Heavy traffic in Taunton town centre

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  • Traffic closed off from North Street into East Street due to accident
  • Elderly man hurt in collision
  • Problems compounded by ongoing roadworks across Taunton

2:52pm

2:50pm

EAST Street has now reopened and traffic is beginning to ease.

2:23pm

AN elderly man is believed to have been injured in the collision in East Street, but it is not known how seriously.

2:21pm

THE ongoing Wessex Water roadworks in other areas of town are not helping of course.ย 

2:18pm

THE closure is causing huge delays as drivers find alternative routes.

Traffic has also been extremely slow in Wellington Road for some time.

2:11pm

THE County Gazette has received reports that East Street is partially closed.

For drivers heading from North Street towards East Street, the road is closed off at the roundabout with Fore Street.ย 

It is understood ambulance crews are attending an accident in East Street.

2:05pm

MOTORISTS face a major struggle to get across Taunton today, with reports that simple journeys across the town centre are taking more than half an hour.

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4:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

david1966 says...

Best pin this as top news item as it happens every day.

Come on SCC sort out the mess you have created.
Best pin this as top news item as it happens every day. Come on SCC sort out the mess you have created. david1966
  • Score: 10

4:51pm Sat 7 Jun 14

twigimala says...

SCC won't do anything because it makes them look like they don't know what they're doing -oh hang on!
SCC won't do anything because it makes them look like they don't know what they're doing -oh hang on! twigimala
  • Score: 13

8:03pm Sat 7 Jun 14

heather147 says...

I was dismayed to see a notice stating "A38 Eastbound closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks" This, I think, is from the top of Paul Street to Silver Street. Why? This is only a short stretch of road. Why are there no temporary traffic lights? And why is the whole stretch of road closed from the top of Cann Street all the way along Upper High Street when the works are taking place at the top of Paul Street?

I am of the opinion that these waterworks should be suspended until at least September. We are not yet at the peak holiday season. Tourists will steer well clear of Taunton. Taunton was gridlocked at 1.15 pm on Monday lunchtime. Goodness knows what it will be like on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
I was dismayed to see a notice stating "A38 Eastbound closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks" This, I think, is from the top of Paul Street to Silver Street. Why? This is only a short stretch of road. Why are there no temporary traffic lights? And why is the whole stretch of road closed from the top of Cann Street all the way along Upper High Street when the works are taking place at the top of Paul Street? I am of the opinion that these waterworks should be suspended until at least September. We are not yet at the peak holiday season. Tourists will steer well clear of Taunton. Taunton was gridlocked at 1.15 pm on Monday lunchtime. Goodness knows what it will be like on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August. heather147
  • Score: 15

9:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

chachacha27 says...

heather147 wrote:
I was dismayed to see a notice stating "A38 Eastbound closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks" This, I think, is from the top of Paul Street to Silver Street. Why? This is only a short stretch of road. Why are there no temporary traffic lights? And why is the whole stretch of road closed from the top of Cann Street all the way along Upper High Street when the works are taking place at the top of Paul Street?

I am of the opinion that these waterworks should be suspended until at least September. We are not yet at the peak holiday season. Tourists will steer well clear of Taunton. Taunton was gridlocked at 1.15 pm on Monday lunchtime. Goodness knows what it will be like on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.
It's an absolute joke! If I come into town from Bishops Lydeard on a Friday, it normally takes me over an hour to get too Tangier car park, and has taken, at 4pm, over 1 1/2 hours to get home. I have now stopped coming in and go to Williton and Minehead if I need anything.
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: I was dismayed to see a notice stating "A38 Eastbound closed from 02/06/2014 for 8 weeks" This, I think, is from the top of Paul Street to Silver Street. Why? This is only a short stretch of road. Why are there no temporary traffic lights? And why is the whole stretch of road closed from the top of Cann Street all the way along Upper High Street when the works are taking place at the top of Paul Street? I am of the opinion that these waterworks should be suspended until at least September. We are not yet at the peak holiday season. Tourists will steer well clear of Taunton. Taunton was gridlocked at 1.15 pm on Monday lunchtime. Goodness knows what it will be like on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August.[/p][/quote]It's an absolute joke! If I come into town from Bishops Lydeard on a Friday, it normally takes me over an hour to get too Tangier car park, and has taken, at 4pm, over 1 1/2 hours to get home. I have now stopped coming in and go to Williton and Minehead if I need anything. chachacha27
  • Score: 13

9:28pm Sat 7 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

So what's new!
So what's new! RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 7

9:11am Sun 8 Jun 14

Dr Dave says...

Does anybody know what the roadworks that were due to start on May 27th at Silk Mills (by the new development) is/was all about?? Surely that will just add to the chaos - or has someone seen sense and delayed the works until the water works are complete?
Does anybody know what the roadworks that were due to start on May 27th at Silk Mills (by the new development) is/was all about?? Surely that will just add to the chaos - or has someone seen sense and delayed the works until the water works are complete? Dr Dave
  • Score: 7

3:56pm Sun 8 Jun 14

biggberhard says...

With referance to taunton traffic light fiasco.do many peaple remember the very efficient rounabout at creech castle.this should never had been changed to control by lights.this was changed to make it harder to get to a certain superstore.this i feel was the start of the traffic light cancer.this roundabout should certainly be reinstated,with mybe more considered so we can have a more steady flow of traffic.
With referance to taunton traffic light fiasco.do many peaple remember the very efficient rounabout at creech castle.this should never had been changed to control by lights.this was changed to make it harder to get to a certain superstore.this i feel was the start of the traffic light cancer.this roundabout should certainly be reinstated,with mybe more considered so we can have a more steady flow of traffic. biggberhard
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Sun 8 Jun 14

boliston says...

biggberhard wrote:
With referance to taunton traffic light fiasco.do many peaple remember the very efficient rounabout at creech castle.this should never had been changed to control by lights.this was changed to make it harder to get to a certain superstore.this i feel was the start of the traffic light cancer.this roundabout should certainly be reinstated,with mybe more considered so we can have a more steady flow of traffic.
Roundabouts can work when there are low volumes of traffic but at peak times they work very badly unless each entry point is evenly balanced with traffic flow. There is also a far greater risk of accidents at roundabouts as people often fail to give way to traffic that has priority and simply enter the roundabout regardless, often without even slowing down.
[quote][p][bold]biggberhard[/bold] wrote: With referance to taunton traffic light fiasco.do many peaple remember the very efficient rounabout at creech castle.this should never had been changed to control by lights.this was changed to make it harder to get to a certain superstore.this i feel was the start of the traffic light cancer.this roundabout should certainly be reinstated,with mybe more considered so we can have a more steady flow of traffic.[/p][/quote]Roundabouts can work when there are low volumes of traffic but at peak times they work very badly unless each entry point is evenly balanced with traffic flow. There is also a far greater risk of accidents at roundabouts as people often fail to give way to traffic that has priority and simply enter the roundabout regardless, often without even slowing down. boliston
  • Score: 5

4:52pm Sun 8 Jun 14

GoingGreen says...

Time to get out yer cars!
Time to get out yer cars! GoingGreen
  • Score: -9

8:43pm Sun 8 Jun 14

JRocker7 says...

SCC sucks.
SCC sucks. JRocker7
  • Score: 6

8:44pm Sun 8 Jun 14

JRocker7 says...

I mean, seriously, what else is new? SCC does not seem to care in the slightest.
I mean, seriously, what else is new? SCC does not seem to care in the slightest. JRocker7
  • Score: 5

10:46am Mon 9 Jun 14

duckface08 says...

As I have stated in a previous comment it is now quicker to travel to Wellington join the M5 and proceed to Exeter to shop. We went to Taunton Saturday afternoon and the centre was absolutely dead. Loss of traffic resulting in loss of trade. If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people.
As I have stated in a previous comment it is now quicker to travel to Wellington join the M5 and proceed to Exeter to shop. We went to Taunton Saturday afternoon and the centre was absolutely dead. Loss of traffic resulting in loss of trade. If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people. duckface08
  • Score: 6

7:21pm Mon 9 Jun 14

GoingGreen says...

....Exeter is pedestrianised?!
....Exeter is pedestrianised?! GoingGreen
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

GoingGreen wrote:
....Exeter is pedestrianised?!
Not really you still get buses and bikes and Police cars etc...

These water works are going to cost Wessex water a fortune once business put in their claims for loss of business due to their poor management of the situation, it doesn't help SCC have been fiddling with traffic light sequences again.
[quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: ....Exeter is pedestrianised?![/p][/quote]Not really you still get buses and bikes and Police cars etc... These water works are going to cost Wessex water a fortune once business put in their claims for loss of business due to their poor management of the situation, it doesn't help SCC have been fiddling with traffic light sequences again. Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: 5

11:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

boliston says...

I'm not sure why people want the main shopping street to have busy motor traffic when most other towns now have pedestrianisation as standard. It makes sense to allow busses and bicyles through as they are efficient ways to get people in and out of town centres so they can shop or work, compared with cars which often only have a single occupant. They need to have decent provision for traffic to use other routes such as the third way and NIDR (or "fourtth way") to enable traffic to bypass the main shopping streets, and also decent parking, preferably multi storey, to avoid wasting valuable space with surface level parking.
I'm not sure why people want the main shopping street to have busy motor traffic when most other towns now have pedestrianisation as standard. It makes sense to allow busses and bicyles through as they are efficient ways to get people in and out of town centres so they can shop or work, compared with cars which often only have a single occupant. They need to have decent provision for traffic to use other routes such as the third way and NIDR (or "fourtth way") to enable traffic to bypass the main shopping streets, and also decent parking, preferably multi storey, to avoid wasting valuable space with surface level parking. boliston
  • Score: 3

6:11pm Fri 13 Jun 14

ladybird14 says...

duckface08 wrote:
As I have stated in a previous comment it is now quicker to travel to Wellington join the M5 and proceed to Exeter to shop. We went to Taunton Saturday afternoon and the centre was absolutely dead. Loss of traffic resulting in loss of trade. If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people.
and Exeter is so much nicer than Taunton and has more to offer
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: As I have stated in a previous comment it is now quicker to travel to Wellington join the M5 and proceed to Exeter to shop. We went to Taunton Saturday afternoon and the centre was absolutely dead. Loss of traffic resulting in loss of trade. If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people.[/p][/quote]and Exeter is so much nicer than Taunton and has more to offer ladybird14
  • Score: 0

7:20pm Fri 13 Jun 14

boliston says...

I notice there are plans to remodel the whole A38 corridor between bathpool and obridge including a new light controlled roundabout at creech castle where it joins the A358 - also getting rid of that silly 80's style footbridge and reverting to conventional "toucan" type crossings for pedestrians & cyclists.
I notice there are plans to remodel the whole A38 corridor between bathpool and obridge including a new light controlled roundabout at creech castle where it joins the A358 - also getting rid of that silly 80's style footbridge and reverting to conventional "toucan" type crossings for pedestrians & cyclists. boliston
  • Score: 3

7:59am Sat 14 Jun 14

Monument says...

ladybird14

"If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people"

Utter nonsense - Most bustling towns and cities in this country have their shopping areas pedestrianised. Sensible sighting of car parks and good road and public transport links into the area go hand in hand.

SCC and Taunton Deane Council have for over 40 years been far too conservative in their forward planning and as a consequence Taunton is dead and decaying. Exeter and Bristol offer much better shopping both in terms of variety and experience.

Close off North Street from the parade to Tangier Way and all of East Street.
ladybird14 "If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people" Utter nonsense - Most bustling towns and cities in this country have their shopping areas pedestrianised. Sensible sighting of car parks and good road and public transport links into the area go hand in hand. SCC and Taunton Deane Council have for over 40 years been far too conservative in their forward planning and as a consequence Taunton is dead and decaying. Exeter and Bristol offer much better shopping both in terms of variety and experience. Close off North Street from the parade to Tangier Way and all of East Street. Monument
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Sat 14 Jun 14

duckface08 says...

Monument wrote:
ladybird14

"If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people"

Utter nonsense - Most bustling towns and cities in this country have their shopping areas pedestrianised. Sensible sighting of car parks and good road and public transport links into the area go hand in hand.

SCC and Taunton Deane Council have for over 40 years been far too conservative in their forward planning and as a consequence Taunton is dead and decaying. Exeter and Bristol offer much better shopping both in terms of variety and experience.

Close off North Street from the parade to Tangier Way and all of East Street.
There is a lot more required to pedrestrianize a town centre than just closing roads. You need car parks near to the centre to bring people in----do you think for one minute we would do this---look at what happened to the one at castle green against the wishes of the people. I rest my case.
[quote][p][bold]Monument[/bold] wrote: ladybird14 "If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no people" Utter nonsense - Most bustling towns and cities in this country have their shopping areas pedestrianised. Sensible sighting of car parks and good road and public transport links into the area go hand in hand. SCC and Taunton Deane Council have for over 40 years been far too conservative in their forward planning and as a consequence Taunton is dead and decaying. Exeter and Bristol offer much better shopping both in terms of variety and experience. Close off North Street from the parade to Tangier Way and all of East Street.[/p][/quote]There is a lot more required to pedrestrianize a town centre than just closing roads. You need car parks near to the centre to bring people in----do you think for one minute we would do this---look at what happened to the one at castle green against the wishes of the people. I rest my case. duckface08
  • Score: 1

1:35pm Sat 14 Jun 14

heather147 says...

duckface08 wrote:
Monument wrote:
ladybird14

"If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no peopleI was only saying yesterday what a waste of space Castle Green has become. Look at all the car parking revenue the town has lost - just to keep an open space for, no doubt, skateboarders, winos and drunks from the local pubs.

I don't think the roads around Taunton could cope if the town centre was pedestrianised. It is already gridlocked with all the waterworks still going on.
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Monument[/bold] wrote: ladybird14 "If you really want to kill off Taunton town centre then its easy--- just pedestrianize it ---no cars = no peopleI was only saying yesterday what a waste of space Castle Green has become. Look at all the car parking revenue the town has lost - just to keep an open space for, no doubt, skateboarders, winos and drunks from the local pubs. I don't think the roads around Taunton could cope if the town centre was pedestrianised. It is already gridlocked with all the waterworks still going on. heather147
  • Score: -1

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