£1m works set to start on Ashley Road to 'improve traffic and air quality'

Bournemouth Echo: Ashley Road, Parkstone, packed with motorists Ashley Road, Parkstone, packed with motorists

WORK is due to start today on a busy and congested Poole road – but some residents would like more.

Ashley Road, Parkstone, is to have £1million spent on it on a phased series of works aimed at getting the traffic moving and improving air quality.

Jeff Williams, of Jubilee Road Residents Association welcomed the improvements but said: “One million pounds is half of what we need.”

The first piece of work will be around the junction with Mansfield Road and will provide new kerb lines, improved cycling facilities, new traffic signals and the removal of the banned left turn into Ashley Road.

Work is also getting under way on Poole Road, with £450,000 of works including an additional bus lane, new bus stop, toucan crossing and upgraded traffic signals.

“I am delighted that these two important schemes are now starting to be delivered and will be of benefit to everyone, whether you walk, cycle, take the car or the bus,” said Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation.

Poole’s slice of the £12.1million Three Towns Travel pot is £3.63m or 30 per cent – with 50 per cent going to Bournemouth and 20 per cent to Christchurch.

With two major schemes soon to get under way, Borough of Poole has already completed some of its improvements.

Worn out traffic lights have been replaced and more efficient pedestrian crossings installed at the Civic Centre and County Gates roundabouts.

There have been improved bus and pedestrian crossings at Seaview, new crossings at the Shah of Persia junction and improvements for motorists, cyclists, bus users and blue badge holders at Poole Railway Station.

And 10 new traffic cameras will be placed in key locations to help monitor and reduce congestion, as well as being used for crime prevention and detection, says the council.

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9:40am Thu 2 Jan 14

thevoiceofreason1 says...

yet again they waste millions on something that will not improve anything for the motorist,your cutting bus services so they hardly need more lanes and from personal experience cyclists seem to prefer the pavement...congratul
ations Poole council.
yet again they waste millions on something that will not improve anything for the motorist,your cutting bus services so they hardly need more lanes and from personal experience cyclists seem to prefer the pavement...congratul ations Poole council. thevoiceofreason1

9:40am Thu 2 Jan 14

thevoiceofreason1 says...

yet again they waste millions on something that will not improve anything for the motorist,your cutting bus services so they hardly need more lanes and from personal experience cyclists seem to prefer the pavement...congratul
ations Poole council.
yet again they waste millions on something that will not improve anything for the motorist,your cutting bus services so they hardly need more lanes and from personal experience cyclists seem to prefer the pavement...congratul ations Poole council. thevoiceofreason1

10:38am Thu 2 Jan 14

Peggy Babcock says...

Something needs to be done to improve the flow of traffic thru the double roundabouts at Branksome, however I bet it's not on the radar.
Something needs to be done to improve the flow of traffic thru the double roundabouts at Branksome, however I bet it's not on the radar. Peggy Babcock

11:19am Thu 2 Jan 14

blackdog1 says...

Oh good.....more cycling improvements!.......
just what we need..(NOT)....how about fixing all the potholes.......and spend some of the money digging up that eyesore of a gravel roundabout at Seaview and put the old one back!
Oh good.....more cycling improvements!....... just what we need..(NOT)....how about fixing all the potholes.......and spend some of the money digging up that eyesore of a gravel roundabout at Seaview and put the old one back! blackdog1

11:37am Thu 2 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

What is needed is less bus stops. If there weren't bus stops literally every 75 yards down the road, then there'd be less snarled up traffic stuck behind an endless procession of buses stopping again before they've reached third gear! Instead, we'll get more unnecessary traffic lights and cycle lanes like that asinine scheme on Richmond Hill, and things will simply be worse!
What is needed is less bus stops. If there weren't bus stops literally every 75 yards down the road, then there'd be less snarled up traffic stuck behind an endless procession of buses stopping again before they've reached third gear! Instead, we'll get more unnecessary traffic lights and cycle lanes like that asinine scheme on Richmond Hill, and things will simply be worse! speedy231278

11:38am Thu 2 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

"10 new traffic cameras will be placed in key locations to help monitor and reduce congestion, as well as being used for crime prevention and detection, says the council."

This is the real reason - more council snooping!
"10 new traffic cameras will be placed in key locations to help monitor and reduce congestion, as well as being used for crime prevention and detection, says the council." This is the real reason - more council snooping! speedy231278

11:55am Thu 2 Jan 14

justme20092009 says...

forget cycle lanes,they dont pay to use the road so why should they have them and traffic cameras more like another way of poole council ripping us off
forget cycle lanes,they dont pay to use the road so why should they have them and traffic cameras more like another way of poole council ripping us off justme20092009

12:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

djd says...

Traffic might flow more freely along Ashley Road but when it reaches Branksome there will be the same old snarl up as there has always been.
Once the traffic queues back into Ashley Road we're back to square one again.
Traffic might flow more freely along Ashley Road but when it reaches Branksome there will be the same old snarl up as there has always been. Once the traffic queues back into Ashley Road we're back to square one again. djd

12:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

matthew bell says...

Peggy Babcock wrote:
Something needs to be done to improve the flow of traffic thru the double roundabouts at Branksome, however I bet it's not on the radar.
I agree!. I also suggested a very quick / very cheap & hassle free solution before the new year at Cllr Dion (the very well paid leader behind this amateur proposal).
It was:
1st - All heavy goods vehicles to be banned during 0730-1800 mon-fri along Ashley Road, punishable by fine through installed cameras, yes more cameras! can be used to fight crime though.
2nd- to force!! through the public media, county council lead, to REDUCE Dorset bus companies like 'Wilts & Dorset' fares at the above times by a 25% min reduction. This method works in Europe! & gives me & my colleagues the incentive to go back to public transprt. This WILL work if those idiots at Poole council did it..( Very simple.Very cheap. Very fair)
[quote][p][bold]Peggy Babcock[/bold] wrote: Something needs to be done to improve the flow of traffic thru the double roundabouts at Branksome, however I bet it's not on the radar.[/p][/quote]I agree!. I also suggested a very quick / very cheap & hassle free solution before the new year at Cllr Dion (the very well paid leader behind this amateur proposal). It was: 1st - All heavy goods vehicles to be banned during 0730-1800 mon-fri along Ashley Road, punishable by fine through installed cameras, yes more cameras! can be used to fight crime though. 2nd- to force!! through the public media, county council lead, to REDUCE Dorset bus companies like 'Wilts & Dorset' fares at the above times by a 25% min reduction. This method works in Europe! & gives me & my colleagues the incentive to go back to public transprt. This WILL work if those idiots at Poole council did it..( Very simple.Very cheap. Very fair) matthew bell

12:29pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Franks Tank says...

justme20092009 wrote:
forget cycle lanes,they dont pay to use the road so why should they have them and traffic cameras more like another way of poole council ripping us off
Roads are paid for out of the council tax.
Your chosen mode of transport does not reduce or increase your council tax.
[quote][p][bold]justme20092009[/bold] wrote: forget cycle lanes,they dont pay to use the road so why should they have them and traffic cameras more like another way of poole council ripping us off[/p][/quote]Roads are paid for out of the council tax. Your chosen mode of transport does not reduce or increase your council tax. Franks Tank

1:03pm Thu 2 Jan 14

itsascoop says...

If they can spare a couple of bags of tarmac filling some pot holes in Herbert Avenue it would make a difference to cyclists and car drivers not having to drive slalom style to avoid falling in the ever increasing number of holes.
If they can spare a couple of bags of tarmac filling some pot holes in Herbert Avenue it would make a difference to cyclists and car drivers not having to drive slalom style to avoid falling in the ever increasing number of holes. itsascoop

1:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

adspacebroker says...

djd wrote:
Traffic might flow more freely along Ashley Road but when it reaches Branksome there will be the same old snarl up as there has always been.
Once the traffic queues back into Ashley Road we're back to square one again.
Absolutely right. Major through routes are not given enough priority to maintain traffic flow. This in turn encourages drivers to look for alternative routes to by pass parts of the through route before rejoining it at another junction. Investment on advanced traffic light systems at Branksome - Poole Road/Bourne Valley Road at on Ashley Road/Churchill Road & Mansfield Road will be a huge improvement. Also an addition to statute where a driver must park a vehicle on the nearside where the road is a two way single carriageway. This will prevent the traffic flow being affected due to people pulling out into facing traffic that they cant even see! Finally I would also stick a traffic warden permanently outside the A-Z Polish Supermarket! Believe it or not it is inconsiderate drivers parking right outside that particular shop that brings that area to a standstill because buses and larger vehicles cannot pass.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Traffic might flow more freely along Ashley Road but when it reaches Branksome there will be the same old snarl up as there has always been. Once the traffic queues back into Ashley Road we're back to square one again.[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. Major through routes are not given enough priority to maintain traffic flow. This in turn encourages drivers to look for alternative routes to by pass parts of the through route before rejoining it at another junction. Investment on advanced traffic light systems at Branksome - Poole Road/Bourne Valley Road at on Ashley Road/Churchill Road & Mansfield Road will be a huge improvement. Also an addition to statute where a driver must park a vehicle on the nearside where the road is a two way single carriageway. This will prevent the traffic flow being affected due to people pulling out into facing traffic that they cant even see! Finally I would also stick a traffic warden permanently outside the A-Z Polish Supermarket! Believe it or not it is inconsiderate drivers parking right outside that particular shop that brings that area to a standstill because buses and larger vehicles cannot pass. adspacebroker

2:19pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Jeff in Parkstone says...

More is needed as in as well as improving traffic flow, impoving crossings and pavements, and reducing pollution, people want to see a more attractive high street - and yes from above B'some is dreadful most morning (school term worst of all) ... probably need a gyratory system around B'mouth Road ....

But for Ashley itself we need : Trees - which are on the agenda, including installation of one spruce fir tree in St John's precinct as a Christmas tree for Christmas.

We need installed floral stands - if these are not budgeted in these improvements then they will never go in. Just compate Westbourne in the summer - or the lights at Christmas.

Many pavements need resurfacing - they are ancient and in a dreadful state. The worst all along the southern parades.

Jubilee Road car-park needs resurfacing - it has been granulating and degrading for two decades. It has been patched up uncountable times.

Council need to do a compulstory puuchase on Mansfield car-park and protect it for parking. Government selling off our water companies - of all our precious utilities - to any foreign owner you like, in this case YTL Power International of Kuala Lumpur, is not a good idea is it ...

It beggars belief - we have governments selling utitilies off to foreign owners then local Cllrs (often of same parties) ringing their hands when said foreign owners have not a grain of interest in local issue - in this case flogging off **our local car park** to make nice profits for their investors wherever in the world ...

And from above Matthew Bell yes heavy goods vehicles are a msssive problem - they are infact recking all the manholes covers along Ashley. They need to reduce size and weight and they will if councils press the issue ...

Jeff Williams
More is needed as in as well as improving traffic flow, impoving crossings and pavements, and reducing pollution, people want to see a more attractive high street - and yes from above B'some is dreadful most morning (school term worst of all) ... probably need a gyratory system around B'mouth Road .... But for Ashley itself we need : Trees - which are on the agenda, including installation of one spruce fir tree in St John's precinct as a Christmas tree for Christmas. We need installed floral stands - if these are not budgeted in these improvements then they will never go in. Just compate Westbourne in the summer - or the lights at Christmas. Many pavements need resurfacing - they are ancient and in a dreadful state. The worst all along the southern parades. Jubilee Road car-park needs resurfacing - it has been granulating and degrading for two decades. It has been patched up uncountable times. Council need to do a compulstory puuchase on Mansfield car-park and protect it for parking. Government selling off our water companies - of all our precious utilities - to any foreign owner you like, in this case YTL Power International of Kuala Lumpur, is not a good idea is it ... It beggars belief - we have governments selling utitilies off to foreign owners then local Cllrs (often of same parties) ringing their hands when said foreign owners have not a grain of interest in local issue - in this case flogging off **our local car park** to make nice profits for their investors wherever in the world ... And from above Matthew Bell yes heavy goods vehicles are a msssive problem - they are infact recking all the manholes covers along Ashley. They need to reduce size and weight and they will if councils press the issue ... Jeff Williams Jeff in Parkstone

2:25pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Jeff in Parkstone says...

Re above - Wessex Water own Mansfield car-park - Wessex is owned by YTL Power International of Kuala Lumpur ... thye want to put housing on the car-park ....

Compulsory purchase is needed but you will be very lucky to find any Cllr who will take that up - compulsory purchase flies entirely in the face of "free markets" - free to dispose assets as you want anywhere in the world ..

JW
Re above - Wessex Water own Mansfield car-park - Wessex is owned by YTL Power International of Kuala Lumpur ... thye want to put housing on the car-park .... Compulsory purchase is needed but you will be very lucky to find any Cllr who will take that up - compulsory purchase flies entirely in the face of "free markets" - free to dispose assets as you want anywhere in the world .. JW Jeff in Parkstone

4:15pm Thu 2 Jan 14

John T says...

Jeff in Parkstone wrote: 'Jubilee Road car-park needs resurfacing'.

Perhaps, Jeff, you could arrange for the travellers to do that when they are there next Summer.
Jeff in Parkstone wrote: 'Jubilee Road car-park needs resurfacing'. Perhaps, Jeff, you could arrange for the travellers to do that when they are there next Summer. John T

9:27pm Thu 2 Jan 14

goingsolo says...

matthew bell, what a ridiculous suggestion - banning HGV's, where on earth do you think they are going to go?? Great, send them all down Bournemouth Road? no wonder people didn't listen to you, good for them. If you saw the plans, you would know they are trying to sort out the whole route between Bournemouth and Poole, including the Branksome roundabout areas. I don't want to use buses thanks, like alot of other people they won't get me anywhere near where i work or live.
matthew bell, what a ridiculous suggestion - banning HGV's, where on earth do you think they are going to go?? Great, send them all down Bournemouth Road? no wonder people didn't listen to you, good for them. If you saw the plans, you would know they are trying to sort out the whole route between Bournemouth and Poole, including the Branksome roundabout areas. I don't want to use buses thanks, like alot of other people they won't get me anywhere near where i work or live. goingsolo

8:05am Fri 3 Jan 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

1 million pounds will do stuff all. Desperate times call for desperate measures...get rid of all the on-road parking and make it 4 lanes wide. And new kerb lines....yes, that's going to reduce congestion haha. The UK is becoming the laughing stock of the infrastructure world.
1 million pounds will do stuff all. Desperate times call for desperate measures...get rid of all the on-road parking and make it 4 lanes wide. And new kerb lines....yes, that's going to reduce congestion haha. The UK is becoming the laughing stock of the infrastructure world. Chris@Bmouth

5:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Yellow more says...

There really needs to be a proper route between poole and bournemouth as ashley road is too congested and a35/bournemouth road and penn hill way is not suitable for fast , reliable transport. It isn't suitable for HGV's and it is slow, built-up and over used. What we need is a dual-carriageway (radical yes) to replace the a35 between poole and bournemouth then connecting to a338/wessex way again. It would be a new road and would not be a extension of the existing a35 but a new road, separated from the residential area. It would carry all traffic with ramps for different roads. To clarify the road would start at Park Gates. Springfield Road could be transformed into a connecting road to stop traffic on ashley road. With more traffic on this road, ashley road can be relieved of heavy congestion and buses could be more on time which would further encourage public transport which would slow down the increasing traffic problems facing the ever-growing population growth.
Also one comment on Wallisdown Road/A3049. If we got rid of the massive pavements on some of the road and turn it in to more lanes that would be a little ease to congestion and not to expensive (but there still needs to be a proper dual-carriageway road to replace it)
There really needs to be a proper route between poole and bournemouth as ashley road is too congested and a35/bournemouth road and penn hill way is not suitable for fast , reliable transport. It isn't suitable for HGV's and it is slow, built-up and over used. What we need is a dual-carriageway (radical yes) to replace the a35 between poole and bournemouth then connecting to a338/wessex way again. It would be a new road and would not be a extension of the existing a35 but a new road, separated from the residential area. It would carry all traffic with ramps for different roads. To clarify the road would start at Park Gates. Springfield Road could be transformed into a connecting road to stop traffic on ashley road. With more traffic on this road, ashley road can be relieved of heavy congestion and buses could be more on time which would further encourage public transport which would slow down the increasing traffic problems facing the ever-growing population growth. Also one comment on Wallisdown Road/A3049. If we got rid of the massive pavements on some of the road and turn it in to more lanes that would be a little ease to congestion and not to expensive (but there still needs to be a proper dual-carriageway road to replace it) Yellow more

9:09pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Black Pirate says...

When will people in Bournemouth and Poole realise that you can't build new roads there isn't space. Plus when you do they just fill up. If you are to improve congestion then you have to improve alternative modes such as cycling, walking and public transport. This will then free up roads for drivers who don't have a choice - it's very simple. has anyone stopped to wonder why cyclists use pavements - they don't feel safe on roads - plenty of national evidence to support this.

My only worry is this will be another halfhearted attempt like Seaview and Civic Centre Gyratory and make it worse for all.
When will people in Bournemouth and Poole realise that you can't build new roads there isn't space. Plus when you do they just fill up. If you are to improve congestion then you have to improve alternative modes such as cycling, walking and public transport. This will then free up roads for drivers who don't have a choice - it's very simple. has anyone stopped to wonder why cyclists use pavements - they don't feel safe on roads - plenty of national evidence to support this. My only worry is this will be another halfhearted attempt like Seaview and Civic Centre Gyratory and make it worse for all. Black Pirate

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