Traffic through Willersey
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Traffic through Willersey.
Originally the Broadway bypass on the A44 did not exist so all traffic went through Broadway High Street and as Evesham did not have the A46 bypass,
the A46 went through Willersey. Traffic was much lighter in those days. The Evesham bypass opened in 1987 which in time took on the function
and name of the A46 and the Broadway bypass opened in 1998 to take the A44 traffic. The original A46 in Willersey is now renamed the B4632. The
place names on the road signs have not been altered so if you want to go to Stratford from Evesham you are sent up the Broadway bypass and down
Main Street in Willersey rather than along Collin Lane. Satnavs are more sensible! They send you along Collin Lane.
Gloucester Highways have installed some flashing warning signs on the greens with road markings for 20mph spped limit during school hours.
Willersey is just off the A44 where it runs from Oxford to Evesham.
It is well signposted at the Evesham end of this section of the A44.
Willersey has very few double yellow lines and parking restrictions but you are also very welcome to park (for free)
in the Village car park behind the Village Hall at any time.
When driving from the Broadway direction to Willersey there is a very sharp left hand bend opposite the Methodist Church.
If you wish to turn right up Campden Lane at this point, because of poor visibility it may be better to go down Main Street,
turn round and approach the junction from a safer, different direction.
This picture shows a lorry negotiating this sharp bend and being forced to come across the whole road.
Here are two more pictures of lorries negotiating this sharp bend.
In freezing weather, Campden Lane which is very steep can become lethal when it gets a layer of ice on it (toboggan run)! Often there is a stream running down the road which adds to the problem.
As it is not a main road it rarely gets gritted. It is best avoided in these conditions. Use the A44 Fish Hill instead which is higher on the priority list for winter gritting and salting.
The medieval master plan in the early 1400s forgot to add spaces for cars. In the 17th Century stagecoaches were accommdated but mainly through large arches and around the back of properties.
Master planners in the 50's, 60's, and 70's were not so wise and thought we would all only have one car and a small one at that! The same applied to garages so nowadays the only way to get
most modern cars into garages is to push them in and pull them out. Even more modern houses can still have this problem. The garage frequently ends up as a storage area.
The top five selling cars in the UK in the 1960s were on average 4ft 11in wide and 12ft 9in long. Carsin 2020 had grown to 5ft 11in wide and 14ft 1in long. Garages are still 6ft 11in wide!
Even on most modern developments, the garages have not been made larger. Cars now get parked on streets. In 1965 there were 7.7 million registered cars in UK. Now there are 31.7 million.
Congestion on road space will intensify.
The Two Build Outs in Collin Lane, Willersey are now Complete.
Here is a drivers eye view of the build out heading out of Willersey.
Willersey Parish Council has been using its influence to try and improve the build outs scheme. A log of incidents is to be kept and it would be helpful
if anyone who has had a near miss or accident to report brief details including date, time and nature of incident by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information will form part of the pressure we are exerting on Gloucestershire Highways Dept. to resolve the matter.
In November 2018 and again in January 2022, one of the bollards had been broken off.
Amey delivers highways services across Gloucestershire.
Here is a letter from Amey about a consultation on the proposed build outs in Collin Lane.
This is the latest plan for the build outs
( and here is an earlier plan.)
The last offical date for comments was Friday 3rd March 2017.
The greatest concentration of road accidents in Willersey happen at the mini roundabout at the bottom of Main Street.
Two places locally with poor visibility junctions are where
Campden Lane meets Buckle Street
and where the road to
Honeybourne meets the B4035.
A safer route up Campden Lane, would be to drive through Saintbury and then up the escarpment. To approach the Honeybourne Road from a safer direction go into Weston-sub-Edge and turn left by the Village Hall.
Closure of Collin Lane from December 6th 2021.
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