New road layout at Gloucester Quay confusing drivers
FEARS have been raised that traffic leaving Gloucester will become "even slower" after a reduction in the number of lanes along a major route.
The Quay has been reduced from two lanes to one towards Gloucester Prison as part of a revamp of the area by Gloucestershire Highways.
They have also installed a new pedestrian island and replaced one to try to make it safer for pedestrians to cross.
But Longlevens motorist Dave Bennett has warned that the lane reduction could create traffic backlogs.
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He said: "I can't understand why they have done it.
"Traffic is already bad and this will only serve to slow the road down further for those people trying to get out of Gloucester."
Lines have also been repainted with new hatchings to try to slow vehicles down.
Councillors said the work was necessary to make the route safer.
County councillor Pam Tracey (C, Hempsted and Westgate) said: "I'm pleased this safety work is finally going ahead following residents' concerns.
"With the speed limit along the Quay at 30mph we want to see vehicles travelling slower along this stretch making it safer for everyone."
Highways manager at Gloucestershire County Council, Sally Godwin, said: "The hatch markings are designed to encourage drivers to keep to the 30mph speed limit and make the road safer for all users.
"Following concerns raised by some residents, we will be carrying out work in the next few weeks to shorten the markings and give drivers extra space to turn into the filter lane on to Severn Road. We will continue to monitor the effect of this scheme."
Another motorist, who did not want to be named, said the new layout was a potential problem for drivers who may be unfamiliar with the area.
He said: "The markings cause confusion and a hazard especially when cars turn into Severn Road.
"The hatch markings that are in the outer lane have not changed the use of the lane in any way.
"The Highway Code states you can use the lane if safe to do so.
"Unfortunately not everybody knows this and this causes a hazard when cars turn into the filter lane on to Severn Road cutting across those using the hatch lane.
"It is a total waste of money.
"The money would be better spent on the repair of the numerous pot holes."
A brutal winter wreaked havoc on the city's roads, with road gangs playing catch up on repairs through the summer.
The county council sent extra highways teams out to treat more than 15,000 potholes. Bodium Avenue will be repaired in November. And before the end of the year Vauxhall Road, Glynn Road, Thomson Road and Stratton Road, all in Barton and Tredworth, will be fixed.