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dazplott wrote:I don't think there is any chance of a flyover at Ocean way. They haven't splayed the carriageway as new road joins the roundabout so there is no room for a ramp. They don't appear to have prepared for a flyover on the Queensgate end either, so I think they have destroyed any reasonable chance of there being fully grade separated EBL in the future. Whilst there is probably just enough space to dual Rover Way, its going to be a nightmare in terms of disruption. Its aways seemed a very poorly constructed roadway and will probably need extensive works to fully stabilise the ground. The early 90s route was along the foreshore on a viaduct/embankment with a possible intersection at Seawall Road. To my mind this remains the only feasible solution for a grade separated route. Best case, they might be able to drop the two existing roundabouts near the steelworks on Rover Way and provide an access road to the industrial units on the south side via a new roundabout at Seawall Road. Then you've still got the Tesco junction at the Lamby Way end and the docks access just off ocean way roundabout... unless you build a long bridge across the railway line from Ocean Way roundabout . Either way, I think the construction costs will be broadly similar to the first phase e.g. £50M/Km
I read this and decided to have a better look on Google Earth myself.
Since looking at it I honestly dont think we're going to get a completed Eastern Link. For a start, the Eastern side of Ocean way goes down a steep hill, followed my a wide railway line, immediately followed by Rover Way which runs parallel although to a much higher height.
Theres barely enough room to dual Rover Way, and even if they did, where would they put junctions to enter the industrial areas and scrapyards to the south? There isnt even enough room for an appropriately sized roundabout at-grade, forget a GSJ. Not to mention the access to these business would be non existent while dualling the road.
Alternatively you could put the route along the foreshore, but how expensive would that be? At least half the length of the thing basically would be elevated up to the A48.. the cost would run into the hundreds of millions very easily.
I would love for the whole A4232 to be completed, but I cant see it happening for a long, long time.