Weymouth traffic scheme doing its job - but changes will still be made

Weymouth traffic scheme doing its job - but changes will still be made

Weymouth traffic scheme doing its job - but changes will still be made

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A REVIEW of Weymouth’s controversial traffic system says it is working – although changes will be still be made following complaints.

Dorset County Council has carried out a second year review of the Weymouth Transport Package.

Council chiefs says certain objectives have been met including journey time, air quality and pedestrian safety improvements, but a number of amendments will be made to the scheme in response from residents.

Chief executive of Dorset County Council Debbie Ward acknowledged there were clear safety concerns in meetings last year with Park District residents Ken Whatley and Dave Burchill, and she agreed to review the issues.

It was announced in December that the council would act on changes, and work will be done soon on these.

It includes:

  • A yellow hatched box added to the junction of Queen Street and King Street, implemented in the spring
  • Signs revised for drivers to make access to seafront businesses easier to understand – signs will be erected by the start of the summer season
  • An increase in signs for pedestrians from the rail and bus stations to the seafront and bus stops, and to encourage use of the subway – signs will be erected by the start of the summer season
  • Traffic control and signal sequences at the Boot Hill/Asda junction being investigated and due to the closure of the fire station some physical changes in layout may now be possible

The county council will be carrying out a further road safety audit in July after which there may be further improvements.

County councillor Hilary Cox, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We now have two years worth of traffic data based on the original scheme and it seems to be working well in improving journey time reliability, but we appreciate that demands are continually changing.

“After listening to the communities concerned highways engineers will try to include ideas into the next amendments to the scheme where practicable. It is good that people took to time to consider how to improve this scheme.”

The objectives of the scheme which are yet to be achieved are:

  • To improve bus quality by reducing the average age of the bus fleet
  • To improve the bus/rail interchange

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2:43pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Bollard says...

I don't see how the air quality could have improved in the Boot Hill area as there always seems to be traffic queueing down the hill when I come through that way.
I don't see how the air quality could have improved in the Boot Hill area as there always seems to be traffic queueing down the hill when I come through that way. Bollard
  • Score: 9

2:54pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Iianjames says...

No mention to the crossing that's now in place on the relief road which already causes traffic to build up to Wessex roundabout as well as the Abbotsbury Road junction. Perhaps it's no longer a relief road and will soon have the urban clearway status removed so people will be able to park there and watch the birds on the lake
No mention to the crossing that's now in place on the relief road which already causes traffic to build up to Wessex roundabout as well as the Abbotsbury Road junction. Perhaps it's no longer a relief road and will soon have the urban clearway status removed so people will be able to park there and watch the birds on the lake Iianjames
  • Score: 6

3:32pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bollywood says...

It certainly does not work in the Boot Hill area. Why does Wyke Road have more time on the lights than those on Boot Hill. The queues are worse along Buxton Road and the left turns onto Wyke Road and Chickerell Road should be put back as they were. Even In the middle of the night you find yourself waiting for the lights to turn green and not another car insight. Listen to local people they are the ones having to put up with it.
It certainly does not work in the Boot Hill area. Why does Wyke Road have more time on the lights than those on Boot Hill. The queues are worse along Buxton Road and the left turns onto Wyke Road and Chickerell Road should be put back as they were. Even In the middle of the night you find yourself waiting for the lights to turn green and not another car insight. Listen to local people they are the ones having to put up with it. bollywood
  • Score: 23

3:46pm Mon 24 Mar 14

The Fish says...

Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.
Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate. The Fish
  • Score: 3

4:03pm Mon 24 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

Why do whoever's responsible for overseeing these things let the Dorset County Council carry out their own audit of how amazingly successful it's all been? Why doesn't some independent body do it, rather than allowing the liars at the Council report on how successful their own scheme has been? Notice that they don't mention the stupidly designed Jubilee clock traffic lights. Why is that, Council?
Why do whoever's responsible for overseeing these things let the Dorset County Council carry out their own audit of how amazingly successful it's all been? Why doesn't some independent body do it, rather than allowing the liars at the Council report on how successful their own scheme has been? Notice that they don't mention the stupidly designed Jubilee clock traffic lights. Why is that, Council? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 18

5:55pm Mon 24 Mar 14

MrTomSmith says...

So a Hatch Box and a few Signs! All this carry on, for this! What a waste of time and money.
So a Hatch Box and a few Signs! All this carry on, for this! What a waste of time and money. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 9

7:39pm Mon 24 Mar 14

ksmain says...

As well as the signage,etc for pedestrians on Kings Street - why not erect a 5 foot high metal fence barrier at the edge of the pavement all the way from the pedestrian crossings on the seafront to the pedestrian crossing in Kings Street, both sides - to stop those morons crossing the road at the top end of King Street? It will also ensure that they use the subway and the pedestrian crossings.
As well as the signage,etc for pedestrians on Kings Street - why not erect a 5 foot high metal fence barrier at the edge of the pavement all the way from the pedestrian crossings on the seafront to the pedestrian crossing in Kings Street, both sides - to stop those morons crossing the road at the top end of King Street? It will also ensure that they use the subway and the pedestrian crossings. ksmain
  • Score: 10

7:47pm Mon 24 Mar 14

oldbrock says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
So a Hatch Box and a few Signs! All this carry on, for this! What a waste of time and money.
don't forget the "encouragement" to use the subway. I wouldn't use it a night, just asking for trouble, once you are below street level, nobody can see what or who is going down there, NO thanks I'd sooner take my chance above ground
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: So a Hatch Box and a few Signs! All this carry on, for this! What a waste of time and money.[/p][/quote]don't forget the "encouragement" to use the subway. I wouldn't use it a night, just asking for trouble, once you are below street level, nobody can see what or who is going down there, NO thanks I'd sooner take my chance above ground oldbrock
  • Score: 3

8:44pm Mon 24 Mar 14

ksmain says...

oldbrock wrote:
MrTomSmith wrote:
So a Hatch Box and a few Signs! All this carry on, for this! What a waste of time and money.
don't forget the "encouragement" to use the subway. I wouldn't use it a night, just asking for trouble, once you are below street level, nobody can see what or who is going down there, NO thanks I'd sooner take my chance above ground
Well then if that is the case and you don't want to use the subway, so that you don't present a hazard to those vehicles using the road may I suggest that you:

1. Use either pedestrian crossing on the seafront to cross over and back to the Esplanade.
2. Use the crossing that exists near the Somerset. Pub.

Then the rest of us can use the road in safety without running the horrible risk of running you over in your idiot attempt at crossing the road at the top end of King Street (where there is no pedestrian crossing other than to idiots who think that an invisible crossing exists there.)
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: So a Hatch Box and a few Signs! All this carry on, for this! What a waste of time and money.[/p][/quote]don't forget the "encouragement" to use the subway. I wouldn't use it a night, just asking for trouble, once you are below street level, nobody can see what or who is going down there, NO thanks I'd sooner take my chance above ground[/p][/quote]Well then if that is the case and you don't want to use the subway, so that you don't present a hazard to those vehicles using the road may I suggest that you: 1. Use either pedestrian crossing on the seafront to cross over and back to the Esplanade. 2. Use the crossing that exists near the Somerset. Pub. Then the rest of us can use the road in safety without running the horrible risk of running you over in your idiot attempt at crossing the road at the top end of King Street (where there is no pedestrian crossing other than to idiots who think that an invisible crossing exists there.) ksmain
  • Score: 6

5:13am Tue 25 Mar 14

krazikazzi says...

I agree entirely with you now oldbrock as I used to use the subway all the time however, since being mugged on the way home not so long ago
I agree entirely with you now oldbrock as I used to use the subway all the time however, since being mugged on the way home not so long ago krazikazzi
  • Score: 2

9:00am Tue 25 Mar 14

malkie says...

The Fish wrote:
Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.
This route is fine until you encounter the ridiculous junction of Wyke Rd and Portland Rd,which is far too small to employ a mini roundabout, as the vision is so restricted on the approch ,apart from entering from the Boot hill direction.
[quote][p][bold]The Fish[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.[/p][/quote]This route is fine until you encounter the ridiculous junction of Wyke Rd and Portland Rd,which is far too small to employ a mini roundabout, as the vision is so restricted on the approch ,apart from entering from the Boot hill direction. malkie
  • Score: 2

9:21am Tue 25 Mar 14

MrTomSmith says...

I wonder how much this has cost so far? Wasting MY money, I am not impressed. Not impressed at all.
I wonder how much this has cost so far? Wasting MY money, I am not impressed. Not impressed at all. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

illuvator says...

The Fish wrote:
Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.
I take it then that this is not an assumption but a careful prognosis with you standing by fords corner roundabout , and at Preston,clipboard in hand counting the number of cars which are obviously clearly marked as coming from the island .
[quote][p][bold]The Fish[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.[/p][/quote]I take it then that this is not an assumption but a careful prognosis with you standing by fords corner roundabout , and at Preston,clipboard in hand counting the number of cars which are obviously clearly marked as coming from the island . illuvator
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Tue 25 Mar 14

illuvator says...

illuvator wrote:
The Fish wrote:
Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.
I take it then that this is not an assumption but a careful prognosis with you standing by fords corner roundabout , and at Preston,clipboard in hand counting the number of cars which are obviously clearly marked as coming from the island .
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]illuvator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Fish[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.[/p][/quote]I take it then that this is not an assumption but a careful prognosis with you standing by fords corner roundabout , and at Preston,clipboard in hand counting the number of cars which are obviously clearly marked as coming from the island .[/p][/quote]Idiot illuvator
  • Score: -3

5:02pm Tue 25 Mar 14

illuvator says...

illuvator wrote:
illuvator wrote:
The Fish wrote:
Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.
I take it then that this is not an assumption but a careful prognosis with you standing by fords corner roundabout , and at Preston,clipboard in hand counting the number of cars which are obviously clearly marked as coming from the island .
Idiot
There are far more travelling to Weymouth to work than to Dorchester so cars heading to boot hill in my opinion probably work in Weymouth and the ones coming back from Weymouth to boot hill probably are the ones who work in wemouth.
are you saying then that they must travel in the opposite direction so as to get home ???
Traffic lights were waste of time full stop,bring back the rounder bouts i say!.
T
[quote][p][bold]illuvator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]illuvator[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Fish[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if the people who come from Portland/Wyke read the sign at Foords Corner and follow the instructions for getting to Dorchester a lot less cars would use Boot Hill - similarly for those coming from Dorchester and wanting to get to Wyke/Portland should follow the sign at Chafeys Roundabout. In both cases the signage indicates going around Weymouth via the link road around the Granby Industrial estate.[/p][/quote]I take it then that this is not an assumption but a careful prognosis with you standing by fords corner roundabout , and at Preston,clipboard in hand counting the number of cars which are obviously clearly marked as coming from the island .[/p][/quote]Idiot[/p][/quote]There are far more travelling to Weymouth to work than to Dorchester so cars heading to boot hill in my opinion probably work in Weymouth and the ones coming back from Weymouth to boot hill probably are the ones who work in wemouth. are you saying then that they must travel in the opposite direction so as to get home ??? Traffic lights were waste of time full stop,bring back the rounder bouts i say!. T illuvator
  • Score: 5

5:13pm Tue 25 Mar 14

1Kimberlin says...

In other words we've cocked up,we'll put it right but we won't admit it.....pathetic
In other words we've cocked up,we'll put it right but we won't admit it.....pathetic 1Kimberlin
  • Score: 3

10:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

WeymouthLass says...

Iianjames wrote:
No mention to the crossing that's now in place on the relief road which already causes traffic to build up to Wessex roundabout as well as the Abbotsbury Road junction. Perhaps it's no longer a relief road and will soon have the urban clearway status removed so people will be able to park there and watch the birds on the lake
And there are plans to reduce the speed limit on the relief road !
[quote][p][bold]Iianjames[/bold] wrote: No mention to the crossing that's now in place on the relief road which already causes traffic to build up to Wessex roundabout as well as the Abbotsbury Road junction. Perhaps it's no longer a relief road and will soon have the urban clearway status removed so people will be able to park there and watch the birds on the lake[/p][/quote]And there are plans to reduce the speed limit on the relief road ! WeymouthLass
  • Score: -1

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