Cheshire West and Chester Council has finally admitted the so-called hamburger roundabout near Sainsbury’s isn’t working by making yet more changes.
But the performance of the new roundabout has always been questioned by the community despite a raft of improvements in 2012.
Traffic entering Chester regularly backs up on the A41 as far as the Waverton turn-off, although the highways department insisted in 2013 that the reconfigured lay-out “controls the traffic better than it ever did”.
But this week council spokeswoman Rachel Ashley said: “Over the last few months the council has been implementing a scheme to address the queuing problems that sometimes occur on the A41 approach from Whitchurch.
“Work is currently underway to provide an extra lane on this approach and to split the signals to give traffic turning left on to the A55 greater ‘green light’ time, which we expect will significantly reduce congestion.
“The scheme is being fully funded by the developer of Saighton Camp as part of the mitigation measures for the traffic impact of the development.”
The People’s Revolt Over Unsustainable Development (PROUD) group is fed up with the remodelled Boughton Heath junction known as the “hamburger roundabout” due to its shape because the dual carriageway passes through its centre with other routes going round the outside. PROUD cites longer queues, increased rat-running and more accidents.
Garden centre owner Keith Goodall claimed the hamburger roundabout ‘destroyed’ his life when he had to close his Roots ’n’ Shoots business because it never recovered from the disruption caused by work to change the junction.