Announcement expected on Weymouth traffic system

Dorset Echo: Announcement expected on Weymouth traffic system Announcement expected on Weymouth traffic system

CHANGES are due to be made soon to Weymouth’s under-fire transport system.

An announcement is expected soon from Dorset County Council on details of the changes, which came about after discussions with local campaigners.

Traffic lights replaced main roundabouts during 2010-11 for the Weymouth Transport Package as DCC looked to improve traffic flows in the run-up to the Olympics.

But there has been criticism of increased congestion and problem junctions.

Residents Ken Whatley and Dave Burchill took concerns to County Hall last year, complaining that aspects of the Weymouth Transport Package needed examining.

Their concerns included the ‘dangerous’ Asda junction, gridlock on the Esplanade, unclear lane signage, queues on Boot Hill and a clogged up King Street-Queen Street junction.

Chief executive of Dorset County Council Debbie Ward acknowledged there were clear safety concerns and agreed to review the issues.

It was announced in December that the council would act on changes.

DCC said the transport package had resolved some issues including traffic congestion around Jubilee retail park. It has also decreased the travel time from Weymouth to Dorchester and manages the majority of through traffic around the town.

A road safety audit is planned for July this year and traffic management continues to be monitored to ensure the system efficiently manages traffic flow.

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4:15pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

Apparently someone come up with a bold new idea, called Roundabouts?
Apparently someone come up with a bold new idea, called Roundabouts? Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: 11

4:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

P.S who is getting the sack and any money re-funded to the tax payers, or is it the usual no accountability in the public sector?
P.S who is getting the sack and any money re-funded to the tax payers, or is it the usual no accountability in the public sector? Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: 16

4:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MrTomSmith says...

Don't do them in the SUMMER!!! ....... But of course they will.
Don't do them in the SUMMER!!! ....... But of course they will. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 16

5:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

" traffic management continues to be monitored to ensure the system efficiently manages traffic flow."
No it doesn't, it's designed to cause congestion. That's what one of their Officers (a Mr. Williams, Matthew R., if I recall) told me in reply to an email I sent them once regarding the traffic lights at the Jubilee Clock. They're Not poorly designed apparently, it's designed to cause congestion along the Esplanade to "combat" drivers who insist on driving into town. That's what they said. Their intention wasn't to ease traffic, it was to "combat" drivers.
" traffic management continues to be monitored to ensure the system efficiently manages traffic flow." No it doesn't, it's designed to cause congestion. That's what one of their Officers (a Mr. Williams, Matthew R., if I recall) told me in reply to an email I sent them once regarding the traffic lights at the Jubilee Clock. They're Not poorly designed apparently, it's designed to cause congestion along the Esplanade to "combat" drivers who insist on driving into town. That's what they said. Their intention wasn't to ease traffic, it was to "combat" drivers. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 9

7:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Tinker2 says...

DCC clearly do not have the correct knowledge and expertise required to make the correct decisions. Contrary to the DCC's perceptions, roundabouts actually move traffic through an intersection more quickly, and with less congestion on approaching roads. Roundabouts promote a continuous flow of traffic. Unlike intersections with traffic signals, drivers don’t have to wait for a green light at a roundabout to get through the intersection. Traffic is not required to stop – only yield – so the intersection can handle more traffic in the same amount of time.
Perhaps the DCC like 'U Turns' as much as the Prison Service?
DCC clearly do not have the correct knowledge and expertise required to make the correct decisions. Contrary to the DCC's perceptions, roundabouts actually move traffic through an intersection more quickly, and with less congestion on approaching roads. Roundabouts promote a continuous flow of traffic. Unlike intersections with traffic signals, drivers don’t have to wait for a green light at a roundabout to get through the intersection. Traffic is not required to stop – only yield – so the intersection can handle more traffic in the same amount of time. Perhaps the DCC like 'U Turns' as much as the Prison Service? Tinker2
  • Score: 14

7:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Hahahahahahahahahaha
hahahaha absolultly wetting myself is this the council actually admitting they buggered up again hahahahahaha now time to pay back the weymouth people what you owe them council thieves, I hope the council read all these comments they must feel so ashamed hahahahahaha
Hahahahahahahahahaha hahahaha absolultly wetting myself is this the council actually admitting they buggered up again hahahahahaha now time to pay back the weymouth people what you owe them council thieves, I hope the council read all these comments they must feel so ashamed hahahahahaha Rocket dog3
  • Score: 7

7:51pm Wed 19 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

Another point: "DCC said the transport package had resolved some issues including traffic congestion around Jubilee retail park. It has also decreased the travel time from Weymouth to Dorchester and manages the majority of through traffic around the town."

Do they include the Relief Road as part of the "Transport Package", then? Otherwise I don't see how their "Improvements" could have possibly improved journey times anywhere at all.
Another point: "DCC said the transport package had resolved some issues including traffic congestion around Jubilee retail park. It has also decreased the travel time from Weymouth to Dorchester and manages the majority of through traffic around the town." Do they include the Relief Road as part of the "Transport Package", then? Otherwise I don't see how their "Improvements" could have possibly improved journey times anywhere at all. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 7

8:26pm Wed 19 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
" traffic management continues to be monitored to ensure the system efficiently manages traffic flow."
No it doesn't, it's designed to cause congestion. That's what one of their Officers (a Mr. Williams, Matthew R., if I recall) told me in reply to an email I sent them once regarding the traffic lights at the Jubilee Clock. They're Not poorly designed apparently, it's designed to cause congestion along the Esplanade to "combat" drivers who insist on driving into town. That's what they said. Their intention wasn't to ease traffic, it was to "combat" drivers.
Who voted this thumbs down and why? Someone from Dorset County Council? If you don't approve of what someone says, have the courage to say why.
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: " traffic management continues to be monitored to ensure the system efficiently manages traffic flow." No it doesn't, it's designed to cause congestion. That's what one of their Officers (a Mr. Williams, Matthew R., if I recall) told me in reply to an email I sent them once regarding the traffic lights at the Jubilee Clock. They're Not poorly designed apparently, it's designed to cause congestion along the Esplanade to "combat" drivers who insist on driving into town. That's what they said. Their intention wasn't to ease traffic, it was to "combat" drivers.[/p][/quote]Who voted this thumbs down and why? Someone from Dorset County Council? If you don't approve of what someone says, have the courage to say why. arlbergbahn
  • Score: -10

8:28pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

Olympic legacy?

Yeah the fat greasy contractor and his overpaid public office backhander sunning themselves on the beach, on our dime i expect.
Olympic legacy? Yeah the fat greasy contractor and his overpaid public office backhander sunning themselves on the beach, on our dime i expect. Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: 9

8:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ksmain says...

And now more time and money is being wasted on this.

All the changes will do is move the congestion. Like many other seaside towns - Weymouth ends in a dead end - the sea! And Weymouth's 'traffic problems' are really non-existent compared to some. I worked in Bournemouth at Bournemouth Hospital for nearly 5 years - you should try driving through that conurbation in rush hour morning and evening - makes Weymouth look like a countryside road system. Same goes for Brighton, Bognor Regis (smaller than Weymouth), Worthing (just a fraction larger).

I think some of the complainants of Weymouth's system ought to get out more if they think that it is really much of a problem.
And now more time and money is being wasted on this. All the changes will do is move the congestion. Like many other seaside towns - Weymouth ends in a dead end - the sea! And Weymouth's 'traffic problems' are really non-existent compared to some. I worked in Bournemouth at Bournemouth Hospital for nearly 5 years - you should try driving through that conurbation in rush hour morning and evening - makes Weymouth look like a countryside road system. Same goes for Brighton, Bognor Regis (smaller than Weymouth), Worthing (just a fraction larger). I think some of the complainants of Weymouth's system ought to get out more if they think that it is really much of a problem. ksmain
  • Score: 11

10:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

unexpected error says...

How come the numpties who come up with these road schemes never seem to be around when they go t**ts up. Same as the coast road, after spending a huge amount of money putting cats eyes/white lines in, out, in, out, shake it all about............. they've now decided that white lines are a good idea after all. Please, if road management people make these decisions that affect people everyday then at least have the balls to stand up and say I've cocked up when they invariably go wrong. Or how about giving up their salary to make up for the waste of tax-payers money.

Weymouth's roundabouts only needed traffic light control at busy times to keep the traffic moving not a ridiculous system where at many times a day you get one or two cars waiting at every light.
How come the numpties who come up with these road schemes never seem to be around when they go t**ts up. Same as the coast road, after spending a huge amount of money putting cats eyes/white lines in, out, in, out, shake it all about............. they've now decided that white lines are a good idea after all. Please, if road management people make these decisions that affect people everyday then at least have the balls to stand up and say I've cocked up when they invariably go wrong. Or how about giving up their salary to make up for the waste of tax-payers money. Weymouth's roundabouts only needed traffic light control at busy times to keep the traffic moving not a ridiculous system where at many times a day you get one or two cars waiting at every light. unexpected error
  • Score: 9

7:19am Thu 20 Mar 14

ThomasFairfax says...

We await the "announcement is expected soon from Dorset County Council" with bated breath.
The idea that this council cannot make yet another wrong decision, is proof of the old saying about the triumph of hope over experience.
We await the "announcement is expected soon from Dorset County Council" with bated breath. The idea that this council cannot make yet another wrong decision, is proof of the old saying about the triumph of hope over experience. ThomasFairfax
  • Score: 4

10:44am Thu 20 Mar 14

RobinofLocksley says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
" traffic management continues to be monitored to ensure the system efficiently manages traffic flow."
No it doesn't, it's designed to cause congestion. That's what one of their Officers (a Mr. Williams, Matthew R., if I recall) told me in reply to an email I sent them once regarding the traffic lights at the Jubilee Clock. They're Not poorly designed apparently, it's designed to cause congestion along the Esplanade to "combat" drivers who insist on driving into town. That's what they said. Their intention wasn't to ease traffic, it was to "combat" drivers.
I think that 'discourage' would have been a more 'Council-speak' word to use. It will take time to have an effect, though, as it seems that a lot of people are slow to catch on that there might be an easier way round. After all, the simple concept of 'merge and turn' still seems to be a problem for some.
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: " traffic management continues to be monitored to ensure the system efficiently manages traffic flow." No it doesn't, it's designed to cause congestion. That's what one of their Officers (a Mr. Williams, Matthew R., if I recall) told me in reply to an email I sent them once regarding the traffic lights at the Jubilee Clock. They're Not poorly designed apparently, it's designed to cause congestion along the Esplanade to "combat" drivers who insist on driving into town. That's what they said. Their intention wasn't to ease traffic, it was to "combat" drivers.[/p][/quote]I think that 'discourage' would have been a more 'Council-speak' word to use. It will take time to have an effect, though, as it seems that a lot of people are slow to catch on that there might be an easier way round. After all, the simple concept of 'merge and turn' still seems to be a problem for some. RobinofLocksley
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Weston7 says...

Reduced travel time between Weymouth and Dorchester is nothing to do with the Town Centre package. Most travel times within Weymouth have increased due to the signals.
Reduced travel time between Weymouth and Dorchester is nothing to do with the Town Centre package. Most travel times within Weymouth have increased due to the signals. Weston7
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Thu 20 Mar 14

martaaay2 says...

Only concern with putting roundabouts back is during busy/rush hour periods idiot lemming drivers just block them meaning other entrances to the roundabout cannot flow when they could otherwise.

Does anyone not remember what the swannery and asda roundabouts were like when traffic was busy?

It should perhaps be taken into consideration how this is stopped if they are put back in, maybe a giant catapult that can throw them out of the way
Only concern with putting roundabouts back is during busy/rush hour periods idiot lemming drivers just block them meaning other entrances to the roundabout cannot flow when they could otherwise. Does anyone not remember what the swannery and asda roundabouts were like when traffic was busy? It should perhaps be taken into consideration how this is stopped if they are put back in, maybe a giant catapult that can throw them out of the way martaaay2
  • Score: 4

6:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

wurzelbasher says...

They could try installing a few roundabouts. That might help the traffic flow......!!
They could try installing a few roundabouts. That might help the traffic flow......!! wurzelbasher
  • Score: 1

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