Road closing for a week for work on Shrewsbury's Meole Brace roundabout

A road in Shrewsbury was due to close from today as the next phase of work on Meole Brace roundabout gets underway.

The Roman Road approach to the island will be closed for 24 hours a day for about a week to allow more work to be carried out.

Meole Brace roundabout is undergoing major reconstruction as part of the £12 million Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP).

The closure will allow for the full reconstruction of a section of road leading on to the roundabout and for further improvements to the signalised junction between Roman Road and Hereford Road.

Shropshire Council hopes to have the work completed before Shrewsbury Town play Southend on April 22 and schools return on April 24.

The Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package will see a new link road and shared-use pathway through the Meole Brace roundabout and upgrade the traffic signals.

Under the SITP, work will be carried out throughout 2017 to improve five major junctions including Meole Brace roundabout, Sutton Park roundabout, Reabrook roundabout, English Bridge gyratory and Longden Coleham.

The work at Meole Brace roundabout is due to be completed in spring 2017.

Also as part of the SITP, Sutton Park roundabout will be closed between 8pm and 6am from today to May 5 to allow resurfacing work to take place.

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Comments for: "Road closing for a week for work on Shrewsbury's Meole Brace roundabout"

Wotsupdoc

Give it a day and the headlines will be 'businesses facing financial ruin because of roadworks', along with the percentage drop in trade experienced and calls to be compensated.

Don't forget the obligatory sad face photo of the manager/owner.

t2p2

This may sound a bit dim but it is a genuine question, how is Meole island going to work when the new alterations are completed?

I have been past it many times and I can't see what they are trying to achieve and neither can anyone I've discussed it with.

jim jams

Ask wotsupdoc, he seems to be a bit of an expert on these matters, unless I'm mistaken.

Wotsupdoc

He? That's rather presumptive isn't it?

I gather those wishing to head south from Hereford Rd/Roman Rd direction will cut straight across the original island, everyone else uses the island like normal, and when the traffic lights go u/s it's anyone's guess.

There you go Jim Jams, even you should be able to understand that

jim jams

My experience of when traffic lights go un-serviceable that traffic flows much better, how about you?

Roger

I think "wotsupdoc" has said it very well. We become entirely dependent on the traffic lights to control which traffic streams flows when. This will rely on having more light and therefore more red lights at a time and consequently a reduced traffic flow capacity as drivers have to wait longer for their turn. When rather than if the lights fails there are no generally accepted rules for hamburger islands so chaos. Not so bad to enter the island but now we will have one exit with two traffic flows to merge into Hereford Road. Salopians are not famed for their ability to merge because they have no practice.

Turning off the pervious lights would have increased the capacity of the junction by 40% which is what we experienced and was the best flows ever. With the lights off and lane restrictions to one lane capacity appears to have been maintained even with construction work going on. Due to the shear number of traffic lights involved with a hamburger all on the same level it is really difficult to predict capacity because it depends on timing of the lights. How? We can say that if they prioritise those using the hamburger lane, then all other flows must suffer. Since the main flow is Hazeldine Way to Hereford road and secondary from Hazeldine Way to Roman road ( the plan is to divert through town traffic this way) then these flows will be disrupted. Of course we also have to consider the pedestrian and cyclist flows. They also have a hamburger route and potentially their own traffic light controls. We would have to read the specification to see how they intend to set it all up on commissioning so it is not predictable. I have driven on "Magic" roundabouts which less complex than this one, at least they keep the cyclists and pedestrians around the outside and give them no control because all lanes are at red 60% of the time so pedestrians and cyclists can use the flow gaps to cross. one lane at at a time.

A more advanced and safer version of a hamburger roundabout is a roundabout interchange, separating the straight roadway and using underpasses or overpasses to cross the roundabout itself. Meole is definitely not the safer more advanced version.

I think the key word here is "UNPREDICTABLE"

Severnsider

No-one knows.

Illegitimi non carborundum

"My experience of when traffic lights go un-serviceable that traffic flows much better, how about you?"

Guess you weren't at Dobbies island last Saturday. Queues back through Bayston Hill, and several near misses as impatient drivers took their chances trying to get through westbound traffic on the A5.

Similar situation at J4 on the M54 yesterday before the roadworkers arrived to manually direct traffic through the failed lights there.

jim jams

The problem with traffic lights is the younger drivers with no road experience, panic when the lights go out and can't think for themselves.

Experienced drivers will resort to treating a roundabout like...well a roundabout and all is well.

Maybe if we went back to the eighties and before with less lights, then drivers would become competent again.

Some council workers might lose their jobs but win win all round.

glyn2000

Totally agree with the above, traffic lights improve safety, that is priority.

jim jams

That's not what the Americans are finding. They are replacing traffic lights with roundabouts because they find that they improve traffic flow and safety over traffic lights.

Maybe there are some awful drivers around, in this country, that need lights to help them drive but it would be much safer just to remove these people from our roads.

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