MP Jeremy Browne calls for end to Taunton town centre traffic woe

This is The West Country: Jeremy Browne MP wants the traffic lights on Bridge Street re-phased to stop the build-up of cars in the town centre. Jeremy Browne MP wants the traffic lights on Bridge Street re-phased to stop the build-up of cars in the town centre.

TRAFFIC light sequences need to be changed to end congestion which is grinding Taunton to a halt.

That is according to Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne, who has urged Somerset County Council to re-phase the lights outside Pizza Express on Bridge Street.

The area is regularly gridlocked with cars queuing back into town at peak times, causing misery for commuters.

Mr Browne said: “The Third Way Bridge should be helping with traffic congestion but it is currently making it even worse at peak times.

“Cars coming from the Third Way Bridge have a very long left-filter light at the Pizza Express three-way junction but they then get held up at the next set of lights at the beginning of Staplegrove Road.

“That means hardly any cars coming from the town centre can get out when their light turns green.”

During the rush hour, it can take cars up to 20 minutes to get from the Market House to the Pizza Express junction.

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Frustrated motorists are regularly seen blocking the box junction in a desperate attempt to get through.

Mr Browne added: “The lights at the Pizza Express junction need to be re-phased so that fewer cars coming from the Third Way Bridge can filter left each time and some space is left for the cars coming from the town centre.

“I have written to the county council to ask them to address this problem which is causing huge frustration every day for hundreds of motorists.

“The congestion is always pretty bad in Taunton and recent road closures have made it even worse, but the problems at this junction can be addressed and they need to be sorted out as soon as possible.”

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “The phasing of traffic lights systems is complicated but we are happy to consider the issues raised by Mr Browne and investigate whether any changes would improve the situation.”

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9:08pm Wed 26 Feb 14

nat_11 says...

well if you start underground works on every street for weeks at a time that's what you get, who ever organises the permits for these digs should resign!
well if you start underground works on every street for weeks at a time that's what you get, who ever organises the permits for these digs should resign! nat_11
  • Score: 25

10:37pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Little_Owly says...

And it's taken how long for this to be realised????
And it's taken how long for this to be realised???? Little_Owly
  • Score: 23

10:46pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Iain McFarlane says...

I said this the day they opened it....why this long?
I said this the day they opened it....why this long? Iain McFarlane
  • Score: 19

2:24am Thu 27 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

well thank god someone at long last can see we have a problem, its not rocket science to sort it out.Thanks again to our M.P Jeremy Browne but the problem we have now is the waiting game of the council working out how to do it or who is doing it also maybe it would help if they didn't dig up so many roads at once ..
well thank god someone at long last can see we have a problem, its not rocket science to sort it out.Thanks again to our M.P Jeremy Browne but the problem we have now is the waiting game of the council working out how to do it or who is doing it also maybe it would help if they didn't dig up so many roads at once .. ladybird14
  • Score: 11

4:54am Thu 27 Feb 14

kevgt77 says...

It's probably his route to work, so now they are bothered by it, traffic lights in Taunton have been a problem since I can remember regularly taking 45 mins just to get the mile and a half across town, and not just the bridge st/station Road lights it's all routes in and out of the town centre
It's probably his route to work, so now they are bothered by it, traffic lights in Taunton have been a problem since I can remember regularly taking 45 mins just to get the mile and a half across town, and not just the bridge st/station Road lights it's all routes in and out of the town centre kevgt77
  • Score: 16

5:37am Thu 27 Feb 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

At least he is trying to do something. The whole traffic light sequence in town needs sorting as its the same everywhere. You go on green then drive 50 yards only to be met by yet another pointless set of lights that immediately turn red! I cant see why a one way system around some of Taunton cant be looked at. Also, why cant the council or Highways communicate a vision effectively in the traffic solution in our town?
At least he is trying to do something. The whole traffic light sequence in town needs sorting as its the same everywhere. You go on green then drive 50 yards only to be met by yet another pointless set of lights that immediately turn red! I cant see why a one way system around some of Taunton cant be looked at. Also, why cant the council or Highways communicate a vision effectively in the traffic solution in our town? TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 20

8:05am Thu 27 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

That's the general idea Jeremy, the lights across the whole of Tauntons lights are phased incorrectly just to impede traffic flow and put people off coming to town. Whilst you are rightly looking at that end of town you should also look at the Hamilton RD, East Reach jctn as they are phased by pill*cks.
You should have a word with the previous esteemed leader of TDBC Mr Horsley as he took great pride in tinkering with the road plan to "Improve" the town(not).
That's the general idea Jeremy, the lights across the whole of Tauntons lights are phased incorrectly just to impede traffic flow and put people off coming to town. Whilst you are rightly looking at that end of town you should also look at the Hamilton RD, East Reach jctn as they are phased by pill*cks. You should have a word with the previous esteemed leader of TDBC Mr Horsley as he took great pride in tinkering with the road plan to "Improve" the town(not). FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 14

8:47am Thu 27 Feb 14

GoingGreen says...

In my opinion, the only way to significantly reduce congestion, would be to reduce the number of cars on the road. To do that would require those who don’t need to drive to use alternative means. Unfortunately, the majority of those people can’t be bothered. It’s a shame, as it must frustrate the hell out of those drivers who have no alternative but to drive.
In my opinion, the only way to significantly reduce congestion, would be to reduce the number of cars on the road. To do that would require those who don’t need to drive to use alternative means. Unfortunately, the majority of those people can’t be bothered. It’s a shame, as it must frustrate the hell out of those drivers who have no alternative but to drive. GoingGreen
  • Score: -21

9:49am Thu 27 Feb 14

paul.hookway says...

lets just face it; we don't need browne to do this. we just need the pathetic council to actually take notice of what the people it represents actually say and take action on that, rather than ignoring us continually.
lets just face it; we don't need browne to do this. we just need the pathetic council to actually take notice of what the people it represents actually say and take action on that, rather than ignoring us continually. paul.hookway
  • Score: 19

10:13am Thu 27 Feb 14

Dan.fryer22 says...

I've ideas on how to decrease traffic and increase the flow of vehicles in the town but I expect the council wouldn't listen to ordinary folk.
I've ideas on how to decrease traffic and increase the flow of vehicles in the town but I expect the council wouldn't listen to ordinary folk. Dan.fryer22
  • Score: 12

1:39pm Thu 27 Feb 14

duckface08 says...

Wait until the NORTHERN INNER RELIEF ROAD is completed for more traffic chaos. Who decided this route from CHIP LANE in Staplegrove road to PRORY BRIDGE RD.and then over the viaduct to end up at the roundabout in Priorswood rd. Have you been over the viaduct lately??? Still it only cost 21million pounds to create another traffic jam. If we can see it coming why can't the so called experts in their ivory towers?
Wait until the NORTHERN INNER RELIEF ROAD is completed for more traffic chaos. Who decided this route from CHIP LANE in Staplegrove road to PRORY BRIDGE RD.and then over the viaduct to end up at the roundabout in Priorswood rd. Have you been over the viaduct lately??? Still it only cost 21million pounds to create another traffic jam. If we can see it coming why can't the so called experts in their ivory towers? duckface08
  • Score: 15

2:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Dan.fryer22 wrote:
I've ideas on how to decrease traffic and increase the flow of vehicles in the town but I expect the council wouldn't listen to ordinary folk.
Go n on then?
[quote][p][bold]Dan.fryer22[/bold] wrote: I've ideas on how to decrease traffic and increase the flow of vehicles in the town but I expect the council wouldn't listen to ordinary folk.[/p][/quote]Go n on then? FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -1

2:18pm Thu 27 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
Dan.fryer22 wrote:
I've ideas on how to decrease traffic and increase the flow of vehicles in the town but I expect the council wouldn't listen to ordinary folk.
Go n on then?
I bet it's turn of the lights?
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dan.fryer22[/bold] wrote: I've ideas on how to decrease traffic and increase the flow of vehicles in the town but I expect the council wouldn't listen to ordinary folk.[/p][/quote]Go n on then?[/p][/quote]I bet it's turn of the lights? FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -1

2:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Sorry "turn off the lights".
Sorry "turn off the lights". FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 3

7:47pm Thu 27 Feb 14

blackmasquerade says...

TauntonBloke29 wrote:
At least he is trying to do something. The whole traffic light sequence in town needs sorting as its the same everywhere. You go on green then drive 50 yards only to be met by yet another pointless set of lights that immediately turn red! I cant see why a one way system around some of Taunton cant be looked at. Also, why cant the council or Highways communicate a vision effectively in the traffic solution in our town?
Because they don't want to! As I've said many times, SCC Highways seems to go out of their way to create congestion then blame it on too much traffic. There are a number of junctions that could easily be improved by either re-phasing or removing existing signals. Risk adverse or plain stupid, you decide...
[quote][p][bold]TauntonBloke29[/bold] wrote: At least he is trying to do something. The whole traffic light sequence in town needs sorting as its the same everywhere. You go on green then drive 50 yards only to be met by yet another pointless set of lights that immediately turn red! I cant see why a one way system around some of Taunton cant be looked at. Also, why cant the council or Highways communicate a vision effectively in the traffic solution in our town?[/p][/quote]Because they don't want to! As I've said many times, SCC Highways seems to go out of their way to create congestion then blame it on too much traffic. There are a number of junctions that could easily be improved by either re-phasing or removing existing signals. Risk adverse or plain stupid, you decide... blackmasquerade
  • Score: 13

6:19am Fri 28 Feb 14

markyboy123 says...

Never mind all that, what about Jeremy's new beard?
Never mind all that, what about Jeremy's new beard? markyboy123
  • Score: 11

9:18am Fri 28 Feb 14

saltweed says...

The problem in Bridge Street is mostly caused by the traffic light island at the junction with Station Road, Wood Street and Staplegrove Road. In the past, the junction was wide enough for two lanes of cars so that the Station Road traffic could filter right, while the Staplegrove Road traffic moved straight on. Now it is squeezed into a single lane so anyone wanting to go straight on up Staplegrove Road (which is always clear) has to wait behind vehicles turning right into Station Road. Anyone who uses the road regularly could have told them this.
The problem in Bridge Street is mostly caused by the traffic light island at the junction with Station Road, Wood Street and Staplegrove Road. In the past, the junction was wide enough for two lanes of cars so that the Station Road traffic could filter right, while the Staplegrove Road traffic moved straight on. Now it is squeezed into a single lane so anyone wanting to go straight on up Staplegrove Road (which is always clear) has to wait behind vehicles turning right into Station Road. Anyone who uses the road regularly could have told them this. saltweed
  • Score: 15

9:24am Fri 28 Feb 14

saltweed says...

duckface08 wrote:
Wait until the NORTHERN INNER RELIEF ROAD is completed for more traffic chaos. Who decided this route from CHIP LANE in Staplegrove road to PRORY BRIDGE RD.and then over the viaduct to end up at the roundabout in Priorswood rd. Have you been over the viaduct lately??? Still it only cost 21million pounds to create another traffic jam. If we can see it coming why can't the so called experts in their ivory towers?
Yes, and at the other end, where the NIDR comes out at the new roundabout on Staplegrove road, all the traffic from both these roads will end up on the narrowest bit of Staplegrove Road, outside Taunton school. The traffic estimates in planning, which they used to justify this nonsensical scheme, conveniently overlooked the fact that there will be no change to the infrastructure of the road beyond the railway bridge. Look forward to traffic chaos outside Taunton School once this scheme is finished!
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: Wait until the NORTHERN INNER RELIEF ROAD is completed for more traffic chaos. Who decided this route from CHIP LANE in Staplegrove road to PRORY BRIDGE RD.and then over the viaduct to end up at the roundabout in Priorswood rd. Have you been over the viaduct lately??? Still it only cost 21million pounds to create another traffic jam. If we can see it coming why can't the so called experts in their ivory towers?[/p][/quote]Yes, and at the other end, where the NIDR comes out at the new roundabout on Staplegrove road, all the traffic from both these roads will end up on the narrowest bit of Staplegrove Road, outside Taunton school. The traffic estimates in planning, which they used to justify this nonsensical scheme, conveniently overlooked the fact that there will be no change to the infrastructure of the road beyond the railway bridge. Look forward to traffic chaos outside Taunton School once this scheme is finished! saltweed
  • Score: 8

9:36am Fri 28 Feb 14

NFWorchard says...

Try driving along Silk Mills road from Wellington road after 11pm and keeping within the 30mph speed limit with little or no traffic on the road.

First you have to stop at the Bishops Hull lights. Then long before you approach the lights by the Park and Ride, you can see the lights are on red so, if there is no traffic behind you, try reducing your speed, so you dont have to stop at the lights. You still have to stop! You just get started again only to have to stop at the next set of lights and sometimes even the next set! Why? When there is little, or no, joining traffic at night, why are certain red lights set to come on for such long periods?
Try driving along Silk Mills road from Wellington road after 11pm and keeping within the 30mph speed limit with little or no traffic on the road. First you have to stop at the Bishops Hull lights. Then long before you approach the lights by the Park and Ride, you can see the lights are on red so, if there is no traffic behind you, try reducing your speed, so you dont have to stop at the lights. You still have to stop! You just get started again only to have to stop at the next set of lights and sometimes even the next set! Why? When there is little, or no, joining traffic at night, why are certain red lights set to come on for such long periods? NFWorchard
  • Score: 15

2:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

supersnipe4 says...

Until recently I used to regularly drive through or round Taunton half a dozen times a day in the course of business and have the following observations. The traffic lights on the 'northern through route' (Manor Road – Staplegrove, Greenway- Station Rd – Priorswood) appear to have
reasonable phasing. The rest of town suffers from the phasing all being to long allowing queues to back up and block other routes/access. One other point, why is it that when the traffic lights fail the traffic flow improves?
Until recently I used to regularly drive through or round Taunton half a dozen times a day in the course of business and have the following observations. The traffic lights on the 'northern through route' (Manor Road – Staplegrove, Greenway- Station Rd – Priorswood) appear to have reasonable phasing. The rest of town suffers from the phasing all being to long allowing queues to back up and block other routes/access. One other point, why is it that when the traffic lights fail the traffic flow improves? supersnipe4
  • Score: 8

8:43pm Fri 28 Feb 14

daddydave says...

the original design for the third way(about 30 years ago) did not include traffic lights at bridge st junction, as north street was going to be pedestrianized.
but then politicians! what do they know about anything.
the original design for the third way(about 30 years ago) did not include traffic lights at bridge st junction, as north street was going to be pedestrianized. but then politicians! what do they know about anything. daddydave
  • Score: 5

9:38pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Jamesey says...

It's amazing how many expert transport planners their are on here!

There are no easy fixes to the traffic problems in Taunton. IMHO a radical solution is required, such as a one way system through part of the town centre and widening / upgrading of the existing roads and junctions.
It's amazing how many expert transport planners their are on here! There are no easy fixes to the traffic problems in Taunton. IMHO a radical solution is required, such as a one way system through part of the town centre and widening / upgrading of the existing roads and junctions. Jamesey
  • Score: -3

10:00pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ShoulderToShoulder says...

It is widely believed that The Browne One certainly won't be going hungry at any time in the future; after he was caught forcefully inserting, with the use of a crow bar, a well known high street pizza chain's name, at least four times into a 90 second advert, erm.... interview.

Whilst we are on the subject of pizza: The Browne One forgot to employ his usual cheesy smile in this photo! Dough!

I know a few more cheesy puns but they don't get any gouda than this!
It is widely believed that The Browne One certainly won't be going hungry at any time in the future; after he was caught forcefully inserting, with the use of a crow bar, a well known high street pizza chain's name, at least four times into a 90 second advert, erm.... interview. Whilst we are on the subject of pizza: The Browne One forgot to employ his usual cheesy smile in this photo! Dough! I know a few more cheesy puns but they don't get any gouda than this! ShoulderToShoulder
  • Score: 0

5:53am Sat 1 Mar 14

Dr Dave says...

The traffic in and around Taunton has completely turned me to shop online, never worth the aggro journeying into town.
The traffic in and around Taunton has completely turned me to shop online, never worth the aggro journeying into town. Dr Dave
  • Score: 8

10:48am Sat 1 Mar 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

ShoulderToShoulder wrote:
It is widely believed that The Browne One certainly won't be going hungry at any time in the future; after he was caught forcefully inserting, with the use of a crow bar, a well known high street pizza chain's name, at least four times into a 90 second advert, erm.... interview.

Whilst we are on the subject of pizza: The Browne One forgot to employ his usual cheesy smile in this photo! Dough!

I know a few more cheesy puns but they don't get any gouda than this!
Ha! I was beginning to think I was the only one that had noticed that! Not to mention it conveniently being in the first photo, too. Their pizzas are rubbish anyway...

Let's be honest though - all the roads around Taunton (and Bridgwater - I had to pass through there recently and it took 45 minutes to get along Taunton Road) are just woeful! I refuse to go anywhere near the town centre during the day unless it's an absolute necessity.
[quote][p][bold]ShoulderToShoulder[/bold] wrote: It is widely believed that The Browne One certainly won't be going hungry at any time in the future; after he was caught forcefully inserting, with the use of a crow bar, a well known high street pizza chain's name, at least four times into a 90 second advert, erm.... interview. Whilst we are on the subject of pizza: The Browne One forgot to employ his usual cheesy smile in this photo! Dough! I know a few more cheesy puns but they don't get any gouda than this![/p][/quote]Ha! I was beginning to think I was the only one that had noticed that! Not to mention it conveniently being in the first photo, too. Their pizzas are rubbish anyway... Let's be honest though - all the roads around Taunton (and Bridgwater - I had to pass through there recently and it took 45 minutes to get along Taunton Road) are just woeful! I refuse to go anywhere near the town centre during the day unless it's an absolute necessity. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Sat 1 Mar 14

duckface08 says...

Just a quick solution to the traffic light problems along Silk Mills road=====make this road NO RIGHT TURN from both directions with a decent roundabout at each end and you could dispense with EVERY traffic light along this route--simples!!! It will never happen because it would put the incompetents ,whose salaries we pay, out of a job.
Just a quick solution to the traffic light problems along Silk Mills road=====make this road NO RIGHT TURN from both directions with a decent roundabout at each end and you could dispense with EVERY traffic light along this route--simples!!! It will never happen because it would put the incompetents ,whose salaries we pay, out of a job. duckface08
  • Score: 5

7:46am Sun 2 Mar 14

GoingGreen says...

GreatOdin'sRaven wrote:
ShoulderToShoulder wrote: It is widely believed that The Browne One certainly won't be going hungry at any time in the future; after he was caught forcefully inserting, with the use of a crow bar, a well known high street pizza chain's name, at least four times into a 90 second advert, erm.... interview. Whilst we are on the subject of pizza: The Browne One forgot to employ his usual cheesy smile in this photo! Dough! I know a few more cheesy puns but they don't get any gouda than this!
Ha! I was beginning to think I was the only one that had noticed that! Not to mention it conveniently being in the first photo, too. Their pizzas are rubbish anyway... Let's be honest though - all the roads around Taunton (and Bridgwater - I had to pass through there recently and it took 45 minutes to get along Taunton Road) are just woeful! I refuse to go anywhere near the town centre during the day unless it's an absolute necessity.
Well if people didn't drive unless absolutely necessary that would solve a fair bit of the problem. A lazy generation.
[quote][p][bold]GreatOdin'sRaven[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ShoulderToShoulder[/bold] wrote: It is widely believed that The Browne One certainly won't be going hungry at any time in the future; after he was caught forcefully inserting, with the use of a crow bar, a well known high street pizza chain's name, at least four times into a 90 second advert, erm.... interview. Whilst we are on the subject of pizza: The Browne One forgot to employ his usual cheesy smile in this photo! Dough! I know a few more cheesy puns but they don't get any gouda than this![/p][/quote]Ha! I was beginning to think I was the only one that had noticed that! Not to mention it conveniently being in the first photo, too. Their pizzas are rubbish anyway... Let's be honest though - all the roads around Taunton (and Bridgwater - I had to pass through there recently and it took 45 minutes to get along Taunton Road) are just woeful! I refuse to go anywhere near the town centre during the day unless it's an absolute necessity.[/p][/quote]Well if people didn't drive unless absolutely necessary that would solve a fair bit of the problem. A lazy generation. GoingGreen
  • Score: -9

10:27am Sun 2 Mar 14

tonray says...

Now that Jeremy has stirred the dust in SCC and a spokesmans head has appeared above the parapet what change can we expect on the third way lights?Answer very little, a slight tweak of lights maybe.The third way is the jewel in the crown of traffic management and nothing can be allowed to interfere with it's vision.
They seemed to assume that there would be no further traffic using North St so lights can give priority to exiting Wood.Street.
Further to that the lights and junction at Staplegrove junction needs sorting the traffic island blocks what was two lanes,from then Station Road is a nightmare, traffic waiting to turn right into Priory Bridge Road effectively blocks access for vehicles wishing to proceed towards the station.
There must be a relatively easy answer to this bottleneck,the pavement here is very wide and could surely be reduced slightly to ease traffic flow.
Now that Jeremy has stirred the dust in SCC and a spokesmans head has appeared above the parapet what change can we expect on the third way lights?Answer very little, a slight tweak of lights maybe.The third way is the jewel in the crown of traffic management and nothing can be allowed to interfere with it's vision. They seemed to assume that there would be no further traffic using North St so lights can give priority to exiting Wood.Street. Further to that the lights and junction at Staplegrove junction needs sorting the traffic island blocks what was two lanes,from then Station Road is a nightmare, traffic waiting to turn right into Priory Bridge Road effectively blocks access for vehicles wishing to proceed towards the station. There must be a relatively easy answer to this bottleneck,the pavement here is very wide and could surely be reduced slightly to ease traffic flow. tonray
  • Score: 6

7:47pm Sun 2 Mar 14

mansell5 says...

The lights SHOULD give priority to Wood Street. Just think about it for a second. East Reach, Upper High Street, Bridge Street and Cann Street/Shuttern are all distributing traffic around the town. North Street, Corporation Street and East Street are all within the town centre and should really be used for access only (which was the original plan for the Third Way traffic management). Anyone who is daft enough to use those roads in the peak hours deserves to be 'locked in'whilst the signals prioritise the outer routes distributing traffic.
The lights SHOULD give priority to Wood Street. Just think about it for a second. East Reach, Upper High Street, Bridge Street and Cann Street/Shuttern are all distributing traffic around the town. North Street, Corporation Street and East Street are all within the town centre and should really be used for access only (which was the original plan for the Third Way traffic management). Anyone who is daft enough to use those roads in the peak hours deserves to be 'locked in'whilst the signals prioritise the outer routes distributing traffic. mansell5
  • Score: 1

10:36pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Little_Owly says...

According to the Northern Inner Distributor Road paperwork, the right turn into Priory Bridge Road will no longer be a problem -'As part of the proposed scheme, new access roads would be provided from the NIDR (signalised junction) to Station Road and Priory Bridge Road. A bus gate would then be installed at the western end of Priory Bridge Road to prevent access to Station Road at this location to all vehicles except buses. This would have a beneficial impact on the Station Road / Priory Bridge Road junction, as shown in Tables 4 and 5. With the scheme in place (Do Something), traffic on the Priory Bridge approach would be limited to buses only (none modelled), and the signals could be retimed to improve green times for traffic on Station Road. '

So can one assume from that statement that Morrisons and the business around it will be at a 'dead end' at the end of Priory Bridge Road with another bus gate at the end by the Crown and Sceptre?
According to the Northern Inner Distributor Road paperwork, the right turn into Priory Bridge Road will no longer be a problem -'As part of the proposed scheme, new access roads would be provided from the NIDR (signalised junction) to Station Road and Priory Bridge Road. A bus gate would then be installed at the western end of Priory Bridge Road to prevent access to Station Road at this location to all vehicles except buses. This would have a beneficial impact on the Station Road / Priory Bridge Road junction, as shown in Tables 4 and 5. With the scheme in place (Do Something), traffic on the Priory Bridge approach would be limited to buses only (none modelled), and the signals could be retimed to improve green times for traffic on Station Road. ' So can one assume from that statement that Morrisons and the business around it will be at a 'dead end' at the end of Priory Bridge Road with another bus gate at the end by the Crown and Sceptre? Little_Owly
  • Score: 6

11:09pm Sun 2 Mar 14

boliston says...

duckface08 wrote:
Just a quick solution to the traffic light problems along Silk Mills road=====make this road NO RIGHT TURN from both directions with a decent roundabout at each end and you could dispense with EVERY traffic light along this route--simples!!! It will never happen because it would put the incompetents ,whose salaries we pay, out of a job.
It already has a roundabout at each end, so I'm not sure how you make an existing roundabout "decent"?

Making the road "no right turn" would not help much as what happens if you need to turn right into the park and ride? Perhaps not bother and clog up town centre car parks instead?

Also the only safe place for pedestrians and cyclists to cross this busy road is where there are traffic lights (which currently all have a dedicated pedestrian & cycle phase).

Anything that discouranges people from walking or cycling is not going to help if they decide driving instead is easier and safer.
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: Just a quick solution to the traffic light problems along Silk Mills road=====make this road NO RIGHT TURN from both directions with a decent roundabout at each end and you could dispense with EVERY traffic light along this route--simples!!! It will never happen because it would put the incompetents ,whose salaries we pay, out of a job.[/p][/quote]It already has a roundabout at each end, so I'm not sure how you make an existing roundabout "decent"? Making the road "no right turn" would not help much as what happens if you need to turn right into the park and ride? Perhaps not bother and clog up town centre car parks instead? Also the only safe place for pedestrians and cyclists to cross this busy road is where there are traffic lights (which currently all have a dedicated pedestrian & cycle phase). Anything that discouranges people from walking or cycling is not going to help if they decide driving instead is easier and safer. boliston
  • Score: 3

7:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

JRocker7 says...

Taunton needs a ring road.
Taunton needs a ring road. JRocker7
  • Score: 3

9:10pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Bonji says...

Just change it to a roundabout, at least then traffic will be constantly flowing.
Just change it to a roundabout, at least then traffic will be constantly flowing. Bonji
  • Score: 3

11:41am Tue 4 Mar 14

duckface08 says...

Boliston says what about turning right for park and ride=== i thought i made it clear there would be NO RIGHT TURNS traffic would have to proceed to the roundabout and then come back. This would take an additional two minutes or less with no traffic lights . Pedestrians/cyclists , of which there are few,could have specific crossing points under their control,this should satisfy all users of this route especially after dark .
Boliston says what about turning right for park and ride=== i thought i made it clear there would be NO RIGHT TURNS traffic would have to proceed to the roundabout and then come back. This would take an additional two minutes or less with no traffic lights . Pedestrians/cyclists , of which there are few,could have specific crossing points under their control,this should satisfy all users of this route especially after dark . duckface08
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mansell5 says...

duckface08 wrote:
Boliston says what about turning right for park and ride=== i thought i made it clear there would be NO RIGHT TURNS traffic would have to proceed to the roundabout and then come back. This would take an additional two minutes or less with no traffic lights . Pedestrians/cyclists , of which there are few,could have specific crossing points under their control,this should satisfy all users of this route especially after dark .
Oh for goodness sake. This would significantly increase the amount of traffic at each roundabout. They do not have sufficient reserve capacity to accomodate this.
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: Boliston says what about turning right for park and ride=== i thought i made it clear there would be NO RIGHT TURNS traffic would have to proceed to the roundabout and then come back. This would take an additional two minutes or less with no traffic lights . Pedestrians/cyclists , of which there are few,could have specific crossing points under their control,this should satisfy all users of this route especially after dark .[/p][/quote]Oh for goodness sake. This would significantly increase the amount of traffic at each roundabout. They do not have sufficient reserve capacity to accomodate this. mansell5
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1:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

markyboy123 says...

Can I just draw attention to Jezzas beard again please? I feel this discussion is going off track a bit.
Can I just draw attention to Jezzas beard again please? I feel this discussion is going off track a bit. markyboy123
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1:15am Thu 13 Mar 14

zoomkid says...

7th December 2005 Prime Ministers Questions Jeremy Browne: "Like many market towns, Taunton suffers from chronic congestion, which harms the environment, business and local people's quality of life. What measures can the Government take to tackle that problem both in Taunton specifically and in hundreds of other towns across Britain?"

Not much changes does it? Good to know Jezza's been on the case so long though eh?
7th December 2005 Prime Ministers Questions Jeremy Browne: "Like many market towns, Taunton suffers from chronic congestion, which harms the environment, business and local people's quality of life. What measures can the Government take to tackle that problem both in Taunton specifically and in hundreds of other towns across Britain?" Not much changes does it? Good to know Jezza's been on the case so long though eh? zoomkid
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