Tuckton Roundabout safety improvements to get underway

Posted on Wednesday 31st January 2018

Works to improve Tuckton Roundabout for all road users have been given the go ahead.

After undertaking traffic modelling, a number of live trials and public consultation on proposed changes to Tuckton Roundabout, the Council is 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; “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 pedestrians and cyclists, 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.

“We have listened very carefully to local residents and user groups, engaging with them at every stage of the design process to ensure their views are taken on board. 

“After reviewing the data collected as part of the traffic modelling and live trials, as well as assessing the feedback from residents it is clear the recommended plans are the most effective in terms of improving the safety for pedestrians, providing safer facilities for cyclists, particularly those with less confidence, whilst also maintaining the flow of traffic, especially at peak times.”

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 be able to cycle around the roundabout avoiding interaction with general traffic and directly access the new and improved raised parallel crossings.  These measures will ensure that cyclists can negotiate the roundabout separated from general traffic, which will greatly improve safety and accessibility.
  • 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.

Works at Tuckton Roundabout are due to start in March. It is anticipated the works will take approximately 6-7 months to complete. There will be a break in the works over the summer period in late July and throughout August.