DBN has been watching with interest as tempers rise over the Bakers Roundabout disaster. Plagued by design problems and slow construction, this roundabout has now become the biggest social media talking point in Dartmouth. Just when the visitors are flooding back after the pandemic Dartmouth has a blockage on the main road entrance to the town making local travel difficult and the visitor experience fraught!
Image courtesy of Damien Gwardy
Frustration is rising because the delays on passing the roundabout are being aggravated by the failure of the traffic lights that control the flow. At least twice over the bank holiday the lights have failed and on one occasion we were trapped in the melee that followed. I wish I had recorded the people throwing the bollards to the side so that we could go down past Sainsburys to avoid the jam.
There are two issues that are causing annoyance to residents. One is the design of the roundabout which does not seem to take account of the large delivery lorries that deliver to Sainsburys and other businesses in the areaand the second is the time it is taking to construct this island. Made worse by the fact that we rarely see enough workers on the site attempting to get it built in good time.
Just when Dartmouth was welcoming the biggest increase in visitor numbers ever seen in the town, albeit post lockdown, we have been strangled by an unnecessary obstruction on the main road access to the town. If you have experienced the problem yourself please comment below. We must make sure the residents frustration with this roundabout is communicated to both Bakers Estates and Devon County Council.
Here is just one of the emails We have received about this problem
On Tue, 1 Jun 2021, 06:58 Martin Sayer, > wrote:
On BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, undoubtedly the busiest day for traffic this year, the temporary traffic lights at the roundabout at the entrance to the Little Cotton Farm housing development malfunctioned, This effectively BLOCKED ACCESS TO DARTMOUTH from the Kingsbridge/Totnes direction.
Of course the construction site for this RIDICULOUS ROUNDABOUT was abandoned. The roundabout is clearly too big and is off centre to the access roads, creating a chicane on the Dartmouth side.
The current situation is a farce.
WHO is ACCOUNTABLE? Who is going to FIX? WHEN will the construction be completed?