Bring back our cats eyes: "Dangerous experiment" with coast road markings must end, says councillor (From Dorset Echo)
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New call for restoration of cats eyes and white lines on Weymouth-Bridport coast road
A NEW call has been issued for white lines and cats eyes to be restored to the Weymouth to Bridport coast road.
County councillor Ronald Coatsworth made the plea amid concerns that crashes on the B3157 have risen in the last five years – in contrast to reduced figures for Dorset as a whole.
He warned that the figures were disastrous and proof that white lines and cats eyes need to be re-instated along the whole length of the road.
His arguments and his interpretation of accident figures are refuted by Dorset County Council.
Coun Coatsworth says he wants the matter debated by the whole council again.
He said: “In the five years up to the end of 2011 the number of collisions and casualties for DCC as a whole has reduced by 25 per cent and 27 per cent respectively.
“For the B3157, the number of collisions increased by 21 per cent and the injuries by 17 per cent.
“Full figures are not yet available for 2012 but the six month figures show a 42 per cent increase in collisions over a five year period.
“These are disastrous figures with nearly one accident for every one mile of the road every year and about 1.5 injuries.”
He added: “The county council officers continue to want us to wait another three years before the matter is re-considered again and I do not think this is living in the real world.”
Coun Coatsworth put questions to Peter Finney cabinet member for highways and transportation.
He called for the ‘dangerous experiment’ to be abandoned and the white lines returned.
Coun Finney said 75 per cent of the collisions since the road markings were changed had happened where there were still centre white lines.
He added: “Of the remaining 25 per cent at other locations, the causes varied and included a variety of factors, none of which have been attributed to the lack of centre line markings.
“Poor visibility due to fog is recorded in two of the collisions before the scheme and one since.
“In all three cases the fog related collisions occurred at locations where the centre lines still remain.”
He said given the current collision data and the relatively few negative comments from the general public the situation would be reviewed in 2015.
£1M project introduced in 2010
IT WAS 2010 when the £1million road safety measures were introduced with the aim of reducing collisions by 40 per cent – a move which caused uproar and sparked a partially successful campaign to get lines and cats’ eyes re-instated.
The idea behind removing ‘road clutter’ like white lines and cats’ eyes was that drivers would become more aware of the hazards on the road, it would encourage lower speeds and would reduce ‘visual intrusion’.