Major roadworks in Winton and Boscombe cause severe delays and concerns from traders

Major roadworks in Winton and Boscombe cause severe delays and concerns from traders

DISRUPTION: Roadworks in Winton

SHOPKEEPER: Taner Altun

WERL INFORMED: Sonia Butler, owner of Butler’s Baguettes

First published in News by

MAJOR roadworks in Winton and Boscombe led to severe traffic delays across Bournemouth last week.

Southern Gas Networks has been replacing a gas main at the junction of Wimborne Road and Alma Road for the past two weeks, with work scheduled to conclude next Monday.

Last week was the start of 12 weeks of work on the latest manifestation of the Three Towns Travel Initiative in Boscombe – new cycle lanes at the junction of Christchurch Road and St John’s Road.

Among those affected by both sets of roadworks is shopkeeper Taner Altun, whose journey from his house in Kinson to his business, Crescent Food Hall in Christchurch Road, has increased to at least 45 minutes.

“They have been here a week now and the traffic is really bad, which also means people are avoiding the area,” he said.

“Business was really down at the weekend, and Monday is usually very busy but today it is extremely quiet.”

Ian Kalra, head of transportation services at Bournemouth Council, said the works had been carefully planned to avoid disruption, and called for the public to be patient while “long-term improvements” are made.

However, Mr Altun said he did not believe the promised results – including new pedestrian crossings, resurfacing and improved bus stops – would be worth the disruption.

“I know they said they are improving the area, but it doesn’t look like improvement to me, putting in ten metres of cycle lane,” he said.

“The area won’t change. They took the benches out of the Crescent, now they are putting them back so we will get the drinkers back causing problems.”

In Winton, both Sembcorp Bournemouth Water and Wessex Water have used the opportunity of the gas works to carry out their own works.

Southern Gas Networks spokesman Hannah Adam said: “We appreciate that roadworks can be frustrating, however the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years.”

Sonia Butler, owner of Butler’s Baguettes sandwich shop in Wimborne Road, said: “The traffic has been bad but the work needs to be done, and they have kept us well informed.”

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1:59pm Tue 18 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

There is clearly a big difference in the tales at these two locations.

Firstly In Winton Sembcorp Bournemouth Water and Wessex Water have both worked alongside British Gas to carry out unavoidable maintenance on essential utility services - carried out within a two-week period with those immediately affected evidently being kept well informed. Job done, inconvenience minimised, normality restored and everyone happy.

Then secondly in Boscombe we have twelve weeks (why?) of mostly unwanted and unwelcome disruption caused by a project misleadingly called 'three towns travel' to disguise it's entirely pro-cyclist/pro-publ
ic transport and completely 'anti-motorist' national Government funding background agenda. "I know they said they are improving the area, but it doesn’t look like improvement to me, putting in ten metres of cycle lane,” as quoted from a local Boscombe resident about sums these efforts up.

The 'Three Towns Travel' initiative is popularly proving (even to some cyclists) to be a cycling obsessed disaster, bringing to the areas affected absolutely everything that a 'fashionable' incompetently handled unnecessary Council scheme can do - all at vast public expense and over an inexplicably extended period. None of the conurbation's public who will be affected by these 'TTT' schemes ever asked for them, so why are they being imposed upon us by our so called 'servants'?
There is clearly a big difference in the tales at these two locations. Firstly In Winton Sembcorp Bournemouth Water and Wessex Water have both worked alongside British Gas to carry out unavoidable maintenance on essential utility services - carried out within a two-week period with those immediately affected evidently being kept well informed. Job done, inconvenience minimised, normality restored and everyone happy. Then secondly in Boscombe we have twelve weeks (why?) of mostly unwanted and unwelcome disruption caused by a project misleadingly called 'three towns travel' to disguise it's entirely pro-cyclist/pro-publ ic transport and completely 'anti-motorist' national Government funding background agenda. "I know they said they are improving the area, but it doesn’t look like improvement to me, putting in ten metres of cycle lane,” as quoted from a local Boscombe resident about sums these efforts up. The 'Three Towns Travel' initiative is popularly proving (even to some cyclists) to be a cycling obsessed disaster, bringing to the areas affected absolutely everything that a 'fashionable' incompetently handled unnecessary Council scheme can do - all at vast public expense and over an inexplicably extended period. None of the conurbation's public who will be affected by these 'TTT' schemes ever asked for them, so why are they being imposed upon us by our so called 'servants'? muscliffman
  • Score: 3

6:57pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

It makes a nice change for the utility companies to get together and co-ordinate their roadworks - they usually come along and dig up roads that have just been relaid!
It makes a nice change for the utility companies to get together and co-ordinate their roadworks - they usually come along and dig up roads that have just been relaid! Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 3

9:06am Wed 19 Mar 14

Bournemouth87 says...

moan about the roads, when they come out to get them fixed moan that they are blocking the roads. You cant win. Well done to the winton residents for taking it on the chin and dealing with it properly.
moan about the roads, when they come out to get them fixed moan that they are blocking the roads. You cant win. Well done to the winton residents for taking it on the chin and dealing with it properly. Bournemouth87
  • Score: 1

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