Short-cut motorists putting lives at risk on Portland

DANGEROUS: Warning about traffic turning left out of Spring Gardens at Portland

Cllr Glenn Chadwick

First published in News by

MOTORISTS on Portland are continuing to take an illegal short-cut that could risk lives.

Drivers have been urged to stop travelling the wrong way down a one-way street in Fortuneswell.

The Echo reported last year how motorists were taking an illegal left turn at the junction of Spring Gardens and Fortuneswell to cut up through Ventnor Road towards the Verne Prison.

A number of complaints were made at the time to Dorset Police from residents, local businesses and the local school crossing patrol officer.

Despite a warning from Dorset Police, drivers have still been spotted travelling the wrong way.

Glenn Chadwick, who represents Tophill West for Portland Town Council, said appropriate action would be taken if the matter was raised to the council officially.

He said: “As Portland Town Council, we will certainly look into it and deal with the relevant bodies.”

Cllr Chadwick, who lives in Fortuneswell, said they were aware of the issue.

He said: “I’m not quite sure how we can change it. It’s done a lot. I know it’s an issue during school time.”

Cllr Chadwick said it was difficult to think of a way of resolving the issue.

He added: “We can’t reduce the width of that road anymore because of the level of traffic that comes up and the size of the traffic.”

Resident Tracy McCarthy, who lives in Fortuneswell, said drivers were continuing to ignore the law.

Speaking to the Echo, she said: “They are also coming up from Spring Gardens and reversing down to the Co-op in the middle of the road. That’s during the day as well. When the lollipop lady was stood there, the cars used to drive around her on the pavement.”

Drivers who choose to take the route could receive a £30 fine for contravening a local traffic order. Tracy said she’d like to see this sanction implemented more.

She said: “Some of the cars are going up there three or four times a day. I don’t think they’d do it again if they get fined every time they did it.

“The drivers don’t care. If the kids are there or not, on the pavement, they don’t care.”

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6:51am Fri 25 Jul 14

southwellman says...

It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?
It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk? southwellman
  • Score: -6

9:11am Fri 25 Jul 14

Brinboy says...

Simple solution. Let a copper stand there for a day or two at the appropriate time & take a few numbers & prosecute them. The word will get round
Simple solution. Let a copper stand there for a day or two at the appropriate time & take a few numbers & prosecute them. The word will get round Brinboy
  • Score: 12

9:13am Fri 25 Jul 14

Naturalised southerner says...

Well said southwellman, I like you can not believe that Cross Road is now an accepted route.
Well said southwellman, I like you can not believe that Cross Road is now an accepted route. Naturalised southerner
  • Score: -3

9:55am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bollard says...

southwellman wrote:
It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?
No one is breaking the law by using Cross Road, that's the difference.
[quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?[/p][/quote]No one is breaking the law by using Cross Road, that's the difference. Bollard
  • Score: 20

10:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bollard says...

A short link road from Verne Common to East Street would help with a lot of the traffic issues in this area.
A short link road from Verne Common to East Street would help with a lot of the traffic issues in this area. Bollard
  • Score: -2

10:37am Fri 25 Jul 14

17th Earl of Fortuneswell says...

Brinboy wrote:
Simple solution. Let a copper stand there for a day or two at the appropriate time & take a few numbers & prosecute them. The word will get round
Yep that is one solution, another could be to contact the employer of the kebab take-away driver who uses that route many many times every day (she also has a seat belt aversion so they would double their money if any rozzer would be so inclined to wait there).
[quote][p][bold]Brinboy[/bold] wrote: Simple solution. Let a copper stand there for a day or two at the appropriate time & take a few numbers & prosecute them. The word will get round[/p][/quote]Yep that is one solution, another could be to contact the employer of the kebab take-away driver who uses that route many many times every day (she also has a seat belt aversion so they would double their money if any rozzer would be so inclined to wait there). 17th Earl of Fortuneswell
  • Score: 8

10:50am Fri 25 Jul 14

southwellman says...

Bollard wrote:
southwellman wrote:
It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?
No one is breaking the law by using Cross Road, that's the difference.
The big point here is while it is breaking the law has there ever been an accident as traffic there moves slowly at the best of times, while at Cross road cars go speeding there yet a big story is made of this and nothing said about the potential incidents outside a school.
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?[/p][/quote]No one is breaking the law by using Cross Road, that's the difference.[/p][/quote]The big point here is while it is breaking the law has there ever been an accident as traffic there moves slowly at the best of times, while at Cross road cars go speeding there yet a big story is made of this and nothing said about the potential incidents outside a school. southwellman
  • Score: -3

11:30am Fri 25 Jul 14

shy talk says...

southwellman wrote:
It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?
“So cars speed along past a school at all times of the day” You mean Cross Road in fact I have never seen any traffic speeding along this road, most drive slowly. Dorset Highways have been carrying out a traffic census for the last few months, so it seems they are aware of peoples concerns. However avoid the area like the plague during the school run.
[quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?[/p][/quote]“So cars speed along past a school at all times of the day” You mean Cross Road in fact I have never seen any traffic speeding along this road, most drive slowly. Dorset Highways have been carrying out a traffic census for the last few months, so it seems they are aware of peoples concerns. However avoid the area like the plague during the school run. shy talk
  • Score: 9

11:47am Fri 25 Jul 14

quiddle says...

Yeah, I found my way up Fortuneswell blocked by a white taxi, recently, doing just that. As a supposedly 'professional' driver I thought he should have know better. Quite unnerving to have someone coming at you, the wrong way, up a one-way street !
Yeah, I found my way up Fortuneswell blocked by a white taxi, recently, doing just that. As a supposedly 'professional' driver I thought he should have know better. Quite unnerving to have someone coming at you, the wrong way, up a one-way street ! quiddle
  • Score: 7

12:47pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Get a grip says...

I have been reading my Highway Code recently and I can not find the reference to taxi drivers being allowed to exceed the speed limits, especially when going to pick up.

It always worries me that they take all day to read the Sun paper.
I have been reading my Highway Code recently and I can not find the reference to taxi drivers being allowed to exceed the speed limits, especially when going to pick up. It always worries me that they take all day to read the Sun paper. Get a grip
  • Score: 2

2:34pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

southwellman wrote:
It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?
Not too mention the continuous stream of drivers round hope square with pedestrians thinking its a pedestrian zone.
If someone doesn't get killed by the pelican crossing by the hospital it will be some kind of miracle. Its a totally blind corner and cars often won't even bother stopping if your half way across.
The bit of road mentioned in this article has a clear line of sight to oncoming traffic and its in no way driving contraflow. more like tangential for about half a second.
Come on lets sort out some real problems for crying out loud...
[quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?[/p][/quote]Not too mention the continuous stream of drivers round hope square with pedestrians thinking its a pedestrian zone. If someone doesn't get killed by the pelican crossing by the hospital it will be some kind of miracle. Its a totally blind corner and cars often won't even bother stopping if your half way across. The bit of road mentioned in this article has a clear line of sight to oncoming traffic and its in no way driving contraflow. more like tangential for about half a second. Come on lets sort out some real problems for crying out loud... Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: -1

2:37pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

shy talk wrote:
southwellman wrote:
It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?
“So cars speed along past a school at all times of the day” You mean Cross Road in fact I have never seen any traffic speeding along this road, most drive slowly. Dorset Highways have been carrying out a traffic census for the last few months, so it seems they are aware of peoples concerns. However avoid the area like the plague during the school run.
You need to get your eyes tested. I could stand there for five minutes and count half a dozen cars doing at least, *at least* forty. Why the Police don't go there and nick ten or so drivers every morning is totally beyond me.
I certainly wouldn't endorse any child of mine cycling to school there. Its just asking for an accident.
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: It is strange this has been brought up when WPBC put a rat run off Buxton road right past a school. If you continue along Buxton road towards Rodwell the so called smart lights there take a lot longer than the other roads.. so cars speed along past a school at all times of the day.. Now where is the bigger risk?[/p][/quote]“So cars speed along past a school at all times of the day” You mean Cross Road in fact I have never seen any traffic speeding along this road, most drive slowly. Dorset Highways have been carrying out a traffic census for the last few months, so it seems they are aware of peoples concerns. However avoid the area like the plague during the school run.[/p][/quote]You need to get your eyes tested. I could stand there for five minutes and count half a dozen cars doing at least, *at least* forty. Why the Police don't go there and nick ten or so drivers every morning is totally beyond me. I certainly wouldn't endorse any child of mine cycling to school there. Its just asking for an accident. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: -3

3:11pm Fri 25 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

Parkstreetshufle says... If someone doesn't get killed by the pelican crossing by the hospital it will be some kind of miracle.
I have never ever heard of anyone being killed by a pelican crossing - are they now armed with weapons?
If you meant 'at the pelican crossing' I could understand but to which hospital are you referring. I don't remember seeing any pelican crossings near the main Weymouth hospital
Parkstreetshufle says... If someone doesn't get killed by the pelican crossing by the hospital it will be some kind of miracle. I have never ever heard of anyone being killed by a pelican crossing - are they now armed with weapons? If you meant 'at the pelican crossing' I could understand but to which hospital are you referring. I don't remember seeing any pelican crossings near the main Weymouth hospital caapprentice
  • Score: -1

5:46pm Fri 25 Jul 14

koeterwaals says...

caapprentice wrote:
Parkstreetshufle says... If someone doesn't get killed by the pelican crossing by the hospital it will be some kind of miracle.
I have never ever heard of anyone being killed by a pelican crossing - are they now armed with weapons?
If you meant 'at the pelican crossing' I could understand but to which hospital are you referring. I don't remember seeing any pelican crossings near the main Weymouth hospital
There are three pelican crossings near to Weymouth hospital by the Dorchester road/ Westerhall road/ Melcombe avenue junction.
[quote][p][bold]caapprentice[/bold] wrote: Parkstreetshufle says... If someone doesn't get killed by the pelican crossing by the hospital it will be some kind of miracle. I have never ever heard of anyone being killed by a pelican crossing - are they now armed with weapons? If you meant 'at the pelican crossing' I could understand but to which hospital are you referring. I don't remember seeing any pelican crossings near the main Weymouth hospital[/p][/quote]There are three pelican crossings near to Weymouth hospital by the Dorchester road/ Westerhall road/ Melcombe avenue junction. koeterwaals
  • Score: 4

6:26pm Fri 25 Jul 14

1Kimberlin says...

Brinboy wrote:
Simple solution. Let a copper stand there for a day or two at the appropriate time & take a few numbers & prosecute them. The word will get round
Roflmao Really they're some of the worse culprits.
I wonder how many times in the last 40 years this topic has ben in the Echo? Nothing has been done and I doubt anything will be done. A solution is change the layout so you cannot turn right in to either Guernsey St or Spring Gardens from High St.
[quote][p][bold]Brinboy[/bold] wrote: Simple solution. Let a copper stand there for a day or two at the appropriate time & take a few numbers & prosecute them. The word will get round[/p][/quote]Roflmao Really they're some of the worse culprits. I wonder how many times in the last 40 years this topic has ben in the Echo? Nothing has been done and I doubt anything will be done. A solution is change the layout so you cannot turn right in to either Guernsey St or Spring Gardens from High St. 1Kimberlin
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Fri 25 Jul 14

caapprentice says...

koeterwaals
According to wiki - A Pelican crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing featuring a pair of poles each with a standard set of traffic lights facing oncoming traffic, a push button and two illuminated, coloured pictograms facing the pedestrian from across the road - a red, stationary person to indicate that it is not safe to cross, and a green, walking person to indicate that it is safe to do so.
The crossings that you refer to have no traffic lights, etc.
koeterwaals According to wiki - A Pelican crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing featuring a pair of poles each with a standard set of traffic lights facing oncoming traffic, a push button and two illuminated, coloured pictograms facing the pedestrian from across the road - a red, stationary person to indicate that it is not safe to cross, and a green, walking person to indicate that it is safe to do so. The crossings that you refer to have no traffic lights, etc. caapprentice
  • Score: -8

8:09pm Fri 25 Jul 14

John New says...

Have lived close to the junction since 1986. Not a new issue has always gone on.

As someone above said after a short period of time with a policeman booking people it stops. After the word goes round that the PC has gone away the offending resumes.
Have lived close to the junction since 1986. Not a new issue has always gone on. As someone above said after a short period of time with a policeman booking people it stops. After the word goes round that the PC has gone away the offending resumes. John New
  • Score: 3

9:37pm Fri 25 Jul 14

custos says...

Drivers have been using this 'short-cut' ever since the one way system was put in place. When I used to live on Portland and work in Fortuneswell most locals just carried on doing what they had always done including the local Police! (yes in those days we actually had local Police). To my knowledge it has never caused an accident either before or after the one-way system was introduced.
Drivers have been using this 'short-cut' ever since the one way system was put in place. When I used to live on Portland and work in Fortuneswell most locals just carried on doing what they had always done including the local Police! (yes in those days we actually had local Police). To my knowledge it has never caused an accident either before or after the one-way system was introduced. custos
  • Score: -2

2:33pm Sat 26 Jul 14

portlandboy says...

custos wrote:
Drivers have been using this 'short-cut' ever since the one way system was put in place. When I used to live on Portland and work in Fortuneswell most locals just carried on doing what they had always done including the local Police! (yes in those days we actually had local Police). To my knowledge it has never caused an accident either before or after the one-way system was introduced.
Yes, anyone using this as a short cut to get to Ventnor Road is breaking the law and yes, it should not happen. But to say the action is putting lives at risk is rather overstating the situation.
[quote][p][bold]custos[/bold] wrote: Drivers have been using this 'short-cut' ever since the one way system was put in place. When I used to live on Portland and work in Fortuneswell most locals just carried on doing what they had always done including the local Police! (yes in those days we actually had local Police). To my knowledge it has never caused an accident either before or after the one-way system was introduced.[/p][/quote]Yes, anyone using this as a short cut to get to Ventnor Road is breaking the law and yes, it should not happen. But to say the action is putting lives at risk is rather overstating the situation. portlandboy
  • Score: 0

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