Concerns over 'danger point' on Weymouth seafront

CONCERNS: The crossing on Weymouth’s esplanade.

APPEAL FOR RAILINGS: Shaun Austin

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

‘SOMEONE will be killed’- that’s the concern of two men who are calling for action at a ‘danger’ point on Weymouth seafront.

Shaun Austin and Mark Layton, who work at Sands Arcade, say they see between two and three vehicles a week mount the kerb outside the former Tourist Information Centre.

They are urging Dorset County Council to install railings along a section of pavement along The Esplanade to make it clear where the bus lane ends and the pavement begins.

The lane was made as part of the traffic management scheme in the town centre, a part of the Weymouth Transport Package prior to the Olympic Sailing events.

Mr Austin said: “When it rains you can’t see it’s a bus lane at night so people drive down it and get to the end and go straight onto the pavement.

“It is only a matter of time before someone is killed. We’ve seen cars hit the traffic lights and sometimes even nearly hit pedestrians.”

He added: “Last week, a camping wagon went straight over the crossing and the awning came off.

“The lights and poles were replaced but by the following Friday night a car hit it again.”

The concerned pair said they have alerted the council to the problem in the past.

Council chiefs told the Echo that every traffic management scheme has a schedule of safety audits once it’s been completed to ensure that traffic is behaving the way it was modelled.

A spokesman for Dorset County Council said they often tweak schemes to ensure road users safety.

Tim Norman, county council chief engineer highways management, said: “We have already made changes to this area due to some issues raised in the last safety audit.

“If there are safety issues, particularly when the road floods then this is a maintenance issue and we need to look into it.

“We have another safety audit planned for the Weymouth Transport Plan and this will be looked into then too.”

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12:24pm Thu 6 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

"Council chiefs told the Echo that every traffic management scheme has a schedule of safety audits once it’s been completed to ensure that traffic is behaving the way it was modelled."
I suppose they mean that they're making sure that's it's causing as much congestion as they'd planned (see: the Jubilee clock lights), and it's as confusing as they'd hoped for. (See also: the crossing that actually isn't at the top of King Street.)
"Council chiefs told the Echo that every traffic management scheme has a schedule of safety audits once it’s been completed to ensure that traffic is behaving the way it was modelled." I suppose they mean that they're making sure that's it's causing as much congestion as they'd planned (see: the Jubilee clock lights), and it's as confusing as they'd hoped for. (See also: the crossing that actually isn't at the top of King Street.) arlbergbahn
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3:06pm Thu 6 Mar 14

craigbastow1@outlook.com says...

maybe this man should spend more time in his arcade rather than patrolling the esplanade like an unlicensed security guard. i wonder what his boss makes of all this ? is it in his terms of employment that he oogles passers by for most of his working days ......
maybe this man should spend more time in his arcade rather than patrolling the esplanade like an unlicensed security guard. i wonder what his boss makes of all this ? is it in his terms of employment that he oogles passers by for most of his working days ...... craigbastow1@outlook.com
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4:01pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Joe_Bloggs says...

This is not a bus lane, this is actually one long bus stop the only bus lane on the seafront is before the turning for Kings Street.
I agree that railings would be beneficial, but from a safety point of view if the cars still come down there they will just smash the railings into pedestrians causing even worse injuries and more cost continually repairing them, surely a better idea would be to put an island along the outside of the bus stop with bus only signs at the entrance, with gaps for service vehicles and the land train to go through. All it would take then would be maybe a railing along the island to stop vehicles entering the bus stop which would lead them to the crossing along the road, it would also mean buses having to move along the stop as the bus in front moves back onto the road and most importantly the council actually enforcing the sign that says no coach drop off, this area in the summer months is full of day trip coaches and the local buses have nowhere to drop off, the whole thing like the traffic system in town is a mess maybe it needs a simple person with simple ideas to sort rather than some overpaid council worker that doesn't seem to understand how the real world works !
This is not a bus lane, this is actually one long bus stop the only bus lane on the seafront is before the turning for Kings Street. I agree that railings would be beneficial, but from a safety point of view if the cars still come down there they will just smash the railings into pedestrians causing even worse injuries and more cost continually repairing them, surely a better idea would be to put an island along the outside of the bus stop with bus only signs at the entrance, with gaps for service vehicles and the land train to go through. All it would take then would be maybe a railing along the island to stop vehicles entering the bus stop which would lead them to the crossing along the road, it would also mean buses having to move along the stop as the bus in front moves back onto the road and most importantly the council actually enforcing the sign that says no coach drop off, this area in the summer months is full of day trip coaches and the local buses have nowhere to drop off, the whole thing like the traffic system in town is a mess maybe it needs a simple person with simple ideas to sort rather than some overpaid council worker that doesn't seem to understand how the real world works ! Joe_Bloggs
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6:29pm Thu 6 Mar 14

rodin says...

Joe_Bloggs is right
Joe_Bloggs is right rodin
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10:51pm Thu 6 Mar 14

John New says...

Um. Design unsafe scheme, same organisation then does the safety audit! Hardly surprising these idiotic things get through across the County.

Examples. ASDA junction, the pinch point at the town end of the Esplanade bus lane, this bus stop (Weymouth), stupid signs telling strangers a destination is straight ahead instead of right (at least two approaches to the Football Stadium Rndabout (Dorchester), lane markings you can't actually follow through the roundabout (several), etc., etc.
Um. Design unsafe scheme, same organisation then does the safety audit! Hardly surprising these idiotic things get through across the County. Examples. ASDA junction, the pinch point at the town end of the Esplanade bus lane, this bus stop (Weymouth), stupid signs telling strangers a destination is straight ahead instead of right (at least two approaches to the Football Stadium Rndabout (Dorchester), lane markings you can't actually follow through the roundabout (several), etc., etc. John New
  • Score: -4

8:20am Fri 7 Mar 14

Mick16 says...

Not as dangerous as kicking a football backwards and forwards across the esplanade during the busy summer! Not the sharpest tool in the box Mr Austin......
Not as dangerous as kicking a football backwards and forwards across the esplanade during the busy summer! Not the sharpest tool in the box Mr Austin...... Mick16
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