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Northwich's trial gyratory will change in the next few weeks
CHANGES are in the pipeline for Northwich’s controversial one-way system.
A number of alterations will be made to the town centre gyratory, which is six months into its 18-month trial.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), which introduced the experiment to see if it would improve traffic flow, said it has been monitoring the system closely and is making the changes after surveys and user comments.
Clr Lynn Riley, executive member for community and environment, said: “We really welcome the comments and feedback we have received from residents, motorists and the travelling public, and these have been monitored from day one.
“All feedback helps us focus on how the new gyratory is working so that we can make changes to improve the flow of traffic around Northwich.
“As a result of this approach there are further changes planned in the forthcoming weeks as part of the trial to address some of the issues which drivers have raised and we have identified through our survey work.
“We believe these measures will help improve the safety and traffic flows around the town centre.”
The key changes will be: • To improve capacity the Chesterway traffic leading across London Road will become three lanes, with centre and outside right lanes having through access up to the bridge. Traffic will still be able to turn right into Dane Street.
• To reduce lane swapping the Weaver Way junction at the Bull Ring from Town Bridge direction only will be closed. Weaver Way will still be accessible via Dane Street and the top of town (Leicester Street).
• Alterations to lane markings along Watling Street to reduce lane swapping.
• New ‘Keep Clear’ road markings at junction of Navigation Road and Chesterway and outside the Co-op to help motorists to join the system.
• The Apple Market Street car park entrance will become two-way with the rear exit to the Bull Ring being closed. This will improve traffic flows at the Bull Ring junction.
The trial continues to be monitored anyone with any comments should ring the Highways Department on 0300 123 7036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for formal objections to the experimental order is July 30 2012. Comments should be sent to Planning and Transport, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Phoenix House, Clough Road, Winsford, CW7 4BD.