Tree felling ahead of roundabout replacement

Darlington and Stockton Times: TREE DOWN: Council workers chop down trees in Darlington ahead of roadworks which start next week TREE DOWN: Council workers chop down trees in Darlington ahead of roadworks which start next week

CONTRACTORS have spent the early part of this week felling a cluster of trees ahead of work to replace a congested roundabout with a traffic light junction.

The year-long work on Stonebridge roundabout, in Darlington, starts on Monday (February 17).

Built in the 1970s, the roundabout is often a cause for delays for motorists and will be replaced with a light-controlled junction.

Darlington Borough Council hopes the work will improve the flow of traffic around the ring road.

Contractors began work to cut down the trees on the Parkgate approach to the junction, close to the town’s magistrates courts, earlier this week.

The move is unpopular with conservationists, who asked why the trees could not be kept.

A council spokeswoman said: “Sections of new road and a pedestrian/cycle way will be constructed as part of the new scheme.

“The removal of the trees was unfortunately necessary to accommodate the new road levels and gas pipe diversions.

“When works are completed the area will be landscaped, as unfortunately the existing trees could not be retained.”

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10:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

£3.7 million and the council 'hopes it will improve traffic flow'

Kind of says it all really doesn't it.
£3.7 million and the council 'hopes it will improve traffic flow' Kind of says it all really doesn't it. banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname

9:01am Thu 13 Feb 14

jps101 says...

banmeandilljustregis
terwithanewname
wrote:
£3.7 million and the council 'hopes it will improve traffic flow'

Kind of says it all really doesn't it.
And a year of disruption and they don't know if it will be any good or not, surely you don't start work altering something unless you've done some analysis beforehand to show it definitely will work?

Roundabouts don't stop traffic when there's nothing coming but traffic lights do, how many times have people had to stop at lights and wait for them to change while they can see nothing moving in front of them?

Cheaper option leave the roundabout as it is and if they really want traffic lights install them on the road layout that exists now but only switch them on part time if some minor routes don't seem to be getting an opportunity to enter the roundabout, say at rush hour times.
[quote][p][bold]banmeandilljustregis terwithanewname[/bold] wrote: £3.7 million and the council 'hopes it will improve traffic flow' Kind of says it all really doesn't it.[/p][/quote]And a year of disruption and they don't know if it will be any good or not, surely you don't start work altering something unless you've done some analysis beforehand to show it definitely will work? Roundabouts don't stop traffic when there's nothing coming but traffic lights do, how many times have people had to stop at lights and wait for them to change while they can see nothing moving in front of them? Cheaper option leave the roundabout as it is and if they really want traffic lights install them on the road layout that exists now but only switch them on part time if some minor routes don't seem to be getting an opportunity to enter the roundabout, say at rush hour times. jps101

11:54am Thu 13 Feb 14

bones26 says...

.big news this northern echo ,NOT.what harm has that tree done to anyone its been there longer than i can remember is it not protected ,and why does it need to be removed is the roundabout going through the greyhound and the courthouse and coming out of the front of the police station .
.big news this northern echo ,NOT.what harm has that tree done to anyone its been there longer than i can remember is it not protected ,and why does it need to be removed is the roundabout going through the greyhound and the courthouse and coming out of the front of the police station . bones26

12:31pm Thu 13 Feb 14

delboy1977 says...

Part time lights are the only option here ! All this trouble started when the council reduced the road width and put in a bus lane, also the ivy fences stop Drivers being able to clearly see and forcing them to stop when there is no need to !!
Part time lights are the only option here ! All this trouble started when the council reduced the road width and put in a bus lane, also the ivy fences stop Drivers being able to clearly see and forcing them to stop when there is no need to !! delboy1977

12:35pm Thu 13 Feb 14

delboy1977 says...

why cant they put temporary lights in for a year and see if it makes a difference ? i travel all over the uk and find that lights tend to make things worse !!!
why cant they put temporary lights in for a year and see if it makes a difference ? i travel all over the uk and find that lights tend to make things worse !!! delboy1977

12:46pm Thu 13 Feb 14

loan_star says...

jps101 said "Roundabouts don't stop traffic when there's nothing coming but traffic lights do, how many times have people had to stop at lights and wait for them to change while they can see nothing moving in front of them?"

This happens quite often at the throughabout!!!
DBC's road improvement schemes rarely work. The Whessoe Road / North Road junction has improved things but even that has major flaws!
jps101 said "Roundabouts don't stop traffic when there's nothing coming but traffic lights do, how many times have people had to stop at lights and wait for them to change while they can see nothing moving in front of them?" This happens quite often at the throughabout!!! DBC's road improvement schemes rarely work. The Whessoe Road / North Road junction has improved things but even that has major flaws! loan_star

2:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

They just like wasting our money on hair brained schemes they think up in the pub!
They just like wasting our money on hair brained schemes they think up in the pub! oliviaden6

1:31am Thu 27 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

delboy1977 wrote:
why cant they put temporary lights in for a year and see if it makes a difference ? i travel all over the uk and find that lights tend to make things worse !!!
I think I mentioned this before. Glad someone else thinks it's a good idea. All this will do is move all the problems further along the road. What we really needed was for the original plan to be completed and a RING road built. This would allow traffic freedom to only use the piece of the system that they need, rather than be forced to go the long way around. Darlington has two ring roads now and neither form an actual ring. Just what is this council wasting our money on ? They knocked down dozens of houses to build the western quadrant of the inner ring road and then cancelled it and built new houses on the land.

If they knew that they would need to do this work to the ring road, why did they spend millions a few short years ago to modify the original. That was another of their road failures. They just can't get their act together. Headless chickens come to mind and anecdotes about breweries.
[quote][p][bold]delboy1977[/bold] wrote: why cant they put temporary lights in for a year and see if it makes a difference ? i travel all over the uk and find that lights tend to make things worse !!![/p][/quote]I think I mentioned this before. Glad someone else thinks it's a good idea. All this will do is move all the problems further along the road. What we really needed was for the original plan to be completed and a RING road built. This would allow traffic freedom to only use the piece of the system that they need, rather than be forced to go the long way around. Darlington has two ring roads now and neither form an actual ring. Just what is this council wasting our money on ? They knocked down dozens of houses to build the western quadrant of the inner ring road and then cancelled it and built new houses on the land. If they knew that they would need to do this work to the ring road, why did they spend millions a few short years ago to modify the original. That was another of their road failures. They just can't get their act together. Headless chickens come to mind and anecdotes about breweries. Spy Boy

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