A554 Tower Road New Design

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

With regard to the new road layout on the A554 Four Bridges/Tower Road.

Please confirm that the design of the roundabout at the junction with Tower Wharf complies with DfT Traffic Signs Manual, with special regard to the lack of Give Way signs/road markings, signage to indicate New Roundabout Ahead etc.

Please provide a copy of any consultation/communication/authorisation with/from the DfT confirming the design suitability.

Please provide the report from the Tower Road Streetscape Project Independent Safety Audit Consultants, as mentioned in the Public Consultation on Draft Proposals November 2018

Yours faithfully,

T Harrison

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear T Harrison

 

Further to your recent Freedom of Information enquiry, please see Wirral
Council’s response below.

 

Please confirm that the design of the roundabout at the junction with
Tower Wharf complies with DfT Traffic Signs Manual, with special regard to
the lack of Give Way signs/road markings, signage to indicate New
Roundabout Ahead etc. - The junction of Tower Road and Tower Wharf is a
‘no priority’ junction and the markings provided at the junction are for
guidance only. Therefore as it is not a roundabout, there is no
requirement for roundabout signage to be installed.

 

Please provide a copy of any consultation/communication/authorisation
with/from the DfT confirming the design suitability. - DfT were the
majority funding body for the Tower Road South Civilised Street scheme and
were supportive of the scheme principles and step change provided on this
section of road, which will ultimately result in reduced vehicle speeds
and promotion of more sustainable means of travel, including walking and
cycling.

 

Please provide the report from the Tower Road Streetscape Project
Independent Safety Audit Consultants, as mentioned in the Public
Consultation on Draft Proposals November 2018. - Please refer to the
attached document.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'A554 Tower Road New Design'.

Further to your part response, thank you.
Please accept this as my request for review of my request.

You say the ‘junction’ is not a roundabout, yet since my FoI request was submitted, signs warning of ‘new roundabout ahead’ were placed either side of the ‘junction’. Many drivers are treating the design as a roundabout by following the concentric circles within the design.

The Wirral Globe showed a photograph of ‘The new Tower Road roundabout’
https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/19074...

If it is, in fact, a no-priority junction, Rule 146 of the Highway Code states you should look out for unmarked (no-priority) junctions in side roads & country roads. Having a no-priority junction on a major trunk road where foreign HGV’s are common would appear to me to be an accident waiting to happen….quite the opposite of the design intention.

You have not answered my question as to whether the Department for Transport have had the design submitted for consultation or authorisation, but thank you for the superfluous comments. Please answer the question submitted.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

T Harrison

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As an aide-mémoire to Wirral Council, who appear unable to decide whether this junction is a roundabout or a no-priority junction, I have made a request to Merseyside Police for any consultation documents with regard to the new road design.

WBC in house online newspaper calls it a roundabout https://wirralview.com/news-climate-emer...

I imagine the confusion will have something to do with Covid19/Brexit etc, but if I were the Information Officer charged with putting my name to an initial response such as this I would be hopping mad.

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

You internal review response is overdue, according to ICO guidelines.
Please confirm when you expect this to be completed.

Yours sincerely,

T Harrison

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear T Harrison

 

Further to your email of 18 April 2021, please see below further comment
in response to the issues raised in your request for an internal review of
the Council’s  original response.

 

 

You say the ‘junction’ is not a roundabout, yet since my FoI request was
submitted, signs warning of ‘new roundabout ahead’ were placed either side
of the ‘junction’. Many drivers are treating the design as a roundabout by
following the concentric circles within the design. - Temporary “New Road
Layout Ahead” traffic signs have been erected on each approach to Tower
Road.

 

The Wirral Globe showed a photograph of ‘The new Tower Road
roundabout’[1]https://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/19074...

Wirral Council cannot control ‘captions’ published by an independent
newspaper.

 

If it is, in fact, a no-priority junction, Rule 146 of the Highway Code
states you should look out for unmarked (no-priority) junctions in side
roads & country roads. Having a no-priority junction on a major trunk road
where foreign HGV’s are common would appear to me to be an accident
waiting to happen….quite the opposite of the design intention. - Road
Safety Audits have been undertaken during the development of this project.
The third stage audit was recently undertaken by an independent
consultant. As part of the commission the Auditor examined the new road
layout in order to report potential road safety issues along with
recommendations.

 

You have not answered my question as to whether the Department for
Transport have had the design submitted for consultation or authorisation,
but thank you for the superfluous comments. Please answer the question
submitted. - Please see the attached NPIF Bid document that was submitted
to the Department for Transport outlining the Tower Road project and
Business Case (P44 onwards). The proposals were further developed
following the successful award of funding.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the Council’s handling of your request,
you may complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office who can be
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Yours sincerely

 

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290

Brighton Street

Wallasey

CH27 9FQ

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

The photographs shown in the Wirral Globe are the same as those shown in the Wirral View and were likely supplied to them, no doubt with their accompanying captions.

Readers should note that since detailing the article in the Wirral View, the caption under this article, which is under the control of Wirral Council, has been changed from ‘roundabout’ to ‘junction’.

The Council have failed to answer the request fully and transparently, and I will be making a Section 77 complaint to the ICO. Under section 77, it is a criminal offence to alter, deface, block, erase, destroy or conceal any information held by the public authority with the intention of preventing disclosure following a request under the Act for the information.

Yours sincerely,

T Harrison

ICO complaint submitted today

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What kind of morons chose and approved such a design? There's absolutely no need to make it look like a roundabout, and no need for the middle part to be circular - both the circular design and the painted lines suggest 'roundabout' even to English drivers, never mind those driving from countries where their licence was obtained by a 5 minute drive!