Cross Rifles Roundabout
|Cross Rifles Roundabout|
|Location Map ( geo)|
The Cross Rifles roundabout, named after the pub on its north side, is the historic meeting point of the A38 and A39, and before them the Bristol and Bath Turnpike roads in Bridgwater. The pub takes its name from its association with the Monmouth rebellion. Until the Town's relief road was constructed in the 1960s, it was a simple fork, but with the new dual carriageway pushed through to the south it became a roundabout. This meant that in the 1980s when The Clink was opened as a new road to the north of the town centre, it was able to be slotted in to the existing roundabout.
Due to the lack of room, the roundabout was never very generous in size and that means that today, with 4 arms of busy traffic including lorries accessing the towns industrial areas, a small island and pedestrian crossings on both of the northern arms, this roundabout can be a very scary place. Large lorries need the full width of the tarmac to negotiate safely, making a nonsense of the two approach lanes provided. Indeed, there is little point in trying to force the point of the two marked circulatory lanes as you will almost certainly fail.
|Bristol (M5), Weston-super-Mare (A370), Pawlett, West Huntspill, Highbridge|
|Taunton (M5), Exeter, Minehead (A39)|
|Glastonbury, Ashcott, Walton, Street|
|Town Centre, Chilton Trinity, The Docks, Superstore|