Tuckton Roundabout safety improvements to get underway on 5 March

Posted on Thursday 22nd February 2018

Works will start on March 5 to improve safety at Tuckton Roundabout for all road users.

The Council revealed in January that after undertaking traffic modelling, a number of live trials and public consultation on proposed changes to Tuckton Roundabout, it was bringing forward plans that will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians whilst ensuring the impact on traffic flow is kept to a minimum. 

Currently Tuckton roundabout has a poor safety record, very limited facilities for pedestrians and no cycle facilities.  In addition to this, nearby loading facilities outside the Tesco Express store cause congestion for motorists and bus services.

Councillor Mike Greene, Cabinet Member responsible for Transport, said; “I am pleased that these works are getting underway. Tuckton Roundabout is a key commuter route with around 30,000 motorists a day using this junction. Our aim is to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, including children who travel in this area, whilst also making sure that any changes we implement do not cause gridlock to other key commuter routes nearby.”

 Key improvements as part of the plans include:

  • Four new raised parallel crossings with central islands, for pedestrians and cyclists to improve safety and accessibility. The improved crossings will be provided on the four arms of the roundabout and will provide a much-needed link to the Stour Valley Way cycleway.
  •  A shared footway/cycleway adjacent to the roundabout. Cyclists will have an option to be able to cycle around the roundabout avoiding interaction with general traffic and directly access the new and improved raised parallel crossings.  Together with associated speed reduction measures, this will improve safety for cyclists and all road users.
  • Lane designation markings will be installed on all four approaches to the roundabout and on the roundabout. This will help ensure traffic approaches and drives around the roundabout in the correct lane.
  • Resolve the ongoing congestion outside Tesco Express by widening the road, relocating the current loading bays and installing no-loading parking restrictions. 
  • Prohibit traffic from turning right into and out of the Harvester Public House at Tuckton Bridge.

It is anticipated the works will take approximately 6-7 months to complete with temporary traffic signals being used at times. Road closures will also be required at times during construction. While these are in place, signed diversion routes will be provided. There will be a break in the works over the summer period in late July and throughout August.