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Commuters fearing the worst over roadworks to improve C&G roundabout at Barnwood

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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COMMUTERS in Gloucester are fearing the worst over roadworks at two of the city’s busiest junctions, which begin on Monday.

New traffic light systems, additional lanes and widened roads will be installed as part of a £3.1million scheme to improve the Walls and C&G roundabouts at the A38 and A417 in Barnwood.

Roadworks at Walls roundabout will begin on Monday and are set to finish in July, while the renovation of the C&G roundabout will begin in June and will be completed either later this year or in 2015.

The roundabouts are often gridlocked during peak times since new businesses opened on the Barnwood business park. Jamie Fisher, who runs Fisher’s School of Motoring, said: “In rush hour the roads can just be absolute mayhem. I can see this problem getting much worse before it gets better.

“I feel sorry for the people who have to work or drive through the area.”

A commuter based in Longford said: “With this work the roads in the area will be total chaos. On most mornings we cannot get out of our driveway, and it takes us up to 20 minutes to go 150 yards.

“Other people will have to go to work early or find another way in, but I can’t see how we will cope as there are no alternative routes.”

The scheme will be paid for with £2.2million of government funding, with the balance to be shared between contributions from Gloucestershire County Council and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Lynda Newman, from the Freeway School of Motoring, said: “It would take me around 50 minutes to drive from Longlevens to Quedgeley to see my daughter during rush hour. I just don’t bother driving in that time as I know the congestion will be bad.

“The work needs doing though so we’ll just have to bear with it while it’s being done.”

A team of trained travel advisors are currently calling door-to-door in Gloucester to promote walking, cycling, car-sharing and using public transport as alternatives to single-occupancy car travel.

Councillor Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure, said: “This work forms part of our wider plans to improve the transport system in the county over the next few years. We understand the contribution investing in our roads makes to the economic prosperity of the county.

“Whilst we are doing our best to minimise the inconvenience, some travel disruption is inevitable. I urge people who need to use these roundabouts to think about their travel choices as there are alternatives to consider. Please bear with us while the improvements are made. ”

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  • dcfc79  |  March 15 2014, 9:07PM

    RWT1203 theres many driver out there who have no idea what lane they need to be in and cut other drivers up.

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  • dcfc79  |  March 15 2014, 9:04PM

    I was tol the works would be happening between 10am and 3pm, cant vouch for this info as being definite but will be interesting to see if they stick to that schedule.

  • RWT1203  |  March 15 2014, 7:54PM

    Why don't C&G and other Barnwood Businesses stagger and make flexible employees starting times? Hopefully all motorists know which lane they need to be in well before the make the junction.

  • Tree1974  |  March 15 2014, 6:38PM

    GlosAnarchy, Google ThinkTravel Gloucester. I think you may be quite interested. On the back of this road scheme a huge amount of money is being invested by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Ultimately, it is people's mindset that will need to change to make a difference to the way we all travel and with people's 'I'm alright Jack' attitude I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for change. In the meantime, I am looking forward to all the music I will be able to listen to in the car on my way to work in Ullenwood each day. I wonder how much longer my commute will be during the works and whether there will be a noticeable difference to the time it takes me now when it's all finished?

  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 15 2014, 4:33PM

    The "transport scheme" is no such thing it's a car scheme, they could have provided us with bus routes through the site to get people out of their cars! A lot lower cost, better for the environment!

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  • taylke  |  March 15 2014, 11:06AM

    A commuter in Longford affected by roadworks at the C&G or Walls roundabout! That is a big traffic jam. I wonder what alternatives the councillor is suggesting. Buses will get trapped in the congestion just as much as cars. Cycling or walking just aren't practical alternatives to many people.

  • P---C  |  March 15 2014, 9:44AM

    they still aren't putting in a second vehicular entrance/exit to that business park though which is what is really needed

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