Plymouth roundabout appears and disappears within two weeks
RESIDENTS were left bewildered after a new roundabout appeared – only to disappear again.
The new mini roundabout was put in use – including road markings and new signs – on Ford Park Road, off Mutley Plain, around two weeks ago.
Residents were left stunned as the road markings – which the council says were temporary – were then covered up.
And they were further baffled when a second mini roundabout then appeared just yards up the road.
It comes just weeks after The Herald reported on a bus stop painted on Mountbatten Way, a road which hasn't seen a regular bus service for two years, and then removed a few days later.
However the council said the markings in Ford Park Road were temporary while the kerbs on the road were being realigned.
Paul Reeby, who lives in nearby Stangray Avenue, said: "We didn't know about the roundabout before it was put there – it was there one day and when I came out next it was gone."
Neighbour Robert Sleigh added: "I think other Plymouth residents might be intrigued to know why the city council decided to resurface Ford Park Road, less than a month after building a brand new mini roundabout, which is now under several inches of tarmac.
"As the council announced plans to resurface a lot of the roads several weeks ago, you'd have thought that the resurfacing people would have got together with the mini roundabout people and come up with some better planning.
"However, it now seems that they are going to have to build the roundabout all over again.
"At a time when many councils are being forced to make cuts, you'd have thought that they would be planning things a bit more logically than this. It's very disappointing."
Caroline Francis, owner of Pixieland Day Nurseries said: "The whole of the road needs resurfacing – but they resurfaced part of the road and covered up the mini roundabout.
"It's about time the people of Plymouth are told about the total waste of their money. Who holds the purse strings in the council and who has authorised all this work?"
A spokesperson for Plymouth City Council said: "These were temporary markings used to keep the road safe – and open – between different stages of work.
"We have to install new kerb lines first and allow these works to 'cure' before going back to resurface the re-aligned road.
"In the interim, temporary markings are used to ensure the safety of all road users. The alternative would have been to put in diversions or close the road altogether for several days, which would have been much more expensive to the taxpayer and disruptive to motorists.
"We are now painting on the permanent markings.
"The temporary markings cost around £300, which is significantly more cost effective than putting in diversions or closing the road."
She added: "Ford Park Road now has two new mini-roundabouts as part of a wider neighbourhood safety scheme. This is in response to high vehicle speeds and poor visibility in the vicinity of a pedestrian crossing, which also serves as a school crossing for 200 children each weekday.
"The first roundabout at the junction with Gifford Place was initially painted on with temporary markings. This was to ensure the safety of road users while new kerb lines 'cured' before we went back to resurface the realigned road. Temporary markings were not necessary for the second roundabout at the junction with Kingsley Road, where construction ahead of the new mini-roundabout didn't alter the existing traffic flow. The permanent markings for both roundabouts have now been painted on.
"Further resurfacing works on Ford Park Road, between Gifford Place and Dale Road, are planned for March 22 and 23 and will include additional road markings and traffic calming measures. Western Power Distribution will also be on site to check and turn on the electronic roundabout signs."