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Concerns over 'danger point' on Weymouth seafront
‘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.
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.”
- For more information on the Weymouth transport package visit dorsetforyou.com
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