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Residents secure talks to discuss Weymouth's traffic system
COMMUNITY leaders have secured talks with council chiefs to discuss Weymouth’s controversial traffic system.
It is hoped it will pave the way for a wider open meeting where residents can put their concerns to Dorset County Council highways officers.
Park District resident and former community group leader Ken Whatley has been leading calls for a public meeting amid growing concern that aspects of the scheme need changing.
A Dorset Echo website poll found 95 per cent of people agreed the scheme wasn’t working.
The South and West Dorset Green Party has said it would welcome a public meeting to discuss the traffic system and how it can be improved.
DCC has indicated it is open to the idea – but first Mr Whatley has been invited to County Hall by chief executive Debbie Ward to discuss concerns.
He and Dave Burchill from the Waterside Weymouth Comm-unity Forum will meet her and other senior officers today.
Mr Whatley said the invite was ‘encouraging’ and hoped it would lead to a wider meeting where ‘sensible solutions’ can be explored.
He will also be passing on issues raised by others who saw a story in the Echo. They include hoteliers who have suggested a sign to direct visitors to seafront accommodation as they are unable to turn right at the top of King Street.
Mr Whatley’s concerns include the blocking of the Queen Street/King Street junction and seafront bottlenecks caused by traffic forced into one lane.
He said: “The council is very receptive to a public meeting. God help whoever chairs it as I expect it will be hairy.
“If they listen to what we have to say and take it on board then I think we’re getting somewhere.
“We need to have a positive discussion.”
Lights causing hold-ups
‘INTELLIGENT’ traffic lights replaced roundabouts on the harbourside near Asda, either side of the Swannery Bridge and at the top of King Street during 2010-11 for the Weymouth Transport Package in the run-up to the Olympics.
It was funded by the Department of Transport as DCC looked to improve traffic flows and journey times.
The 18-month-long roadworks blitz crippled the town – and now traffic lights have replaced roundabouts there has been criticism of increased congestion and problem junctions.
Hot spots include the Asda junction, the Boot Hill corridor and the seafront.
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