UPDATE: Traffic signals at Canford Bottom back in action after light failure causes delays

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THERE were delays on the A31 at Canford Bottom this morning due to a traffic failure. 

Drivers were urged to approach the junction with care with traffic building up in both directions approaching.

All sets of lights were out of action for nearly two hours. 

Earlier today a Highways Agency spokesman said: “There is currently a power failure at this junction. Maintenance contractors and an electronics specialist are onsite investigating the problem.  A contingency plan has been put into place which involves closing the middle section of the junction and reverting it back to a standard roundabout until the situation is resolved.”

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9:58am Fri 22 Aug 14

terra firma says...

What's the betting the traffic flows better without them?
What's the betting the traffic flows better without them? terra firma
  • Score: 13

10:21am Fri 22 Aug 14

Pablo23 says...

terra firma wrote:
What's the betting the traffic flows better without them?
Actually, I think this is one of the few junctions that is almost impossible to use without traffic lights.
You have to have your wits about you even when the lights are working.
[quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: What's the betting the traffic flows better without them?[/p][/quote]Actually, I think this is one of the few junctions that is almost impossible to use without traffic lights. You have to have your wits about you even when the lights are working. Pablo23
  • Score: 8

10:27am Fri 22 Aug 14

alasdair1967 says...

Not the best day for a failure being the bank holiday weekend
Not the best day for a failure being the bank holiday weekend alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

10:47am Fri 22 Aug 14

terra firma says...

Pablo23 wrote:
terra firma wrote:
What's the betting the traffic flows better without them?
Actually, I think this is one of the few junctions that is almost impossible to use without traffic lights.
You have to have your wits about you even when the lights are working.
I know only too well as a daily user. My comment was meant to be tongue in cheek! With the old roundabout and no through pass it would have been simple.
In the month after the grand opening chaos ensued when the A31 on towards Ferndown / Ringwood was closed at the 'roundabout' meaning all through traffic had to divert off through Ferndown, 2 or 3 at a time, because that was all the lights allowed. Whether the lights are on or off, the whole set up is a disaster, and as you say an accident waiting to happen, even to those familiar with its failings.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: What's the betting the traffic flows better without them?[/p][/quote]Actually, I think this is one of the few junctions that is almost impossible to use without traffic lights. You have to have your wits about you even when the lights are working.[/p][/quote]I know only too well as a daily user. My comment was meant to be tongue in cheek! With the old roundabout and no through pass it would have been simple. In the month after the grand opening chaos ensued when the A31 on towards Ferndown / Ringwood was closed at the 'roundabout' meaning all through traffic had to divert off through Ferndown, 2 or 3 at a time, because that was all the lights allowed. Whether the lights are on or off, the whole set up is a disaster, and as you say an accident waiting to happen, even to those familiar with its failings. terra firma
  • Score: 4

10:51am Fri 22 Aug 14

Pablo23 says...

terra firma wrote:
Pablo23 wrote:
terra firma wrote:
What's the betting the traffic flows better without them?
Actually, I think this is one of the few junctions that is almost impossible to use without traffic lights.
You have to have your wits about you even when the lights are working.
I know only too well as a daily user. My comment was meant to be tongue in cheek! With the old roundabout and no through pass it would have been simple.
In the month after the grand opening chaos ensued when the A31 on towards Ferndown / Ringwood was closed at the 'roundabout' meaning all through traffic had to divert off through Ferndown, 2 or 3 at a time, because that was all the lights allowed. Whether the lights are on or off, the whole set up is a disaster, and as you say an accident waiting to happen, even to those familiar with its failings.
Sorry, I've not seen ironic comments on here before.
:-)
I think there already have been a few prangs haven't there.
[quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: What's the betting the traffic flows better without them?[/p][/quote]Actually, I think this is one of the few junctions that is almost impossible to use without traffic lights. You have to have your wits about you even when the lights are working.[/p][/quote]I know only too well as a daily user. My comment was meant to be tongue in cheek! With the old roundabout and no through pass it would have been simple. In the month after the grand opening chaos ensued when the A31 on towards Ferndown / Ringwood was closed at the 'roundabout' meaning all through traffic had to divert off through Ferndown, 2 or 3 at a time, because that was all the lights allowed. Whether the lights are on or off, the whole set up is a disaster, and as you say an accident waiting to happen, even to those familiar with its failings.[/p][/quote]Sorry, I've not seen ironic comments on here before. :-) I think there already have been a few prangs haven't there. Pablo23
  • Score: 5

11:30am Fri 22 Aug 14

terra firma says...

To summarise then -
Chaos when its open.
No plan B for when the lights fail or one of those all too frequent accidents occur.
To summarise then - Chaos when its open. No plan B for when the lights fail or one of those all too frequent accidents occur. terra firma
  • Score: 6

11:32am Fri 22 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

If it's a traffic light failure, why does the current image used for this article display a car crash?
If it's a traffic light failure, why does the current image used for this article display a car crash? speedy231278
  • Score: 8

11:33am Fri 22 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

terra firma wrote:
To summarise then -
Chaos when its open.
No plan B for when the lights fail or one of those all too frequent accidents occur.
So, basically chaos when it is 'working', and chaos when not.

Is it a wonder a lot of people simply avoid the bloody thing and go a different route whenever possible?
[quote][p][bold]terra firma[/bold] wrote: To summarise then - Chaos when its open. No plan B for when the lights fail or one of those all too frequent accidents occur.[/p][/quote]So, basically chaos when it is 'working', and chaos when not. Is it a wonder a lot of people simply avoid the bloody thing and go a different route whenever possible? speedy231278
  • Score: 9

2:58pm Fri 22 Aug 14

justanoldie says...

The six intersection traffic flow system works extremely well, I use it a number of times each day. It's only downside is having to absorb the often full Wimborne bypass. The cost though was a scandal. Initial quoted cost of £5 million ballooned to £8 million!!
The six intersection traffic flow system works extremely well, I use it a number of times each day. It's only downside is having to absorb the often full Wimborne bypass. The cost though was a scandal. Initial quoted cost of £5 million ballooned to £8 million!! justanoldie
  • Score: 3

5:00pm Fri 22 Aug 14

terra firma says...

justanoldie wrote:
The six intersection traffic flow system works extremely well, I use it a number of times each day. It's only downside is having to absorb the often full Wimborne bypass. The cost though was a scandal. Initial quoted cost of £5 million ballooned to £8 million!!
I'd hazard a guess which says you don't use it to turn right approaching from any direction i.e. more than 180 / straight ahead!

I'm also pleased to report there is a Plan B which worked reasonably well during the chaos this morning - closing the centre 'dual carriageway' and using it as a roundabout again.
[quote][p][bold]justanoldie[/bold] wrote: The six intersection traffic flow system works extremely well, I use it a number of times each day. It's only downside is having to absorb the often full Wimborne bypass. The cost though was a scandal. Initial quoted cost of £5 million ballooned to £8 million!![/p][/quote]I'd hazard a guess which says you don't use it to turn right approaching from any direction i.e. more than 180 / straight ahead! I'm also pleased to report there is a Plan B which worked reasonably well during the chaos this morning - closing the centre 'dual carriageway' and using it as a roundabout again. terra firma
  • Score: 1

5:20pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Well if they'd built a flyover that would have worked efficiently for a long time and without the on going power bill and maintainance contracts for the lights.
Well if they'd built a flyover that would have worked efficiently for a long time and without the on going power bill and maintainance contracts for the lights. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 5

11:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

zabadoo says...

speedy231278 wrote:
If it's a traffic light failure, why does the current image used for this article display a car crash?
Yes, that is a photo of an accident there a few weeks ago. The posts are still wonky waiting for repair.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: If it's a traffic light failure, why does the current image used for this article display a car crash?[/p][/quote]Yes, that is a photo of an accident there a few weeks ago. The posts are still wonky waiting for repair. zabadoo
  • Score: 1

11:58pm Fri 22 Aug 14

typ nowhere says...

Just imagine what it would be like without the Wimborne and Ferndown bypasses.
Just imagine what it would be like without the Wimborne and Ferndown bypasses. typ nowhere
  • Score: 1

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