Coast Road campaigners’ delight as white lines return after 6 years

Coast Road campaigners’ delight as white lines return after 6 years

Celebrations on the coast road from residents Les Keatley, Henry Ford and Derrick Roberts

The Coast Road near Swyre

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CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating victory as white lines have finally been reinstated on a notorious stretch of road.

Residents have been lobbying for more than four years to have the lines repainted in the middle of the B3157 coast road between Weymouth and Bridport.

They said the lack of markings added to the danger of the road, which has seen a number of serious accidents in recent years.

The lines and signage were removed after Dorset County Council resurfaced the road.

But following a public outcry it agreed in January to repaint the lines.

They were finally completed yesterday evening.

Sue Parran, landlady of the Bull Inn at Swyre, who has been leading the campaign, said: “We started campaigning in 2008 – it’s taken us that long to get here.

“We’d like to say thank you to MP Oliver Letwin for all his assistance and everybody else who has helped us.

“This has made the road a lot safer for local residents and visitors – I certainly will feel a lot happier on the road now.

“We used to get people coming in saying ‘I don’t like driving on that road.’ “This will definitely have a positive impact on safety.”

She added that the work is not quite over yet as she would like to see warning signs reinstated to warn drivers of blind summits.

Henry Ford, Abbotsbury chairman of Chesil Bank Parish Council, said: “I am very pleased and relieved that we have got the white lines back.

“Residents can now feel safe driving along the route.

“It is necessary to have them there, especially in thick fog.”

Figures considered by members of Dorset County Council’s cabinet showed that since the implementation of the coast road scheme in December 2008 to September last year there had been 73 collisions in which somebody had been injured compared to 66 in the same period before the scheme was introduced.

Of those collisions, four resulted in fatalities and 19 in serious injuries.

Resident Derrick Roberts said: “I work on Portland and in winter it is dangerous without white lines. At least now motorists can see what side of the road they should be on and this will help to avoid accidents.”

District councillor for Bradpole, Ronald Coatsworth, said: “I am absolutely delighted the lines have been reinstated.

“We have spent years struggling against the decision of the officers not to put the markings back.

“It’s been a long, hard struggle.

“Now we have got to get on and develop the road as a tourist route.”

Campaigners were helped in their bid by West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin, who said he was pleased ‘common sense’ had at last prevailed.

They say there is ‘still work to be done’ to install all the signage they feel is necessary.

Barbara James, 80, from Burton Bradstock, said she would now feel safer driving along the coast road after nightfall.

She added: “We have at last achieved what we wanted.”

Reinstating the white lines cost around £10,000.

A council spokesman said: “After resurfacing the road, centre line markings were not replaced at some locations and removed on other sections of the road. The move was part of work to enhance the environment and improve road safety.

“A 50mph speed limit was applied between the villages as a result of local consultation and centre warning lines at junctions and identified hazards also remained. Continuous edge markings and cats’ eyes were also put in place along the route.”

Further work was done in 2012 in response to a road safety audit.

The county council said the work ‘addressed some inconsistency’ in markings and signs along the route.

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5:52am Wed 16 Apr 14

MrTomSmith says...

You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should.

I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make.

Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough.

Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down.
You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should. I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make. Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough. Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 12

6:06am Wed 16 Apr 14

ThomasFairfax says...

They should now replace the 50mph speed limit on that section and reinstate the 60mph limit. I use this stretch of road going into Weymouth regularly, and it is staggering the amount of drivers who ignore the 50mph restriction and speed past at speeds sometime approaching 70 or more. If the "authorities" cant enforce 50mph there is little point in having it. In any case 50mph on that stretch seems a very arbitrary figure for road conditions which clearly do not warrant such a low restriction.
They should now replace the 50mph speed limit on that section and reinstate the 60mph limit. I use this stretch of road going into Weymouth regularly, and it is staggering the amount of drivers who ignore the 50mph restriction and speed past at speeds sometime approaching 70 or more. If the "authorities" cant enforce 50mph there is little point in having it. In any case 50mph on that stretch seems a very arbitrary figure for road conditions which clearly do not warrant such a low restriction. ThomasFairfax
  • Score: 9

7:59am Wed 16 Apr 14

arlbergbahn says...

"The move was part of work to enhance the environment and improve road safety."
have they ever explained their reasoning there, or as it's the Council is that a bit much to ask?
"The move was part of work to enhance the environment and improve road safety." have they ever explained their reasoning there, or as it's the Council is that a bit much to ask? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 5

10:10am Wed 16 Apr 14

ziggystardust says...

If someone needs white lines painted on the road to determine where in the road they are, perhaps it's time to give up driving?
If someone needs white lines painted on the road to determine where in the road they are, perhaps it's time to give up driving? ziggystardust
  • Score: -8

10:39am Wed 16 Apr 14

oldbrock says...

VICTORY for COMMONSENSE, we travel that road 3-4-5 times a year and have always thought that at night especially, it was an accident waiting to happen!! WHY so long, a meeting to claim extra expenses, now THAT would have been almost instant?
VICTORY for COMMONSENSE, we travel that road 3-4-5 times a year and have always thought that at night especially, it was an accident waiting to happen!! WHY so long, a meeting to claim extra expenses, now THAT would have been almost instant? oldbrock
  • Score: 2

10:43am Wed 16 Apr 14

oldbrock says...

ziggystardust wrote:
If someone needs white lines painted on the road to determine where in the road they are, perhaps it's time to give up driving?
what about night driving silly ar---se??? perhaps you drive by sonar???? not a lot o commonsense there pal or perhaps you are one of those with spotlights for lamping???? ANY road with stretches of NO lighting needs the white line
[quote][p][bold]ziggystardust[/bold] wrote: If someone needs white lines painted on the road to determine where in the road they are, perhaps it's time to give up driving?[/p][/quote]what about night driving silly ar---se??? perhaps you drive by sonar???? not a lot o commonsense there pal or perhaps you are one of those with spotlights for lamping???? ANY road with stretches of NO lighting needs the white line oldbrock
  • Score: 3

10:49am Wed 16 Apr 14

Get a grip says...

Good news about the white lines.

Now can they stop people standing in the middle of the road
Good news about the white lines. Now can they stop people standing in the middle of the road Get a grip
  • Score: 4

10:52am Wed 16 Apr 14

banknote says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should.

I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make.

Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough.

Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down.
It all happened under the disaster known as "Andy" Ackerman, who was then Head of Highways at DCC and also responsible for the infamous" Weymouth Transport Package".

Whatever happened to him - certainly not the sack?
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should. I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make. Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough. Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down.[/p][/quote]It all happened under the disaster known as "Andy" Ackerman, who was then Head of Highways at DCC and also responsible for the infamous" Weymouth Transport Package". Whatever happened to him - certainly not the sack? banknote
  • Score: 5

11:59am Wed 16 Apr 14

seconds says...

oldbrock wrote:
ziggystardust wrote:
If someone needs white lines painted on the road to determine where in the road they are, perhaps it's time to give up driving?
what about night driving silly ar---se??? perhaps you drive by sonar???? not a lot o commonsense there pal or perhaps you are one of those with spotlights for lamping???? ANY road with stretches of NO lighting needs the white line
Instead of sonar, how about lights mounted at the font of the vehicle? Hang on a sec, there is such a thing! Its called headlights! This magical invention that allows you to see in the dark and illuminates the road!
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ziggystardust[/bold] wrote: If someone needs white lines painted on the road to determine where in the road they are, perhaps it's time to give up driving?[/p][/quote]what about night driving silly ar---se??? perhaps you drive by sonar???? not a lot o commonsense there pal or perhaps you are one of those with spotlights for lamping???? ANY road with stretches of NO lighting needs the white line[/p][/quote]Instead of sonar, how about lights mounted at the font of the vehicle? Hang on a sec, there is such a thing! Its called headlights! This magical invention that allows you to see in the dark and illuminates the road! seconds
  • Score: 11

12:02pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

banknote wrote:
MrTomSmith wrote:
You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should.

I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make.

Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough.

Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down.
It all happened under the disaster known as "Andy" Ackerman, who was then Head of Highways at DCC and also responsible for the infamous" Weymouth Transport Package".

Whatever happened to him - certainly not the sack?
Whoever was responsible for such stupidity should have been sacked. Well done to the people who campaigned to get them back and bringing some common sense to a council of idiots.
[quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should. I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make. Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough. Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down.[/p][/quote]It all happened under the disaster known as "Andy" Ackerman, who was then Head of Highways at DCC and also responsible for the infamous" Weymouth Transport Package". Whatever happened to him - certainly not the sack?[/p][/quote]Whoever was responsible for such stupidity should have been sacked. Well done to the people who campaigned to get them back and bringing some common sense to a council of idiots. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 2

12:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MrTomSmith says...

This is what they got paid in 2012

Head of Dorset Highways management: £75,695
Head of Dorset Highways operations £75,695

Amazing.
This is what they got paid in 2012 Head of Dorset Highways management: £75,695 Head of Dorset Highways operations £75,695 Amazing. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

satisfecho says...

Great news.

Thankfully at last I have guidance to what side of the road I should be driving on.

It has been a few years since I passed my driving test so it's good to have a reminder of some of the basics I was taught.
Great news. Thankfully at last I have guidance to what side of the road I should be driving on. It has been a few years since I passed my driving test so it's good to have a reminder of some of the basics I was taught. satisfecho
  • Score: -5

3:36pm Wed 16 Apr 14

unexpected error says...

Perhaps they can now put them back through Abbotsbury so you people don't try and take the front end of your car off going round the sharp bend. Also it would deter people parking stupidly as it would be more obvious it's a busy road.
Perhaps they can now put them back through Abbotsbury so you people don't try and take the front end of your car off going round the sharp bend. Also it would deter people parking stupidly as it would be more obvious it's a busy road. unexpected error
  • Score: 6

8:48pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ksmain says...

Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
banknote wrote:
MrTomSmith wrote:
You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should.

I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make.

Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough.

Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down.
It all happened under the disaster known as "Andy" Ackerman, who was then Head of Highways at DCC and also responsible for the infamous" Weymouth Transport Package".

Whatever happened to him - certainly not the sack?
Whoever was responsible for such stupidity should have been sacked. Well done to the people who campaigned to get them back and bringing some common sense to a council of idiots.
Pardon me for playing Devil's Advocate, but the report states that the difference in accidents with the white lines not been there in the last 5 years has been about 1 accident per year.

This would suggest that the main reason for accidents along that stretch remains people's bad driving - eg, speeding, overtaking at unsuitable points in the road (which is basically the whole stretch), tailgaiting, poor road discipline, driving appropriately for the conditions etc etc - that has nothing to do with the whit lines at all.

Of course, those of us drivers with better road discipline and driving techniques will continue to use the road safely at any time of day or night and in any road conditions.

So excuse me if I don't hang out the bunting especially as it appears the white lines appear to make little difference.
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: You see its not all about accidents. When I drive down this road without white lines I don't feel safe, but with the lines I do feel safer. Thats with no change in my driving speed at all. I hope the person or persons who decided that lines should not be painted down this road, are no longer in such a responsible job making decisions that effect all our life's. They don't deserve to be in such an important job. In my opinion they are not fit for the job. They know who they are, problem is, we don't, and we should. I suppose at the end of the day we have to blame the head of the department or the "Members of the Dorset County Council's Cabinet" Who are they? Name them for gods sake. Might make them think about the stupid decisions they are going to make. Not enough accountability on our highway decisions or implementation I am afraid, Not nearly enough. Well done to all those involved for making this road feel safer to drive down.[/p][/quote]It all happened under the disaster known as "Andy" Ackerman, who was then Head of Highways at DCC and also responsible for the infamous" Weymouth Transport Package". Whatever happened to him - certainly not the sack?[/p][/quote]Whoever was responsible for such stupidity should have been sacked. Well done to the people who campaigned to get them back and bringing some common sense to a council of idiots.[/p][/quote]Pardon me for playing Devil's Advocate, but the report states that the difference in accidents with the white lines not been there in the last 5 years has been about 1 accident per year. This would suggest that the main reason for accidents along that stretch remains people's bad driving - eg, speeding, overtaking at unsuitable points in the road (which is basically the whole stretch), tailgaiting, poor road discipline, driving appropriately for the conditions etc etc - that has nothing to do with the whit lines at all. Of course, those of us drivers with better road discipline and driving techniques will continue to use the road safely at any time of day or night and in any road conditions. So excuse me if I don't hang out the bunting especially as it appears the white lines appear to make little difference. ksmain
  • Score: 2

9:38pm Wed 16 Apr 14

cj07589 says...

oldbrock wrote:
VICTORY for COMMONSENSE, we travel that road 3-4-5 times a year and have always thought that at night especially, it was an accident waiting to happen!! WHY so long, a meeting to claim extra expenses, now THAT would have been almost instant?
Agreed, common sense in local government is a rarity these days.
[quote][p][bold]oldbrock[/bold] wrote: VICTORY for COMMONSENSE, we travel that road 3-4-5 times a year and have always thought that at night especially, it was an accident waiting to happen!! WHY so long, a meeting to claim extra expenses, now THAT would have been almost instant?[/p][/quote]Agreed, common sense in local government is a rarity these days. cj07589
  • Score: 1

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