Traffic tailbacks at North Road continue

September 29 2017

TRAFFIC woes in St Andrews are set to continue following the creation of a single lane exit from North Road onto Cromwell Road.

TRAFFIC woes in St Andrews are set to continue following the creation of a single lane exit from North Road onto Cromwell Road.

The Bishopston Voice highlighted the long queues building up back to Gloucester Road at rush hour after changes were made to the junction last autumn. Despite the city council promising earlier this year that centre line markings would be added and the road would be widened, it is unlikely that any action will now be taken, due to budget constraints.

A single lane exit from North Road, where there used to be a two lane exit, now has priority over the Cromwell Road slip road past the Grecian Kebab take-away. It has caused lengthy tailbacks on both roads at rush hour. 

Local resident Jonathan Knight raised this issue with the police and the Highways department suggesting that “simply changing the priority would make a big difference,” allowing traffic wanting to turn left into North Road to do so and improve visibility at the junction. 

However, his request has fallen on deaf ears as the police consider it a matter for the Highways department and an automated reply from Ashley Jones at the Highways department referred to the problem as an “operational policing matter”.

A tree has since been planted on the large island that separates the single road lane from the cycleway, to prevent people parking on the island. However, the traffic jams will continue until changes are made to the road layout.