A better way to deal with diversion?
Councillor Bob Goodman is passing the buck by blaming the contractor for the diversion route in Combe Down not being adequately signposted. The official diversion route has to be suitable for lorries and is clearly shown on the roadworks.org site as along Bradford Road, past Odd Down Sainsbury’s right at the Red Lion roundabout, down Wellsway to Churchill Bridge, through Widcombe Parade, up Widcombe Hill, past the University, Wessex Water and Ralph Allen School to arrive at the other end of the roadworks at the top of Ralph Allen Drive. Noone is going to drive all that way round if they know that Tyning Road exists. The problem with that, as anyone with knowledge of Tyning Road will be well aware, is that the width of the road and the parking along it often makes very light twoway traffic challenging, so it can be no surprise to anyone, except Councillor Goodman and apparently the highways department, that this set of essential roadworks will have caused chaos. Surely something better should have been done than simply saying provide better signage for the official diversion, such as issuing a temporary traffic regulation order to reverse the flow on The Avenue and make Tyning Road temporarily one way in the opposite direction as a diversion route for light vehicles only? Or was this just too sensible and obvious for the council? Michael Newbound Southdown Bath