Helston roads chaos as bypass is resurfaced

This is The West Country: Some of the traffic queuing up at the bottom of Coinagehall Street as it attempts to get through the town. Some of the traffic queuing up at the bottom of Coinagehall Street as it attempts to get through the town.

Just how did people manage before The Furry bypass road was built in Helston?

The three-day closure in one direction at the end of last week, for resurfacing, showed just how reliant the town has become on it and how chaotic the centre would be if it was no longer there.

Attempting to get from Penzance Road to the Meneage Road end of town suddenly required route planning with military precision by motorists not wishing to get stuck in agonisingly slow queues.

The main problem was, unsurprisingly, the traffic lights in Coinagehall Street. The sheer volume of traffic all trying to get from the south to the north meant that queues stretched along the entire street, down Monument Road, around the roundabout and back along Penzance Road at certain times of the day.

Those trying to bypass at least part of the congestion, by taking a sneaky shortcut through St John's and Nettles Hill, found this backfired as they met cars attempting to do the same in the opposite direction.

And this was just with one lane closure.

Let us hope that when Cornwall Council carries out its promised public consultation as part of a “transport strategy” for the town, such congestion problems are taken into due consideration when it comes to any proposed changes to traffic and transport in Helston.

 

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2:25pm Sat 16 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Well if we had a decent reliable public transport system more people may be encouraged to use that. They could do with a shuttle bus from the Fairground car-park.
Well if we had a decent reliable public transport system more people may be encouraged to use that. They could do with a shuttle bus from the Fairground car-park. Gillian Zella Martin 09

5:41pm Sat 16 Mar 13

helstonborn says...

Thank goodness a large amount of traffic was able to go across Cross Street- it would have been a disaster if that was cut off as well!
Thank goodness a large amount of traffic was able to go across Cross Street- it would have been a disaster if that was cut off as well! helstonborn

9:19pm Sat 16 Mar 13

meerkats says...

A lot of places have had their roads resurfaced through the night to minimise traffic disruption.. Suppose it would be too noisy for the residents along the Furry Road for them to do this .
A lot of places have had their roads resurfaced through the night to minimise traffic disruption.. Suppose it would be too noisy for the residents along the Furry Road for them to do this . meerkats

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