Commuters welcome plans for C&G roundabout to solve gridlock
PLANS to improve traffic problems at the C&G and Walls roundabouts were met with approval by shoppers at the Sainsbury’s store in Barnwood yesterday.
In May this year, the Department of Transport approved the County Council’s bid for £2.2million of funding to help tackle the serious congestion issue on the A38 and A417 at the C&G and Wall’s roundabouts in the Barnwood area.
Richard Overton, who works at EDF Energy in Barnett Way, said: “I commute from Berkeley and the traffic is definitely a problem at rush hour and it is great to see something being done to solve the problems.
“I remember when staff from Sainsbury’s were handing out ice creams to people stuck in the car park here during the hot weather.”
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The scheme will cost £3.1million in total, which will be met with the £2.17million government funding, with the balance to be shared between the county council’s and Sainsbury’s contributions.
These plans include changes to the junctions, widening of lanes, new, more flexible traffic light systems and extra lanes.
Lorraine Peters, from Tibberton, who also works in Barnett Way said: “These plans have been a long time coming. The traffic at rush hour is a nightmare.
“The widening of lanes and the addition of traffic lights will definitely improve things.”
Jonathan Tell, a Lloyds worker, from Brockworth, who also commutes to the area welcomed the move, he added: “We’ve been asking for extra lanes and traffic lights here for some time now.
“There have been occassions when I have left my car in the car park and walked home because the traffic has been so bad.”
Gloucestershire Highways staff were on hand to discuss the proposals with those who were wanted to find out more. County councillor Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure, said: “This scheme is really important to help address the congestion at the C&G and Walls roundabouts which is a real issue for drivers and is having an impact across Gloucester.”
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, added: “We will be appointing the contractor in January 2014 and will be working with them as a priority to see how we can keep disruption to a minimum.”