Local residents have raised questions with the Parish Council about the need for road markings on the approaches to the Poole Roundabout and around the roundabout itself. The debate concerns whether there should be two lanes on some of the approaches, particularly on the A172 approach from Stokesley, and that these should be marked to show the intended direction of travel around the roundabout. Some say it is clearly a two lane roundabout, others argue that all approaches are single lane, as is the roundabout, and Highway Code guidance should be followed. It is clear that drivers respond in differing ways as they approach and circulate around the roundabout. As a result the Parish Council has asked Middlesbrough Borough Council to take action. They have responded saying that there is no reason to do so.
On November 30th Councillor Walker met with the Principal Transport Planning Officer from Middlesbrough Council (who had offered to meet on site) to discuss a number of concerns raised by residents and motorists. According to the Highway Code: “On approaching a roundabout take notice and act on all the information available to you, including traffic signs, traffic lights and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane”. In all cases watch out for and give plenty of room to: “pedestrians who may be crossing the approach and exit roads”.
The officer has agreed to provide a written response to the Parish Council to any questions that local residents have concerning the operation of this roundabout.
See the STOP PRESS announcement about the roundabout road signs at the end of this post!
Interestingly, the roundabout is shaped like a flan case, in that it is raised up at the edge and hollow in the middle. Does anyone think that the roundabout is too high around the edge? How is visibility particularly when flowers are blooming?
Does this sign (or any other) pose a visibility problem for pedestrians and motorists, and does anyone have difficulty in crossing the road at this point with dogs and push chairs etc?
Has the new entrance/exit to and from Cotcliffe Way (Grey Towers Village) made any difference to the operation of the roundabout?
The 40mph speed limit on the roundabout is going to be reduced to 30mph as part of the speed reduction on DIxons Bank and the A172 coming into force in January.
Could the signage and road markings be improved and how?
This road sign on the approach to the roundabout on the A172 from Stokesley is out of date, not showing the new road into Grey Towers. Others will be inaccurate too.
STOP PRESS NEWS: In the 24 hours since we posted this news item, the Principal Transport Planning Officer has emailed Councillor Walker to say: “I can confirm that the three ‘map type’ advance direction signs on the major approaches to the roundabout (i.e. A172 Dixons Bank, A172 Stokesley Road and A1043 Nunthorpe Bypass) are in the process of being amended to include Cotcliffe Way.”
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