New changes are not any different

Black Cat roundabout
Black Cat roundabout
  • Black Cat roundabout improvements have been completed by the Highways Agency
  • Chronicle readers have commented on Facebook that the changes don’t seem to have made any difference
  • Traffic lights have been introduced to try and ease congestion

The new-look Black Cat roundabout on the A1 is now open after months of improvement works.

However, the re-opening has seemingly not solved all of the congestion problems as Chronicle Country residents have explained on our Facebook page.

Karl Maskell said: “A complete waste of money, even on Sunday there was long queues southbound. The planners certainly DID NOT plan, only time will tell. I cannot see any improvement.”

Ian Adamson said: “Went through there on Saturday, the queues southbound were as long as ever.”

Despite many drivers being unhappy with the improvements the Highways Agency is adamant the improvements will help at the roundabout in the long term.

Highways Agency Project Manager, Mark Saunders, said: “We have worked hard to get the new roundabout layout open to traffic in time for the Easter holidays.

“The A1 Black Cat opened to traffic last week and the traffic signals are now fully operational.

“We will remain on site to check the traffic signals are working with the flow of traffic.

“Drivers should notice a difference to their journeys now as the opening of the new roundabout was an important step in finishing work on the project.

“There is still some finishing off works which will be completed using overnight closures and scheme completion could be late April.”

The improvementes include the introduction of traffic signals to ease congestion and the widening of lanes on the approach to the roundabout.

Commenting on our Facebook page, people didn’t see the benefits of the new system though.

Anna Infield said: “A fly over should have been done years ago instead of wasting more money and time! Listen to the drivers!”

Matt Frere added: “Putting lights on there was the worst thing they could have possibly done, southbound is an accident waiting to happen with people trying to skip from lane 1 into lane 2 at the last minute because they’re too important to sit in the queue like everyone else.”