Readers' letters - August 10

A suggestion to cut delays and misery

Friday, 10th August 2018, 5:03 pm
Updated Monday, 13th August 2018, 11:38 am
Broughton Roundabout

I write regarding traffic congestion around Broughton roundabout, pictured, and the resulting daily tailbacks, particularly on Eastway. The new Broughton Bypass has resulted in a great improvement in traffic flow north of the roundabout. The bottleneck, which I hope you are now aware of, is where vehicles want to leave Eastway and Tom Benson Way to gain access to Garstang Road (A6). This single carriageway is controlled by traffic lights. Vehicles can only turn left and have a choice of lanes: M55, A6 North and M6. There are currently two lanes for M6 and one each for M55 and A6. Only when proceeding on to the roundabout, A6- bound vehicles have then got two lanes to choose from. Experience of daily commuting in this area has shown that A6 traffic heading north backs up from Broughton roundabout traffic lights and prevents further vehicles entering the A6 from the Tom Benson/Eastway access road. This tailback then blocks the Tom Benson/Eastway roundabout, causing very regular bumper-to-bumper tailbacks, one to two miles back along Eastway. An unacceptable situation, I am sure you will agree.A simple change of road marking could help vehicle flow and ease congestion.Add a choice for A6-bound traffic to share one of the M6 approach lanes to the Broughton roundabout. That change would offer two lanes for A6-bound vehicles before the roundabout and access to the existing two A6 lanes beyond the traffic lights. This creates the potential for more vehicles heading for the A6 to leave the Tom Benson/Eastway access road, now being able to share one of the two M6 lanes. The suggestion would be worth investigation and cost the price of painting an A6 marking and an arrow, but would save delay, pollution and untold misery of your road users. Ian Brooksvia email

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