Hazardous road junction gets mini-roundabout

Written by  Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:56
The Wellhouse mini roundabout The Wellhouse mini roundabout
Six months to install a mini-roundabout – an entry perhaps for the Guinness Book of Records – but worth the wait if safety and traffic flow improves at one of High Barnet’s notorious traffic junctions.

Work has finally been completed on road realignment and resurfacing at the junction of Wellhouse Lane and Wood Street.

As well as a mini-roundabout, the new £121,000 layout, first proposed in 2013, includes an additional zebra crossing, improved pavements, and road resurfacing along Wellhouse Lane, the main approach road to Barnet Hospital.

The new layout has caught some motorists by surprise, with some vehicles travelling along Wood Street, towards Arkley, finding the turn too sharp.

Delays to the project occurred when the contractors, Conway, discovered an entanglement of pipes for utility services, including water and electricity, that took months to sort out.

The junction had become a traffic blackspot. It was the scene of eight personal-injury road accidents in the two years to 2012.

Conditions were exacerbated by the much-increased flow of ambulances to the hospital’s expanded accident and emergency service, and by the diversion of buses on major services such as the 263 and 307 to terminate at the Wellhouse Lane terminus.

Work on the scheme, designed by Capita for Barnet Council, began in early January. Extensive excavation was required, and the final road resurfacing necessitated road closures and diversions to ensure that there was 24-hour access to the hospital’s accident and emergency department.

When agreed in 2014, an alternative plan was proposed by Capita to install traffic lights at the junction, but this was rejected on the grounds that it would cost an additional £105,000.

The total cost of the project, which will include measures to improve disabled access at nearby bus stops in Wood Street, was estimated to be £226,000 in 2014.

Local residents will be waiting to see with interest whether installation of the Wellhouse Lane round-about helps to reduce congestion at the adjacent junction with Queen’s Road, which is the main approach to Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School.

Ten coaches and a dozen executive-style mini-buses turn in or out of Queen’s Road and Wood Street four times a day, dropping off and collecting pupils from all over north and north-west London.

The new layout faces its ultimate test on QE Boys’ open evening (6.7.2017) when the school gets over 3,000 visitors between 2.30pm and 9.30pm – and the resulting traffic jams often extend down Barnet Hill as far as the Everyman cinema, and along the Barnet Road to the Arkley public house.

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21 comments

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:34 posted by Martin Mac

    I was horrified at using this junction properly when driving towards Arkley. I went around roundabout properly as Road dictates and a car tried to overtake by jumping across roundabout!!!
    Accident waiting to happen...... or
    ......a happening waiting for the accident

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:35 posted by Peter Richardson

    The roundabout part feels when driving that it has been put to far down in the turn, a good job done bad.

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:36 posted by Jenny Petch

    Couldn't agree more with the comments above - the way it causes the traffic to flow will cause an accident - as in the picture above most people coming from the Ravenscroft park end simply drive straight over it

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:37 posted by Roberta Cohen

    It's ridiculous the roundabout should be in the middle when I drive coming from the church I go straight over it not round it it's to far to the left.

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:38 posted by Lynne Thomas

    It is one of the latest bad designs in High Barnet. It would have cost a great deal as well.

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:41 posted by Pauline White

    Its ridiculous very badly designed.

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:42 posted by Elaine Davies

    Yes but look where they put the round about

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:43 posted by Diane de Naeyer

    Very poordesign

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:44 posted by Anna Nichol

    I haven’t seen this one but why has nothing been done about the junction of Lyonsdown road with the High Road. I am not sure of the statistics of how dangerous this junction is but have seen near misses on a daily basis. Worse than that witnessing an elderly lady being knocked down as someone speeding along the high Road turned into Lyonsdown and numerous people I know having accidents there.

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:45 posted by David Hood

    I have been going past this junction for weeks looking forward to the better layout. Once finished it makes me fear going through it every time. Such a bad layout and dread to hit it when an ambulance goes through.

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:46 posted by Elizabeth Burling

    £121,000! Really! I think a roundabout is a good idea at this spot but does it really cost so much?

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:47 posted by Adele Greaves

    I have not seen one person go round it rather than over it and I take this route everyday - it's insane.....

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:48 posted by Jaca Quinho Paiva Murphy

    Very dangerous, it's bad designed, it's just wrong ...

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:49 posted by Richard Brisbin

    It's completely in the wrong place , was it drawn up or just slapped there without any planning ?

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:49 posted by Chris Kondic

    What's the problem with just driving straight over the top of it?
    Just so long as we all do it!

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 08:50 posted by Desmond Michael

    The junction does need some control but for cyclists it is very difficult when going straight on from Barnet that you have to go down then up to go round it and cars inevitably just turn left in front of you

  • Comment Link Monday, 17 July 2017 13:04 posted by Tony Barnes

    I also have had the experience of complying with the highway code and being overtaken on the roundabout. The code states "All vehicles MUST pass round the central markings except large vehicles which are physically incapable of doing so." This is a dangerous roundabout.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 18 July 2017 14:17 posted by Dennis Bird

    Another Barnet danger spot for cyclists,can't think there won't be accidents there.There should be a 20mph limit and better road marking.
    Still not too far to the hospital ......

  • Comment Link Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:02 posted by Stuart D

    Saw a near miss. A car went round the mini roundabout but the van behind went straight across and there was almost a collision.
    The car driver stopped - he was probably in shock.

  • Comment Link Sunday, 30 July 2017 07:17 posted by Andy

    Did you ever observe buses turning right out of wellhouse lane before this new roundabout?
    Plenty of near misses between the front overhang of the bus and pedestrians standing on the pavement opposite.

  • Comment Link Sunday, 30 July 2017 17:23 posted by Jonathan Warren

    The layout of this mini-roundabout is appalling. I live in Wood Street a few hundred feet from it. Cars travelling from Barnet to Arkley generally go over the "bump". In fact it is rare to see a car go around it. Buses travelling in the same direction do the same. Whoever planned this clearly has never driven anything. The "bump" needs to be repositioned as a matter of urgency. In my opinion the junction is more dangerous than what it replaced. I have for many years thought that a mini-roundabout should be placed at this junction but in an appropriate position! We need a petition to have this remedied.

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