MP Jeremy Browne in plea to resolve Taunton traffic misery

This is The West Country: Taunton has been gridlocked for several weeks due to a series of roadworks. Taunton has been gridlocked for several weeks due to a series of roadworks.

TAUNTON Deane MP Jeremy Browne is calling on Somerset County Council to take urgent steps to tackle severe traffic congestion in Taunton.

The County Gazette carried a two-page report on the frustrations of commuters struggling to make their way around the town due to a series of roadworks.

Mr Browne said: “Traffic congestion in Taunton is always bad, but in recent weeks it has got even worse.

“The town’s completely gridlocked at peak times.

“The congestion’s really frustrating for motorists and it’s terrible for local businesses.

“The traffic problem in Taunton urgently needs to be addressed. It’s wasting the time of local residents as well as harming the reputation and business prospects of the town.

“Somerset County Council is responsible for the road system in Taunton and it needs an urgent action plan to tackle traffic congestion in Taunton.

“They should also work closely with Taunton Deane Council to make sure the plan to tackle congestion is properly thought through.

“The multiple roadworks around Taunton are causing chaos and the phasing of traffic lights at some junctions is causing extra problems.

“Too much time’s being taken to complete the Northern Inner Distributor Road section at the end of Priory Bridge Road.

“Nobody’s expecting a total solution to all traffic congestion – there are a lot of cars on the roads and some delays are inevitable – but the extent of the traffic gridlock in Taunton has now become unacceptable and it’s damaging the town.”

Work on the Northern Inner Distributor Road is “going well”, according to a county council spokesman.

Once completed it will link Staplegrove Road at the junction with Chip Lane to Priory Avenue via Firepool, cutting congestion in the town centre and opening up the Firepool site for a development of homes, shops and leisure facilities.

Referring to the current gridlock, the spokesman said: “We continue to monitor junctions and traffic movement around the town, and make alterations to ease congestion when possible.”

He said most of the current traffic jams are as a result of the Wessex Water works.

Wessex has acknowledged its current work is in a busy part of town and asked for patience while it completes the work “as quickly as possible”.

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4:19pm Mon 19 May 14

JRocker7 says...

MP Jeremy Browne please for a resolution, Somerset County Council basically says "We're not going to do anything, it's the waterworks fault."
MP Jeremy Browne please for a resolution, Somerset County Council basically says "We're not going to do anything, it's the waterworks fault." JRocker7
  • Score: 9

5:26pm Mon 19 May 14

Monument says...

The Times reports today on Somerset's game with Surrey at the County ground yesterday

"There are so many roadworks around Taunton that spectators could be forgiven for thinking this years Twenty20 competition is being sponsored by the Highways Agency rather than Nat West"

Taunton is now officially a national laughing stock and SCC does sweet FA. Tourists will see such reports and stay well clear.
The Times reports today on Somerset's game with Surrey at the County ground yesterday "There are so many roadworks around Taunton that spectators could be forgiven for thinking this years Twenty20 competition is being sponsored by the Highways Agency rather than Nat West" Taunton is now officially a national laughing stock and SCC does sweet FA. Tourists will see such reports and stay well clear. Monument
  • Score: 27

5:49pm Mon 19 May 14

fed up with thebull says...

MP only intrested because election due!!!!!!!!!!!, who is responsible for removing old forty steps? , before new ones in place, some bright spark no doubt . it really does beggar belief!!!!!!!!!!!!
MP only intrested because election due!!!!!!!!!!!, who is responsible for removing old forty steps? , before new ones in place, some bright spark no doubt . it really does beggar belief!!!!!!!!!!!! fed up with thebull
  • Score: 17

8:59pm Mon 19 May 14

Schoolboy Q says...

I'm still no wiser as to why the access to East St at the top of East Reach has been closed off?

Maybe I've missed the roadwork sign which explains the 16 week closure?

Surely someone at SCC, TDBC and Highways has noticed the ridiculousness of the towns gridlock? Or are they all sat in their offices high fiving each other on the great job they're doing?

A lot of questions, and I want the truth. But I can handle the truth. I promise.
I'm still no wiser as to why the access to East St at the top of East Reach has been closed off? Maybe I've missed the roadwork sign which explains the 16 week closure? Surely someone at SCC, TDBC and Highways has noticed the ridiculousness of the towns gridlock? Or are they all sat in their offices high fiving each other on the great job they're doing? A lot of questions, and I want the truth. But I can handle the truth. I promise. Schoolboy Q
  • Score: 39

9:23am Tue 20 May 14

Slow down! says...

I just feel sorry for the business that are being hit hard due to Wessex waters failure to keep their systems up to date and SCC silly traffic management strategy which is clear to everyone that the don't want cars in Taunton.
I just feel sorry for the business that are being hit hard due to Wessex waters failure to keep their systems up to date and SCC silly traffic management strategy which is clear to everyone that the don't want cars in Taunton. Slow down!
  • Score: 12

11:31am Tue 20 May 14

heather147 says...

It seems that the whole of the eastbound carriageway from the top of Cann Street to Silver Street has been closed off for yet more waterworks. Why? They are only working near Vivary Park gates as far as I can see. Surely temporary traffic lights would be better than all the traffic having to go through town.

It will soon be peak holiday season. Let's hope all these waterworks and road closures will be finished by then otherwise the gridlock will be even worse, with tourists. Probably some tourists will avoid Taunton altogether when they are stuck in the gridlocked traffic along Wellington Road.

It's about time these waterworks were finished. They seemed to have been going on for ages, everywhere in Taunton has been dug up at some point in the last year or so. No wonder motorists are so fed up with it.
It seems that the whole of the eastbound carriageway from the top of Cann Street to Silver Street has been closed off for yet more waterworks. Why? They are only working near Vivary Park gates as far as I can see. Surely temporary traffic lights would be better than all the traffic having to go through town. It will soon be peak holiday season. Let's hope all these waterworks and road closures will be finished by then otherwise the gridlock will be even worse, with tourists. Probably some tourists will avoid Taunton altogether when they are stuck in the gridlocked traffic along Wellington Road. It's about time these waterworks were finished. They seemed to have been going on for ages, everywhere in Taunton has been dug up at some point in the last year or so. No wonder motorists are so fed up with it. heather147
  • Score: 8

11:44am Tue 20 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

I think any further phases of the water works should be delayed and allow the town to recover.

Its a complete lack of management to allow multi-able large roads schemes to go ahead and to blame wessex water is completely unacceptable, they and SHW manage the roads and booking of the roads space they have allowed the booking of these works without a care or thought to its impact.

If this was the HA network and they had two major schemes within 3 miles of each other the poo the fan! They had to put schemes back to allow for the dawlish railway line to be finished as they are still accountable to government unlike SCC seem above the local MP the government and any body!

Time and time again they show nothing but contempt for taunton and the people they are suppose to work for.
I think any further phases of the water works should be delayed and allow the town to recover. Its a complete lack of management to allow multi-able large roads schemes to go ahead and to blame wessex water is completely unacceptable, they and SHW manage the roads and booking of the roads space they have allowed the booking of these works without a care or thought to its impact. If this was the HA network and they had two major schemes within 3 miles of each other the poo the fan! They had to put schemes back to allow for the dawlish railway line to be finished as they are still accountable to government unlike SCC seem above the local MP the government and any body! Time and time again they show nothing but contempt for taunton and the people they are suppose to work for. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 7

11:49am Tue 20 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

Whilst moaning about SHW we were told the a38 from wellington - taunton was in poor condition and TTRO was issued to drop the speed limit to snails pace 30mph!

Then this week no works have been carried out but the limit has been reinstated to 50mph.
Whilst moaning about SHW we were told the a38 from wellington - taunton was in poor condition and TTRO was issued to drop the speed limit to snails pace 30mph! Then this week no works have been carried out but the limit has been reinstated to 50mph. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 13

12:39pm Tue 20 May 14

twigimala says...

Perhaps someone should "look into"switching off the lights @TKMaxx so the through traffic only gets held up once on the parade
Allowing the traffic coming out of Hammet St and up North St to flow better.also make st Augustine st outbound and Winchester st inbound so
They don't interfere with each other and also turn out traffic
Lights there
Perhaps someone should "look into"switching off the lights @TKMaxx so the through traffic only gets held up once on the parade Allowing the traffic coming out of Hammet St and up North St to flow better.also make st Augustine st outbound and Winchester st inbound so They don't interfere with each other and also turn out traffic Lights there twigimala
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Tue 20 May 14

duckface08 says...

I find it quicker to travel to Wellington ,join the M5 and shop at M&S in Exeter thus avoiding all this hassle.
I find it quicker to travel to Wellington ,join the M5 and shop at M&S in Exeter thus avoiding all this hassle. duckface08
  • Score: 6

10:30pm Tue 20 May 14

boliston says...

twigimala wrote:
Perhaps someone should "look into"switching off the lights @TKMaxx so the through traffic only gets held up once on the parade
Allowing the traffic coming out of Hammet St and up North St to flow better.also make st Augustine st outbound and Winchester st inbound so
They don't interfere with each other and also turn out traffic
Lights there
This might be OK for able bodied people who are nimble footed enough to dodge the traffic with no working pedestrian crossing but not so funny for elderly people or blind/partially sighted people who really do rely on pedestrian crossings to do what others take for granted.
[quote][p][bold]twigimala[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone should "look into"switching off the lights @TKMaxx so the through traffic only gets held up once on the parade Allowing the traffic coming out of Hammet St and up North St to flow better.also make st Augustine st outbound and Winchester st inbound so They don't interfere with each other and also turn out traffic Lights there[/p][/quote]This might be OK for able bodied people who are nimble footed enough to dodge the traffic with no working pedestrian crossing but not so funny for elderly people or blind/partially sighted people who really do rely on pedestrian crossings to do what others take for granted. boliston
  • Score: 12

2:21pm Wed 21 May 14

twigimala says...

boliston wrote:
twigimala wrote:
Perhaps someone should "look into"switching off the lights @TKMaxx so the through traffic only gets held up once on the parade
Allowing the traffic coming out of Hammet St and up North St to flow better.also make st Augustine st outbound and Winchester st inbound so
They don't interfere with each other and also turn out traffic
Lights there
This might be OK for able bodied people who are nimble footed enough to dodge the traffic with no working pedestrian crossing but not so funny for elderly people or blind/partially sighted people who really do rely on pedestrian crossings to do what others take for granted.
There's another at the bottom of high st or is that too far? Don't seem to bother people of that ilk doing it in east st by Marks!It would only be whilst this work is being done
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twigimala[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone should "look into"switching off the lights @TKMaxx so the through traffic only gets held up once on the parade Allowing the traffic coming out of Hammet St and up North St to flow better.also make st Augustine st outbound and Winchester st inbound so They don't interfere with each other and also turn out traffic Lights there[/p][/quote]This might be OK for able bodied people who are nimble footed enough to dodge the traffic with no working pedestrian crossing but not so funny for elderly people or blind/partially sighted people who really do rely on pedestrian crossings to do what others take for granted.[/p][/quote]There's another at the bottom of high st or is that too far? Don't seem to bother people of that ilk doing it in east st by Marks!It would only be whilst this work is being done twigimala
  • Score: -9

10:40pm Wed 21 May 14

blackmasquerade says...

Totally agree with many of the comments yet some if the blame has to rest with drivers. Just last week while driving along St James St outbound, I was first stopped behind some idiot making a left turn into St Augustine St (?) or whichever is one way from Priory Bridge Rd, which is clearly signed as no entry. They were trying to negotiate around the signs then going against the flow of traffic.

The second was a large 4x4 who clearly felt they were much too important to queue so drove past everyone & down the entire length of Priory Avenue, thinking they would cut through the Shell garage only to get there & find barriers blocking their exit! They were last seen doing a 3+ turn to come back towards us! A right couple of tw@. I fully understand the frustration but some are only adding to the problems.

Talking of which, & going slightly off-topic I accept but I'm getting sick & tired of a small number of totally selfish drivers thinking they don't need to queue to exit the M5 in the mornings & will sail past often up to mile long queues only to push in further up. Only this morning, a car trying to force their way in unsuccessfully was stopped in the middle lane forcing a fully laden John Lewis trailer to swerve into the outside lane to avoid a collision. Quick thinking on the HGV 's part but if there had been anything in the outside lane then he would have been left with no choice but to ram the car. Frankly I couldn't care less about the car driver but the truck driver would have to live with the consequences of his actions when there would have been absolutely nothing he could do to avoid it. Today the motorist was lucky but I see similar occurrences most days & sadly it's only a matter of time before there's a serious incident. Why these morons think queues don't apply to them yet seem quite happy to put themselves & others at extreme danger is beyond me but Plod need to deal with this as a matter if priority.

Rant over
Totally agree with many of the comments yet some if the blame has to rest with drivers. Just last week while driving along St James St outbound, I was first stopped behind some idiot making a left turn into St Augustine St (?) or whichever is one way from Priory Bridge Rd, which is clearly signed as no entry. They were trying to negotiate around the signs then going against the flow of traffic. The second was a large 4x4 who clearly felt they were much too important to queue so drove past everyone & down the entire length of Priory Avenue, thinking they would cut through the Shell garage only to get there & find barriers blocking their exit! They were last seen doing a 3+ turn to come back towards us! A right couple of tw@. I fully understand the frustration but some are only adding to the problems. Talking of which, & going slightly off-topic I accept but I'm getting sick & tired of a small number of totally selfish drivers thinking they don't need to queue to exit the M5 in the mornings & will sail past often up to mile long queues only to push in further up. Only this morning, a car trying to force their way in unsuccessfully was stopped in the middle lane forcing a fully laden John Lewis trailer to swerve into the outside lane to avoid a collision. Quick thinking on the HGV 's part but if there had been anything in the outside lane then he would have been left with no choice but to ram the car. Frankly I couldn't care less about the car driver but the truck driver would have to live with the consequences of his actions when there would have been absolutely nothing he could do to avoid it. Today the motorist was lucky but I see similar occurrences most days & sadly it's only a matter of time before there's a serious incident. Why these morons think queues don't apply to them yet seem quite happy to put themselves & others at extreme danger is beyond me but Plod need to deal with this as a matter if priority. Rant over blackmasquerade
  • Score: 12

9:09pm Thu 22 May 14

#merme says...

When is the footbridge on Chip Lane going to be built?
It was supposed to reopen by next week...???!!!!
When is the footbridge on Chip Lane going to be built? It was supposed to reopen by next week...???!!!! #merme
  • Score: 8

7:51am Fri 23 May 14

jamking says...

Lots of us could be using largely off road cycle tracks and quiet routes to beat the jams. Check out Taunton cyclecam to see videos of many of these routes.
You can cycle from just about anywhere in Taunton to the town centre and other major destinations in less than 15 minutes.
Lots of us could be using largely off road cycle tracks and quiet routes to beat the jams. Check out Taunton cyclecam to see videos of many of these routes. You can cycle from just about anywhere in Taunton to the town centre and other major destinations in less than 15 minutes. jamking
  • Score: 7

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