Union Corner roundabout plan for Falmouth received largely support

Verdict given on new Falmouth roundabout proposal

Verdict given on new Falmouth roundabout proposal

First published in News

A public exhibition of plans for a new, large roundabout at Union Corner in Falmouth was attended by around 80 people who in the main came out in support of the proposals.

The Cornwall Council scheme, which has secured a £1.6 million grant from the Department of Transport’s pinch point fund, includes a new single roundabout to replace the existing double mini roundabout at the junction of Trescobeas Road, Kergilliack Road and Bickland Water Road.

A new link road would also be created across Falmouth School land which would result in the upper end of Trescobeas Road, from number 99, effectively becoming a cul-de-sac with no access onto the new junction.

It is claimed the new lay-out will help reduce congestion during peak times and provide for the hundreds of new houses planned in the area.

There will also be improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and the changes will provide an access to the former Budock Hospital site where Falmouth School is hoping to create additional sporting facilities.

Cornwall Council invited residents to view the proposals last Thursday ahead of a formal planning application being registered. Over a six hour period, around 80 people attended the exhibition at Falmouth School with most providing written feedback.

Steve Gudge, major project officer at the council, said: “For a small scheme public exhibition it was a very good turn out. There were lots of local people and not just those who live in the immediate vicinity of the scheme, but from wider across Falmouth.

“We have had quite a lot of feedback so we can see what issues people are raising. On balance, it was a positive response.

People were interested to see how we were going to make the changes.”

Jem Wallis, Falmouth School’s director of sport, said: “If we were to look at putting sports facilities here, we would have to develop the access anyway.

“This is not just about the school, though, it’s about housing and the whole area but the school does benefit because of it. We have worked with Cormac for some time to make sure the road will have minimal effect to the school.”

Jenna Hodgson-Gardner, who lives in Falmouth, said: “I think that any changes to the current junction are most likely going to be an improvement to what it is now. It is quite dangerous and gets quite congested. It has been a long time coming.”

Alan and Jill Campbell, of Kelly Road, don’t think the proposals will alleviate the current problems and would like to see the road become two lanes while another couple who live in Conway Road, but did not want to be named, thought traffic lights on the roundabout were the answer.

Once the planning application has been registered, there will be a period of public consultation when the council will invite formal responses to the proposals. If planning is granted, the hope is work will start around September/October and be completed next spring.

What do you think about the proposals? Let us know at thepacket.co.uk

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8:48am Wed 28 May 14

bexatron says...

I've lived on this road for almost 30 years and watched the traffic and speed of traffic increase greatly. It is supposed to be a 30mph limit which NO ONE ever sticks too. Pulling out of my drive way is a death trap. I hope this roundabout isn't going to increase the speed and volume of traffic. It's such a shame to see houses getting built on playing field, and what was a farm track now a rat run out of Falmouth. I think the junction is un necessary, there is only congestion from the school between 3pm and 315pm. That's it. Such a shame in my eyes.
I've lived on this road for almost 30 years and watched the traffic and speed of traffic increase greatly. It is supposed to be a 30mph limit which NO ONE ever sticks too. Pulling out of my drive way is a death trap. I hope this roundabout isn't going to increase the speed and volume of traffic. It's such a shame to see houses getting built on playing field, and what was a farm track now a rat run out of Falmouth. I think the junction is un necessary, there is only congestion from the school between 3pm and 315pm. That's it. Such a shame in my eyes. bexatron
  • Score: 0

10:32pm Wed 28 May 14

seacom says...

Having spent a good hour at the "consultation" and listening to other peoples comments on the scheme i find it hard to believe that in the main most support it.The written comments once read may give a better idea of concerns and issues raised on the day.When asked for example what effect the proposed new roundabout on the Conway Road junction would have on the traffic flow through the Union Corner roundabout it seemed this may have been overlooked.My opinion is far from removing a pinch point these roundabouts will reduce traffic flow and given the proposed building of future developments along Bickland Water Road and surrounding areas may we expect gridlock?
Having spent a good hour at the "consultation" and listening to other peoples comments on the scheme i find it hard to believe that in the main most support it.The written comments once read may give a better idea of concerns and issues raised on the day.When asked for example what effect the proposed new roundabout on the Conway Road junction would have on the traffic flow through the Union Corner roundabout it seemed this may have been overlooked.My opinion is far from removing a pinch point these roundabouts will reduce traffic flow and given the proposed building of future developments along Bickland Water Road and surrounding areas may we expect gridlock? seacom
  • Score: 4

10:53am Thu 29 May 14

Pendennisracer says...

The current roundabouts are a poor comprimise using the layout which has evolved from the old Hill Head days. Particularly at the end of Trescobeas Road where visibilty is particularly poor.

The new layout privides a decent size roundabout without the need to stop beyween the 2 mini roundabouts.

Unfortunately that area of Falmouth has grown over the years but at least it now provides 2 efficient routes out of Falmouth without taking green space.
The current roundabouts are a poor comprimise using the layout which has evolved from the old Hill Head days. Particularly at the end of Trescobeas Road where visibilty is particularly poor. The new layout privides a decent size roundabout without the need to stop beyween the 2 mini roundabouts. Unfortunately that area of Falmouth has grown over the years but at least it now provides 2 efficient routes out of Falmouth without taking green space. Pendennisracer
  • Score: -6

6:15pm Thu 29 May 14

seacom says...

Is not part of the school stadium being used for this and the loss of green playing fields opposite the old Budock hospital site.Not stopping between roundabouts will increase speed until the projected increase in traffic resulting from proposed developments in the local area all being funelled to this road.Those on two wheels may find it better though being more manoueverable.
Is not part of the school stadium being used for this and the loss of green playing fields opposite the old Budock hospital site.Not stopping between roundabouts will increase speed until the projected increase in traffic resulting from proposed developments in the local area all being funelled to this road.Those on two wheels may find it better though being more manoueverable. seacom
  • Score: 3

1:22am Sat 31 May 14

molesworth says...

bexatron wrote:
I've lived on this road for almost 30 years and watched the traffic and speed of traffic increase greatly. It is supposed to be a 30mph limit which NO ONE ever sticks too. Pulling out of my drive way is a death trap. I hope this roundabout isn't going to increase the speed and volume of traffic. It's such a shame to see houses getting built on playing field, and what was a farm track now a rat run out of Falmouth. I think the junction is un necessary, there is only congestion from the school between 3pm and 315pm. That's it. Such a shame in my eyes.
Bexatron, I feel compelled to say that I, for one, use Trescobeas Road and roundabout nearly every day and I never exceed the speed limit there or anywhere else. Do we really need to spend £1.5 million on a new roundabout? I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]bexatron[/bold] wrote: I've lived on this road for almost 30 years and watched the traffic and speed of traffic increase greatly. It is supposed to be a 30mph limit which NO ONE ever sticks too. Pulling out of my drive way is a death trap. I hope this roundabout isn't going to increase the speed and volume of traffic. It's such a shame to see houses getting built on playing field, and what was a farm track now a rat run out of Falmouth. I think the junction is un necessary, there is only congestion from the school between 3pm and 315pm. That's it. Such a shame in my eyes.[/p][/quote]Bexatron, I feel compelled to say that I, for one, use Trescobeas Road and roundabout nearly every day and I never exceed the speed limit there or anywhere else. Do we really need to spend £1.5 million on a new roundabout? I don't think so. molesworth
  • Score: 9

3:00pm Sat 31 May 14

victoriameldrew says...

molesworth wrote:
bexatron wrote:
I've lived on this road for almost 30 years and watched the traffic and speed of traffic increase greatly. It is supposed to be a 30mph limit which NO ONE ever sticks too. Pulling out of my drive way is a death trap. I hope this roundabout isn't going to increase the speed and volume of traffic. It's such a shame to see houses getting built on playing field, and what was a farm track now a rat run out of Falmouth. I think the junction is un necessary, there is only congestion from the school between 3pm and 315pm. That's it. Such a shame in my eyes.
Bexatron, I feel compelled to say that I, for one, use Trescobeas Road and roundabout nearly every day and I never exceed the speed limit there or anywhere else. Do we really need to spend £1.5 million on a new roundabout? I don't think so.
me too - I keep to the speed limit there and along Bickland Water even when others drive on my bumper.
[quote][p][bold]molesworth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bexatron[/bold] wrote: I've lived on this road for almost 30 years and watched the traffic and speed of traffic increase greatly. It is supposed to be a 30mph limit which NO ONE ever sticks too. Pulling out of my drive way is a death trap. I hope this roundabout isn't going to increase the speed and volume of traffic. It's such a shame to see houses getting built on playing field, and what was a farm track now a rat run out of Falmouth. I think the junction is un necessary, there is only congestion from the school between 3pm and 315pm. That's it. Such a shame in my eyes.[/p][/quote]Bexatron, I feel compelled to say that I, for one, use Trescobeas Road and roundabout nearly every day and I never exceed the speed limit there or anywhere else. Do we really need to spend £1.5 million on a new roundabout? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]me too - I keep to the speed limit there and along Bickland Water even when others drive on my bumper. victoriameldrew
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Mon 2 Jun 14

juwhite says...

Most of the congestion is caused by parents whose children can't or won't walk to school. The whole area is a nightmare at school start and finish times with parents wanting to drop their child virtually at the school door. This roundabout will not solve anything.

I too stick to the speed limit too but all too often have the idiot driving on my bumper.
Most of the congestion is caused by parents whose children can't or won't walk to school. The whole area is a nightmare at school start and finish times with parents wanting to drop their child virtually at the school door. This roundabout will not solve anything. I too stick to the speed limit too but all too often have the idiot driving on my bumper. juwhite
  • Score: 3

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