Exclusive: Raised bank to 'ease Ketch noise fears’

Droitwich Advertiser: NOISE WORRIES: A raised bank on this site would reduce the impact of a new slip road. NOISE WORRIES: A raised bank on this site would reduce the impact of a new slip road.

A RAISED bank is expected to be created off Worcester’s Ketch roundabout in a bid to ease the concerns of people left furious about a major project to ease traffic.

Talks have taken place with residents in St Peter’s left dismayed by next year’s £8 million overhaul of the island, which will bring thousands of cars 25 metres closer to their properties.

Worcestershire County Council wants to slice into a large green plot of land currently protecting the homes to create a controversial slip-road for drivers turning left at the island from Bath Road.

It led to 100 people signing a petition during the summer calling for the redevelopment to be scrapped.

Now, officers are investigating ways of reducing noise by creating a raised bund outside homes in Begonia Close, with mature planting and an acoustic fence to ease the impact.

The fence would help to block out some of the noise from the cars using the slip-road to head up Broomhall Way towards Norton island.

The talks, which are still ongoing, are being seen as a partial victory for the residents after months of campaigning.

A 12-week public consultation is set to start before work on the Ketch roundabout gets underway in March or April.

The project will see the roundabout double in size, and forms part of a £38 million plan to part-dual the A4440 Southern Link Road by early 2018.

Councillor Roger Knight, who represents St Peter’s on Worcester City Council, said: “They are talking about raising the earth bund at the boundary of Begonia Close, plus an acoustic fence and mature planting to offer some protection.

So there are some positives to come out of this, that the county [council] seems to be willing to engage over it.

“It’s been a major concern of local people and it’s really important residents get a say over mitigation measures.”

Cutting into the current grassed land will also lead to a cycle lane and rows of trees being chopped down.

The issue is being discussed by the Conservative cabinet today which is expected to agree to the consultation.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, deputy leader, said: “More than 30,000 vehicles use this road every day and without action the delays will get worse, impacting on our economy and costing our residents and businesses time and money stuck in delays.”

The work on the Ketch roundabout is due to finish in the spring of 2015.

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12:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

chrism says...

Has anybody yet explained how the slip road is going to help with congestion for the majority of traffic which won't get to use it?
Has anybody yet explained how the slip road is going to help with congestion for the majority of traffic which won't get to use it? chrism

12:31pm Thu 12 Dec 13

CJH says...

chrism wrote:
Has anybody yet explained how the slip road is going to help with congestion for the majority of traffic which won't get to use it?
Nope. They'll decide after it's been done.
[quote][p][bold]chrism[/bold] wrote: Has anybody yet explained how the slip road is going to help with congestion for the majority of traffic which won't get to use it?[/p][/quote]Nope. They'll decide after it's been done. CJH

2:47pm Thu 12 Dec 13

I'm_not_bitter says...

And, because of overwhelming public support where previously used, the much-loved "slip road on an island" will make a welcome reappearance.
Welcome if you run a body repair shop, that is..
And, because of overwhelming public support where previously used, the much-loved "slip road on an island" will make a welcome reappearance. Welcome if you run a body repair shop, that is.. I'm_not_bitter

7:13pm Thu 12 Dec 13

CYNIC_AL says...

Echoing the above sentiments, if a new sliproad at the Ketch is anything like the one at Whittington then it would be better left alone...
Echoing the above sentiments, if a new sliproad at the Ketch is anything like the one at Whittington then it would be better left alone... CYNIC_AL

9:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

grumpy woman says...

1. This is a repeat of the Whittington Road ****-up.
2. The traffic here gets held up turning right. There is rarely any queue to turn left. That is easy.
Another unwarranted waste of money by the County Council hierarchy in their ivory tower.
1. This is a repeat of the Whittington Road ****-up. 2. The traffic here gets held up turning right. There is rarely any queue to turn left. That is easy. Another unwarranted waste of money by the County Council hierarchy in their ivory tower. grumpy woman

8:10pm Fri 13 Dec 13

I'm_not_bitter says...

grumpy woman wrote:
1. This is a repeat of the Whittington Road ****-up.
2. The traffic here gets held up turning right. There is rarely any queue to turn left. That is easy.
Another unwarranted waste of money by the County Council hierarchy in their ivory tower.
Absolutely correct!
The problem if turning left is that you can't get to the island for the queue waiting to turn right or go straight over because there is only one lane at the crossing pinch-point and these plans do nothing to solve the problem.
[quote][p][bold]grumpy woman[/bold] wrote: 1. This is a repeat of the Whittington Road ****-up. 2. The traffic here gets held up turning right. There is rarely any queue to turn left. That is easy. Another unwarranted waste of money by the County Council hierarchy in their ivory tower.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct! The problem if turning left is that you can't get to the island for the queue waiting to turn right or go straight over because there is only one lane at the crossing pinch-point and these plans do nothing to solve the problem. I'm_not_bitter
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