WARRINGTON council’s highway chiefs have apologised for confusing motorists following changes to lane markings on Bridgefoot.
The alterations on Wilson Patten Street outside the Academy building on Bridgefoot have left motorists having to guess which lane they should be in when heading north up Mersey Street, or turning right to access the south of the town via Knutsford Road or Bridgefoot.
Many motorists found the previous lane markings confusing and were baffled still further when the changes happened without warning.
The issue was raised in an opinion piece by warrington-worldwide, which attracted a prompt response from readers and council members!
Cllr Brian Axcell, the Lib Dem’s Transportation spokesperson said :”I have no idea why the changes have been made. I have been pressing for many months for the lane markings on the newer bridge to be renewed because they had become faint and hard to see at night. Repainting those lanes was all that was necessary.
“The new road layout is not just an accident waiting to happen, the first has already occurred and I saw the dented cars at the entrance to the retail park.
“It is not surprising that there is confusion in the minds of motorists when there is a direction after Bridgefoot for traffic to the retail park to be in the right hand lane.
“This traffic then has almost immediately to cut across to the left to exit from the roundabout.
“Probably the changes in lanes in front of the Academy say everything about priorities from the Labour administration at the Town Hall: two lanes for the A49 north, just one lane for the three routes out of town to the south!
Conservative Group leader Cllr Paul Kennedy said he had also found the lane markings confusing and would be taking up the issue as a matter of urgency.
A council spokesperson said: “Work has recently been carried out to change the lane markings at Bridgefoot roundabout to help improve traffic flow which is part of an ongoing programme of works.
“Advance warning signs should have been in place by the contractor to advise motorists of the new markings, this did not happen and we apologise for any confusion and inconvenience caused. We are working on rectifying the situation as soon as possible and additional warning signs have now been installed on the relevant approaches to the roundabout.
“Remaining changes to the lane markings are due to be completed and we will closely monitor the impact on traffic flow.
“We would advise motorists to take care while familiarising themselves with the new road layout.”
The new lane markings which have left motorists bemused and confused!