Anger at £650K "waste of money" roundabout project

Braintree and Witham Times: A crash yesterday morning. No one was seriously injured. A crash yesterday morning. No one was seriously injured.

Frustrated drivers claim £650,000 improvement works at a notoriously congested roundabout were a “total waste of money”.

Work on Galleys Corner roundabout was completed this month and involved changes to lane markings and signage.

Motorist Paul Cutts, 34, said: “They might as well have dug a pit in the middle of it and poured the cash straight into it.” 

The Highways Agency hopes the scheme will reduce queues heading towards Great Notley and Stansted. 

 

See the BWT for the full story. 

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10:10am Thu 27 Mar 14

Lynette Flint says...

Good to see headlines agreeing with my comment posted yesterday couldn't agree more total waste of money. This is not the first time money has been wasted on this junction stating it will help the traffic keep moving. Keep saving your money until you have enough to do the job properly by building underpass!! I have been travelling on this road for over thirty years and it just keeps getting worse. It would help however a little if drivers actually used their indicators.
Good to see headlines agreeing with my comment posted yesterday couldn't agree more total waste of money. This is not the first time money has been wasted on this junction stating it will help the traffic keep moving. Keep saving your money until you have enough to do the job properly by building underpass!! I have been travelling on this road for over thirty years and it just keeps getting worse. It would help however a little if drivers actually used their indicators. Lynette Flint
  • Score: 14

11:51am Thu 27 Mar 14

/@|_|@\ says...

I moved away from Braintree thirty years ago and am currently back in town and I too have noticed the appalling reduction in the use of indicators. I flashed (!) a female after she pulled right out in front of me on the A120. She finally moved back over and, in between continuing to roll her fag, she flipped me the single finger salute. I shan't say exactly the words I used but she wasn't happy with me by the time I finished.

Galley's Corner is a disaster and I can't see any difference
when I was here in October or today.
I moved away from Braintree thirty years ago and am currently back in town and I too have noticed the appalling reduction in the use of indicators. I flashed (!) a female after she pulled right out in front of me on the A120. She finally moved back over and, in between continuing to roll her fag, she flipped me the single finger salute. I shan't say exactly the words I used but she wasn't happy with me by the time I finished. Galley's Corner is a disaster and I can't see any difference when I was here in October or today. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 2

5:48pm Thu 27 Mar 14

TheTaxpayer says...

Perhaps we should be grateful for now.
When the cretins spent all my money on an unwanted and unneeded remodelling and traffic light fairytale at the Jubilee Oak junction, they gave us months and months of deliberate impediment and traffic chaos.
I can't tell you how many hours I was stuck in those deliberately set up queues with ridiculously long waiting times, watching empty roadworks.
When the scheme was finally finished, it killed a woman within a week.
Perhaps we should be grateful for now. When the cretins spent all my money on an unwanted and unneeded remodelling and traffic light fairytale at the Jubilee Oak junction, they gave us months and months of deliberate impediment and traffic chaos. I can't tell you how many hours I was stuck in those deliberately set up queues with ridiculously long waiting times, watching empty roadworks. When the scheme was finally finished, it killed a woman within a week. TheTaxpayer
  • Score: 4

12:36am Fri 28 Mar 14

James Abbott says...

Lynette Flint is spot on.

We have been calling for the Highways Agency to separate the through traffic from the local traffic for over a decade now - by putting the A120 into an underpass.

This was done on the approach to Southend - why not Braintree ?
Lynette Flint is spot on. We have been calling for the Highways Agency to separate the through traffic from the local traffic for over a decade now - by putting the A120 into an underpass. This was done on the approach to Southend - why not Braintree ? James Abbott
  • Score: 5

7:30am Fri 28 Mar 14

Kevman28 says...

Whatever idiots decided this was a good idea should be sacked! The only difference the changes have made is a set of nice new road markings. All that time, money and effort for nothing. It's like spending thousands to extend your living room by 1 inch. Utter useless.
Whatever idiots decided this was a good idea should be sacked! The only difference the changes have made is a set of nice new road markings. All that time, money and effort for nothing. It's like spending thousands to extend your living room by 1 inch. Utter useless. Kevman28
  • Score: 9

12:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Butercup66 says...

Could they not have closed Cressing road access towards the rugby club and put a filter lane straight through to the A120 Colchester direction?

I appreciate this will not solve the problem from Colchester and will mean Cressing road users using alternative routes but the q from the King William pub roundabout of an evening will reduce.

Ideally some sort of fly over bridge needs to be invented with a contraflow but that's science fiction well beyond the realms of possibilities
Could they not have closed Cressing road access towards the rugby club and put a filter lane straight through to the A120 Colchester direction? I appreciate this will not solve the problem from Colchester and will mean Cressing road users using alternative routes but the q from the King William pub roundabout of an evening will reduce. Ideally some sort of fly over bridge needs to be invented with a contraflow but that's science fiction well beyond the realms of possibilities Butercup66
  • Score: 3

10:23pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Lynette Flint says...

Kevman28 wrote:
Whatever idiots decided this was a good idea should be sacked! The only difference the changes have made is a set of nice new road markings. All that time, money and effort for nothing. It's like spending thousands to extend your living room by 1 inch. Utter useless.
You are so right. Do not understand the yellow lines as they are meant as a warning to slow down the traffic, however you are at a stop when you get to them due to the constant Queueing
[quote][p][bold]Kevman28[/bold] wrote: Whatever idiots decided this was a good idea should be sacked! The only difference the changes have made is a set of nice new road markings. All that time, money and effort for nothing. It's like spending thousands to extend your living room by 1 inch. Utter useless.[/p][/quote]You are so right. Do not understand the yellow lines as they are meant as a warning to slow down the traffic, however you are at a stop when you get to them due to the constant Queueing Lynette Flint
  • Score: 1

8:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

iammystified says...

Not sure its helped the traffic. The last two evenings its been worse than ever - queuing back past Great Notley by 5.30pm
Not sure its helped the traffic. The last two evenings its been worse than ever - queuing back past Great Notley by 5.30pm iammystified
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Yup - no different nor better than I4 in Orlando, Florida or I5 (405) in Los Angeles, California (where of course, as one somewhat less than erudite poster mentioned elsewhere, that they all drive with their cruise controls set at 60 mph and the roads were FAR better. I was there in the evenings as 'iammystified' was and can attest to her observation).
Yup - no different nor better than I4 in Orlando, Florida or I5 (405) in Los Angeles, California (where of course, as one somewhat less than erudite poster mentioned elsewhere, that they all drive with their cruise controls set at 60 mph and the roads were FAR better. I was there in the evenings as 'iammystified' was and can attest to her observation). /@|_|@\
  • Score: 0

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