Roundabout work to begin in June as part of Bridgwater Hospital plans

This is The West Country: Work on the Bath Road/Bower Lane junction later this year will support the development of the new Bridgwater Hospital. Work on the Bath Road/Bower Lane junction later this year will support the development of the new Bridgwater Hospital.

WORK is scheduled to begin in early June on a new roundabout at the Bath Road/Bower Lane junction, as part of the Bridgwater Hospital development.

The work is expected to take nearly three months but Bath Road will remain open throughout, with traffic control rather than a road closure in place.

The hospital could welcome its first patients in the autumn of 2014. Cllr Hall said: “These road improvements, together with the work at Crandon Bridge (on the A39) and the A38 will make a big difference to traffic in that part of town.”

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9:35pm Fri 11 Jan 13

the voice of common sense says...

This will make it easier to exit Bower estate in the morning, to make it even better why don't SDC install roundabouts at the other end of Bower Lane, both ends of Parkway and at the Wills Road/ Taunton Road junctions as well, that will help the traffic move a bit better.

Then give the pig ignorant drivers who block off road exits because they are too busy using their phones to check on facebook and twitter (what an appropriate name!) some driving lessons and we will all be better off
This will make it easier to exit Bower estate in the morning, to make it even better why don't SDC install roundabouts at the other end of Bower Lane, both ends of Parkway and at the Wills Road/ Taunton Road junctions as well, that will help the traffic move a bit better. Then give the pig ignorant drivers who block off road exits because they are too busy using their phones to check on facebook and twitter (what an appropriate name!) some driving lessons and we will all be better off the voice of common sense
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1:47pm Sat 12 Jan 13

sheldoncooper says...

the voice of common sense wrote:
This will make it easier to exit Bower estate in the morning, to make it even better why don't SDC install roundabouts at the other end of Bower Lane, both ends of Parkway and at the Wills Road/ Taunton Road junctions as well, that will help the traffic move a bit better.

Then give the pig ignorant drivers who block off road exits because they are too busy using their phones to check on facebook and twitter (what an appropriate name!) some driving lessons and we will all be better off
Totally agree. A roundabout will make it so much easier getting out of Bower onto Bath Road
[quote][p][bold]the voice of common sense[/bold] wrote: This will make it easier to exit Bower estate in the morning, to make it even better why don't SDC install roundabouts at the other end of Bower Lane, both ends of Parkway and at the Wills Road/ Taunton Road junctions as well, that will help the traffic move a bit better. Then give the pig ignorant drivers who block off road exits because they are too busy using their phones to check on facebook and twitter (what an appropriate name!) some driving lessons and we will all be better off[/p][/quote]Totally agree. A roundabout will make it so much easier getting out of Bower onto Bath Road sheldoncooper
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12:11am Sun 13 Jan 13

crunchtime says...

Roundabout will not necessarily make it easier, ask any driver trying to get out of or into stockmoor, or wilstock village on a weekday morning or evening.
Drivers constantly block these roundabouts and use them as though they are a t-junctions not roundabouts, while others use stockmoor as a rat run to avoid queues adding to the misery of residents.
Roundabout will not necessarily make it easier, ask any driver trying to get out of or into stockmoor, or wilstock village on a weekday morning or evening. Drivers constantly block these roundabouts and use them as though they are a t-junctions not roundabouts, while others use stockmoor as a rat run to avoid queues adding to the misery of residents. crunchtime
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9:30am Tue 15 Jan 13

Blue Owl says...

sheldoncooper wrote:
the voice of common sense wrote:
This will make it easier to exit Bower estate in the morning, to make it even better why don't SDC install roundabouts at the other end of Bower Lane, both ends of Parkway and at the Wills Road/ Taunton Road junctions as well, that will help the traffic move a bit better.

Then give the pig ignorant drivers who block off road exits because they are too busy using their phones to check on facebook and twitter (what an appropriate name!) some driving lessons and we will all be better off
Totally agree. A roundabout will make it so much easier getting out of Bower onto Bath Road
I agree with all the Posts b4, but what concerns me is the detail, not there in this report, as one of the then Cllrs who actually voted for this Site, as it was the only Site available @ the time of consideration, with a time scale of bidding for the funding, which in the end was'nt there with the last Labour Gov @ Central Gov.
Thank goodness the Tory Admin, managed to secure the funding to enable this New Hospital to be built albeit delayed by 18 Months.
I do not recall, any discussions, re a roundabout on Bath Rd itself!!, there were then discussions as to putting a Traffic Controlled T Junction @ Bath Rd with Bower, and a Round-a-Bout at the Access And Egress Point, with the Bower Lane itself. !!
I would like this confirmed, as I have not seen the Plans as they were presented to SDC. Perhaps the Reporter who wrote this piece could clarify this. As it will mean perhaps 2 Roundabouts, which could work!!
Regards David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]sheldoncooper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the voice of common sense[/bold] wrote: This will make it easier to exit Bower estate in the morning, to make it even better why don't SDC install roundabouts at the other end of Bower Lane, both ends of Parkway and at the Wills Road/ Taunton Road junctions as well, that will help the traffic move a bit better. Then give the pig ignorant drivers who block off road exits because they are too busy using their phones to check on facebook and twitter (what an appropriate name!) some driving lessons and we will all be better off[/p][/quote]Totally agree. A roundabout will make it so much easier getting out of Bower onto Bath Road[/p][/quote]I agree with all the Posts b4, but what concerns me is the detail, not there in this report, as one of the then Cllrs who actually voted for this Site, as it was the only Site available @ the time of consideration, with a time scale of bidding for the funding, which in the end was'nt there with the last Labour Gov @ Central Gov. Thank goodness the Tory Admin, managed to secure the funding to enable this New Hospital to be built albeit delayed by 18 Months. I do not recall, any discussions, re a roundabout on Bath Rd itself!!, there were then discussions as to putting a Traffic Controlled T Junction @ Bath Rd with Bower, and a Round-a-Bout at the Access And Egress Point, with the Bower Lane itself. !! I would like this confirmed, as I have not seen the Plans as they were presented to SDC. Perhaps the Reporter who wrote this piece could clarify this. As it will mean perhaps 2 Roundabouts, which could work!! Regards David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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12:59pm Tue 15 Jan 13

sheldoncooper says...

According to SCCs website the work is as follows:-

"Construction of a new roundabout on A39/Bower Lane junction to replace the existing ghost island right turn Lane. Construction includes some earthworks, drainage, carriageway widening/overlay of existing, accommodation works, footways, crossing points, bus stop pull-ins, traffic signs and road markings, street lighting, some grass ** Unrestricted two way traffic will be maintained on the A39 on weekdays 07.30 ¿ 09.30 and 15.30 ¿ 18.30."

Now there is no Junction with Bower Lane on the A39...the Junction is with Whitfield Road. Bower Lane runs off of Whitfield Road. Its a common error in all fairness but according to the above the roundabout is defo on the A39 / Whitfield Rd Junction.
According to SCCs website the work is as follows:- "Construction of a new roundabout on A39/Bower Lane junction to replace the existing ghost island right turn Lane. Construction includes some earthworks, drainage, carriageway widening/overlay of existing, accommodation works, footways, crossing points, bus stop pull-ins, traffic signs and road markings, street lighting, some grass ** Unrestricted two way traffic will be maintained on the A39 on weekdays 07.30 ¿ 09.30 and 15.30 ¿ 18.30." Now there is no Junction with Bower Lane on the A39...the Junction is with Whitfield Road. Bower Lane runs off of Whitfield Road. Its a common error in all fairness but according to the above the roundabout is defo on the A39 / Whitfield Rd Junction. sheldoncooper
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1:51pm Tue 15 Jan 13

frags27 says...

There is supposed to be a mini roundabout on the entry to the hospital in addition to the roundabout on Bath Road. This was on the plans that I as an unfortunate resident who wouldbe affected was able to see. Past caring about it all as I won't be in the area for much longer anyway!! :-)
There is supposed to be a mini roundabout on the entry to the hospital in addition to the roundabout on Bath Road. This was on the plans that I as an unfortunate resident who wouldbe affected was able to see. Past caring about it all as I won't be in the area for much longer anyway!! :-) frags27
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3:04pm Tue 15 Jan 13

sheldoncooper says...

I'm at the other end of Bower thankfully but pass the entrance 2 or 3 times a day - if you are in that area you have my every sympathy !
I'm at the other end of Bower thankfully but pass the entrance 2 or 3 times a day - if you are in that area you have my every sympathy ! sheldoncooper
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9:03am Thu 17 Jan 13

Blue Owl says...

Thankyou, for your clarifying this , as I had'nt seen the latest, detail highway plans for A39 Bath Rd, ie Lights or R-A- Bout. If it is to be the latter, then that should be much better than Lights, so long as SCC Highways, don't then put lights in as well, as they tend to on other junctions, that they consider are needed.
Blue-Owl Regards
Thankyou, for your clarifying this , as I had'nt seen the latest, detail highway plans for A39 Bath Rd, ie Lights or R-A- Bout. If it is to be the latter, then that should be much better than Lights, so long as SCC Highways, don't then put lights in as well, as they tend to on other junctions, that they consider are needed. Blue-Owl Regards Blue Owl
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