Chard needs one-way system, resident claims

Chard needs one-way system, resident claims

Chard needs one-way system, resident claims

First published in News Chard & Ilminster News: Photograph of the Author by

A ONE-WAY system should be introduced in Chard to relieve traffic congestion, it has been claimed this week.

Retired police officer Robin Goody, 76, from Forton, has mapped out a system for the town which he says would help the flow of traffic, reduce the number of traffic lights and bring onstreet parking income.

Heading from Taunton into Chard along the A358, the one-way system would take motorists left at Victoria Avenue, next to B&Q, along East Street to the current crossroads, left along Convent Link/Millfield past St Mary’s Church and right along Duck Lane and Crowshute Link until High Street.

Mr Goody said he had thought about the idea for a number of years but wanted to raise it on the back of the News’ front page story of June 11 over Mactaggart and Mickel’s plans to revamp the A358/A30 crossroads at the bottom of Fore Street.

He added: “The conclusion I have reached to relieve traffic congestion and parking in the town would amount to a one-way system which would alleviate the use of traffic lights to only that for pedestrian crossing use.

“All junctions would have sweep turns left or right and have room for widening at the junction mouths to ease traffic movement.

“Additionally, more parking spaces could be available as each road on the one-way circuit would only have one lane of traffic.”

Mr Goody, who has submitted his idea to Chard Town Council, said parking meters could be installed along the routes for on-street parking and felt car parks further away from the shops could be made free.

He added: “I know this could be a reasonably costly exercise but it would be very beneficial to Chard in the future – buses would be diverted where necessary and new bus stops organised to meet requirements.”

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10:41pm Tue 1 Jul 14

orchardman says...

Not really a practical idea. Has any thought been given to the increased traffic flow at this time of year. Is it really feasible to divert the holidaymakers with their motorhomes and caravans, plus the many HGV's up Victoria Avenue, on top of the local traffic that would normally go straight on turn right into Fore Street at the traffic lights. Then consider the traffic entering and exiting Millfield Estate, particularly at the end of the day when Numatic staff are leaving, currently both ways onto the 358. Would it really help traffic flow if they've all got to turn left?. Again, the Old Town area was never designed for large vehicles, especially the modern juggernauts, and even if it was made one way, I fear a lot of them would find life diifficult. Another factor is that the roads themselves aren't designed to take sustained heavy usage by such large vehicles thus needing great expense to bring them up to par. And this is before the cost of the necessary traffic furniture and controls to make such a system viable. All in all, a bit of a pipe dream methinks.
Not really a practical idea. Has any thought been given to the increased traffic flow at this time of year. Is it really feasible to divert the holidaymakers with their motorhomes and caravans, plus the many HGV's up Victoria Avenue, on top of the local traffic that would normally go straight on turn right into Fore Street at the traffic lights. Then consider the traffic entering and exiting Millfield Estate, particularly at the end of the day when Numatic staff are leaving, currently both ways onto the 358. Would it really help traffic flow if they've all got to turn left?. Again, the Old Town area was never designed for large vehicles, especially the modern juggernauts, and even if it was made one way, I fear a lot of them would find life diifficult. Another factor is that the roads themselves aren't designed to take sustained heavy usage by such large vehicles thus needing great expense to bring them up to par. And this is before the cost of the necessary traffic furniture and controls to make such a system viable. All in all, a bit of a pipe dream methinks. orchardman
  • Score: 9

8:06pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Clive Sanders says...

This suggestion borders on insanity and would create havoc for virtually everybody that lives or travels through Chard. What is actually needed is a by-pass.
This suggestion borders on insanity and would create havoc for virtually everybody that lives or travels through Chard. What is actually needed is a by-pass. Clive Sanders
  • Score: 11

6:11pm Fri 4 Jul 14

DebCha says...

Yet another brilliant idea from someone who has no idea. Chard town was not designed for the traffic to go down Victoria Avenue, Old Town and the High Street. Making all the lorries which service Millfield Industrial will now be going around the narrow streets of Chard instead of directly down Furnham road. During the day there could be a lorry going to Millfield every 2 minutes, so you want all this traffic to pass through the town centre. These lorries will be passing right past Manor Court school. Is that very sensible? I think NOT. People will be using alternative routes going through residential areas to bypass the one way system which will be clogged with very large lorries trying to negotiate the side roads of Chard. Lorries which regularly have to go to Millfield from Furnham Road will have to take a road trip around chard several times a day, therefore increasing their costs which may affect peoples jobs. Also careers who make house calls will find their journey times increased therefore having to reduce the amount of time they can send on helping the needy. The answer is not a one way system. There must be something better, Maybe a round about?
Yet another brilliant idea from someone who has no idea. Chard town was not designed for the traffic to go down Victoria Avenue, Old Town and the High Street. Making all the lorries which service Millfield Industrial will now be going around the narrow streets of Chard instead of directly down Furnham road. During the day there could be a lorry going to Millfield every 2 minutes, so you want all this traffic to pass through the town centre. These lorries will be passing right past Manor Court school. Is that very sensible? I think NOT. People will be using alternative routes going through residential areas to bypass the one way system which will be clogged with very large lorries trying to negotiate the side roads of Chard. Lorries which regularly have to go to Millfield from Furnham Road will have to take a road trip around chard several times a day, therefore increasing their costs which may affect peoples jobs. Also careers who make house calls will find their journey times increased therefore having to reduce the amount of time they can send on helping the needy. The answer is not a one way system. There must be something better, Maybe a round about? DebCha
  • Score: 8

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