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Moving to Worcester, how bad is the traffic?

Moving to Worcester, how bad is the traffic?

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_Rich_

Original Poster:

764 posts

89 months

Tuesday 31st January
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New job means i will have to relocate. My job is in Drotiwich but looking at surrounding areas Worcester seems like the place i'd like to go. I think i need to go on the A38 out of the city but obvious concern is traffic. Is it really as bad as a few reports i read albeit from a few years back?

Also anything else i should know about the place?

Edit: i looking at a central location

MrC986

1,690 posts

108 months

Tuesday 31st January
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Droitwich has seen a sharp rise in traffic levels over the last 15 years as commuters move further out of Bham. If you want to live in/near a city, then Worcester has a strong pull although it's down to personal choice. Droitwich isn't a bad place to live (I lived there/nearby until I was 30) & it has good access to Worcester/Birmingham etc. Have a look using Rightmove at house prices as the markets pretty buoyant.

popegregory

505 posts

51 months

Tuesday 31st January
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I've lived around Worcester all my life now, what would you like to know? It's really rather pleasant.

_Rich_

Original Poster:

764 posts

89 months

Tuesday 31st January
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At the minute its what its like during rush hour, I've been a country bumpkin all my life so traffic usually involves being stuck behind a tractor for a few minutes :haha:

Google maps tells me it should take 20 minutes to leave potential new place where i'll live to work. But should i except to double the time it takes.

Sounds stupid what I'm asking looking back but i really don't fancy sitting in queues of traffic.

Nigel Worc's

7,941 posts

105 months

Tuesday 31st January
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I have lived in Worcester since 1990.

If I had a job in Droitwich then I'd probably choose to live there or one of the nearby villages.

Traffic can be bad, like anywhere these days, but five years of roadworks on the M5 haven't helped, constant messing with the incomplete almost ring road, and the councils ability to give permission for roadworks on all major routes at the same time is often an added bonus (a few years back they brought the entire city to a standstill with a census).

If you really want Worcester then working in Droitwich I would suggest you stick to the North side.

Edited by Nigel Worc's on Tuesday 31st January 22:59

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_Rich_

Original Poster:

764 posts

89 months

Wednesday 1st February
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Interesting i was reading about the M5 causing the problems, i'll be renting to start with just to get sorted asap. So i may move to droitwich and get a feel for the area and decide in the future on what to do.
Its all a bit hectic at the minute.

popegregory

505 posts

51 months

Thursday 2nd February
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I really can't see you'll have a problem. I worked in droitwich ten years ago whilst living in town centre (Diglis) and in St. John's - you could happily go down m5, up a38 or even out the back through holt fleet.

sone

4,100 posts

155 months

Thursday 2nd February
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My office is in Droitwich, I travel from a village between Studley and Alcester every morning, probably 12 miles or so and it takes me 15-20mins tops. Coming in from that side of Droitwich is easy, from the other side not so. My business partner is often delayed coming in From Worcester. Road works seem to a major issue!

_Rich_

Original Poster:

764 posts

89 months

Thursday 2nd February
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Road works seem to be cause of the problems in the area.

I'm down on Saturday to have a look at a place in Droitwich, so will probably have wonder down to Worcester to give me more of an idea.

exciting times ahead.

550Anniv

344 posts

139 months

Friday 3rd February
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..I live in Fernhill Heath, which is between Droitwich and Worcester. Traffic into
the city of Worcester is not usually an issue, its also good access to the M5.
Lots of new housing developments starting to appear in Droitwich and some good placed to eat and
drink.

FiF

30,135 posts

168 months

Monday 13th February
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I travel into Worcester most days from the North, days when RGS and other private schools are on holiday are cloud9 as all the yummy mummies aren't blocking up the roads / parking spaces with their completely st driving and parking as they're too busy putting on mascara the while Facebooking or something.

Things improve even more when the state schools are off.

Concur with above comment about council's inability to organise roadworks timing.

If you work in Droitwich then North side imo, Fernhill Heath? Claines? Northwick in part is quite nice, Bevere?

_Rich_

Original Poster:

764 posts

89 months

Monday 13th February
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A little update.
The other weekend i had a wonder down and found a nice place in Droitwich, also went into Worcester afterwards. Lovely place but i don't think i would want to commute everyday.

but....

I was made a much much better offer to stay where i am. Which means i no longer need to move. Its been a mad few weeks but ultimately happy with the way things have gone if a little unexpected.

SirSamuelBuca

1,335 posts

74 months

Tuesday 28th February
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most people who get offered more money to stay tend to leave anyway. i would rethink you reasons for staying (if its just monetary).

worcester is lovely and you can use Waze to navigate out of i lived there for 3 years. I would move back around that part of the world too.

FiF

30,135 posts

168 months

Monday 13th March
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Just got to update this.

Rant on.

What completely retarded snot gobbling window lickers on the council approved 4 way temporary traffic lights on both The Tything / London Road area which completely jammed up the A38/A449 route in and out of the city, and approved 4 way temporary lights on the roundabout by the Crematorium at junction Astwood Road / Brickwood road / Blackpole road through the railway bridge and all routes into the estates by the canal.

You utter utter fkwits. Now every route northwards into and out of the city east of the river is one giant fking car park. Cock Wombling thunder s.

/ rant.

1/10 Yeah still not enough swearing

thepeoplespal

1,132 posts

194 months

Thursday 16th March
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FiF said:
Just got to update this.

Rant on.

What completely retarded snot gobbling window lickers on the council approved 4 way temporary traffic lights on both The Tything / London Road area which completely jammed up the A38/A449 route in and out of the city, and approved 4 way temporary lights on the roundabout by the Crematorium at junction Astwood Road / Brickwood road / Blackpole road through the railway bridge and all routes into the estates by the canal.

You utter utter fkwits. Now every route northwards into and out of the city east of the river is one giant fking car park. Cock Wombling thunder s.

/ rant.

1/10 Yeah still not enough swearing
Probably do that because not enough people were using their park and ride scheme, their way of getting the motorist back, although incompetence is more likely the reality.

Amateurish

5,041 posts

139 months

Wednesday 29th March
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sone said:
My office is in Droitwich, I travel from a village between Studley and Alcester every morning
Coughton? I've recently moved into the area - will look out for your Huracan! I saw a green Caterham in Temple Grafton the other day with a PH sticker. Wonder how many other PHers there are near Alcester.

sone

4,100 posts

155 months

Wednesday 29th March
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Amateurish said:
sone said:
My office is in Droitwich, I travel from a village between Studley and Alcester every morning
Coughton? I've recently moved into the area - will look out for your Huracan! I saw a green Caterham in Temple Grafton the other day with a PH sticker. Wonder how many other PHers there are near Alcester.
Sambourne, There's quite a few of us in the surrounding area. Dave in his white Evora 400, Mark in his Ultima, James in his 911 Turbo, Jason in his Gt40 or noisy Jag amongst others and as you say me in a Huracan soon to be Aventador. That's just a few of us. There are usually a few car meets at Alcester rugby club in the summer so possibly see you there!

weeboot

660 posts

16 months

Wednesday 29th March
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Central Worcester here. Rush hour is a pain in the arse, If you want to be in a good spot for Worcester look to the north of the city, Barbourne, that sort of territory. You DON'T want to be crossing the river or going anywhere near the south of the city during rush hour, at all.
Especially not with the ongoing works on London Road and up by County Hall.

Edit, you say you're looking for a central location, where are you thinking? Would you consider using the train for the run to Droitwich and back?

Vocal Minority

7,195 posts

69 months

Thursday 30th March
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sone said:
Amateurish said:
sone said:
My office is in Droitwich, I travel from a village between Studley and Alcester every morning
Coughton? I've recently moved into the area - will look out for your Huracan! I saw a green Caterham in Temple Grafton the other day with a PH sticker. Wonder how many other PHers there are near Alcester.
Sambourne, There's quite a few of us in the surrounding area. Dave in his white Evora 400, Mark in his Ultima, James in his 911 Turbo, Jason in his Gt40 or noisy Jag amongst others and as you say me in a Huracan soon to be Aventador. That's just a few of us. There are usually a few car meets at Alcester rugby club in the summer so possibly see you there!
Do you lads do Shelsley Breakfast Club? I am sure I have seen a similar group there.

I didn't realise there were so many other Worcestercians here

sone

4,100 posts

155 months

Thursday 30th March
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Vocal Minority said:
sone said:
Amateurish said:
sone said:
My office is in Droitwich, I travel from a village between Studley and Alcester every morning
Coughton? I've recently moved into the area - will look out for your Huracan! I saw a green Caterham in Temple Grafton the other day with a PH sticker. Wonder how many other PHers there are near Alcester.
Sambourne, There's quite a few of us in the surrounding area. Dave in his white Evora 400, Mark in his Ultima, James in his 911 Turbo, Jason in his Gt40 or noisy Jag amongst others and as you say me in a Huracan soon to be Aventador. That's just a few of us. There are usually a few car meets at Alcester rugby club in the summer so possibly see you there!
Do you lads do Shelsley Breakfast Club? I am sure I have seen a similar group there.

I didn't realise there were so many other Worcestercians here
We used to do Shelsley on a regular basis but since the booking in scenario we haven't been.
We all seem to be at the Cars and coffee meet in Redditch of late tho!
http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/carsandcoffee.asp