RESIDENTS pleaded with Cheshire West and Chester Council to tackle safety issues at the so-called hamburger roundabout in Boughton.
Helen Carey, of People’s Revolt Over Unsustainable Development, called for an independent review of its operation when she addressed the council executive.
Developers changed the junction to cope with extra traffic from housing schemes at the former Saighton Camp.
But Mrs Carey said it remained dangerous despite alterations and drivers were using Toll Bar Road, Sandy Lane and Christleton village as ‘rat runs’ to avoid it.
She implored councillors: “Please help us by having the strength, knowledge and conviction to act on behalf of the residents. We are living in a nightmare of unpredictable junction queues, excessive heavy building traffic, which is not adhering to restrictions, safety issues directly resulting from rat runs to avoid the junction and, most importantly of all, we are living with a highly dangerous junction right on our doorstep.”
Resident Daniel Murphy told The Chronicle he was with his six-year-old son at the roundabout when a bus mounted the pavement to avoid an oncoming HGV.
“If we had been twenty seconds later we would have been crushed between the bus and the wall,” he wrote to the council, adding: “When are you people going to sort out the potential death trap you people have caused by your incessant tinkering with a failing junction rather than fixing it?”
Head of planning and transport Chris Hindle replied: “The former roundabout presented a high accident risk, and as you are obviously concerned with safety, I am pleased to inform you that the accident rate at this very busy junction has been significantly reduced since the traffic signals were installed.”
But he stressed the council did not consider the general operation of the junction to be acceptable.