An infamous roundabout in Chester which is dubbed the ‘hamburger roundabout’ has been slammed by motorists as a death trap and has also been classed as not fit for purpose by Chester City MP Stephen Mosley. It is to finally get a much-needed revamp.
The local authority has just announced remedial works will start next week to improve the junction which links the A55 slip road with the A41 Ring Road and the A5115 into the city. Contractors A E Yates will carry out a number of improvements including resurfacing, new lane markings, new signage and a yellow box junction. The changes come after a survey found certain sections of the surface were showing unacceptable signs of degradation and needed to be replaced. There were also a huge number of complaints from local residents and drivers.
The survey of local drivers revealed just how much an issue the roundabout is for people in Chester with many saying they classed the roundabout as one of the most baffling and scary junctions they have ever come across in the United Kingdom. Several comments referred to the roundabout as ‘a nightmare’ and ‘a death trap’, with drivers deciding to go the long way round in order to avoid getting involved in a shunt and having to make an unwanted claim on their motor insurance policy. Resurfacing work will be carried out early evening and overnight to minimise disruption.
Chester’s Tory MP, Stephen Mosley, said “It is an issue that regularly fills the postbags at my office. It’s a difficult situation to put right as we have all had this roundabout imposed on us. It was built by the Saighton Camp developers and the plan had been turned down by the local council, but was overturned by the previous Government. To be fair, the traffic lights system has been changed and there are yellow boxes being painted to stop people blocking the junction.”