Residents and traders get say on £1m road spend

Bournemouth Echo: IN LINE FOR UPGRADE: Ashley Road in Parkstone IN LINE FOR UPGRADE: Ashley Road in Parkstone

TRADERS and residents have had their first chance to say how Poole council should spend £1million on improving Parkstone’s Ashley Road.

The improvements are due as part of a £12million scheme to improve the main route through Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Under the Three Towns Travel Partnership, the area’s three highways authorities have landed government grants towards easing congestion and promoting sustainable transport. A consultation meeting, which ran for more than six hours at Parkstone Baptist Church, saw the public asked to write down their own suggestions for improving the area.

Cllr Xena Dion, Borough of Poole’s cabinet member for transport, told the meeting: “It’s not about us today, it’s about you and your views. The purpose of the event is to get people’s views on what is quite a significant piece of work in Ashley Road right at the beginning. It’s really impossible to produce a scheme that absolutely everybody is happy with but what we want to do is get as good a balance as we can for all road users – pedestrians, cyclists, bus travellers, residents, traders, motorists, everybody that has a right to use the road. It’s the second largest retail area in Poole. It’s a very important area for the economy and it’s identified within our core strategy as needing some improvement to the quality of the public realm.”

Residents were asked to rank a number of issues by priority: congestion, cycling, pedestrian, the “public realm” and buses.

The meeting heard that 20,000 cars a day use the route and there are buses every two minutes. The road has five sets of traffic lights – three at junctions and two at crossings – and 13 bus stops.

The whole area from Pearson Avenue to Albert Road has been identified as an area of concern over traffic pollution. The public was told the government would expect the council to take action on air pollution, 57 per cent of which was caused by traffic fumes.

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12:43pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Net Turner says...

It's about time. That road is a nightmare. To get to one end to the other, takes ages.
It's about time. That road is a nightmare. To get to one end to the other, takes ages. Net Turner

2:38pm Fri 1 Mar 13

live-and-let-live says...

i'm sure the improvements will include parking meters.
i'm sure the improvements will include parking meters. live-and-let-live

2:57pm Fri 1 Mar 13

fallenoff says...

As a cyclist, the surface from sea view to county gates is dangerous.
As a cyclist, the surface from sea view to county gates is dangerous. fallenoff

4:25pm Fri 1 Mar 13

sea poole says...

Cllr Dion stated 'It's not about us today, it's about you and your views...' And dismiss those views like you usually do...?
Cllr Dion stated 'It's not about us today, it's about you and your views...' And dismiss those views like you usually do...? sea poole

4:27pm Fri 1 Mar 13

EGHH says...

"The road has five sets of traffic lights – three at junctions and two at crossings – and 13 bus stops."

There is your answer. Cut the number of traffic lights or sequence them so they allow a good flow of traffic along the road and reduce the number of bus stops.

Who needs so many in one road. Surely people can walk a short distance to a bus stop.
"The road has five sets of traffic lights – three at junctions and two at crossings – and 13 bus stops." There is your answer. Cut the number of traffic lights or sequence them so they allow a good flow of traffic along the road and reduce the number of bus stops. Who needs so many in one road. Surely people can walk a short distance to a bus stop. EGHH

6:28pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Baywolf says...

EGHH wrote:
"The road has five sets of traffic lights – three at junctions and two at crossings – and 13 bus stops."

There is your answer. Cut the number of traffic lights or sequence them so they allow a good flow of traffic along the road and reduce the number of bus stops.

Who needs so many in one road. Surely people can walk a short distance to a bus stop.
Agree totally I sadly have to commute on the bus the road is serviced by M1, M2 and four yellows all following each other in a bid to get passengers. The amount of bus stops along this stretch is as annoying as the number of lights, cyclists cause more congestion as busses can't give enough room to overtake ..cut the number of stops and lights ..better yet make the dam stretch one way!
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: "The road has five sets of traffic lights – three at junctions and two at crossings – and 13 bus stops." There is your answer. Cut the number of traffic lights or sequence them so they allow a good flow of traffic along the road and reduce the number of bus stops. Who needs so many in one road. Surely people can walk a short distance to a bus stop.[/p][/quote]Agree totally I sadly have to commute on the bus the road is serviced by M1, M2 and four yellows all following each other in a bid to get passengers. The amount of bus stops along this stretch is as annoying as the number of lights, cyclists cause more congestion as busses can't give enough room to overtake ..cut the number of stops and lights ..better yet make the dam stretch one way! Baywolf

7:39am Sat 2 Mar 13

BIGTONE says...

How far will 1 million quid go once the creamers have had their slice?

Toy town improvements.
How far will 1 million quid go once the creamers have had their slice? Toy town improvements. BIGTONE

7:00pm Sun 3 Mar 13

xena dion says...

and who exactly would the 'creamers' be?? all money will be spent on the road - there is no creaming off of any public money, its all accounted for to the penny.
Also, sea poole/councillor - because people may not have their views met, or get what they want, does not mean to say they haven't been heeded. One thing, even from these comments, is that not everyone will get what they want, as those wants vary from one person to another so it is just not possible.
and who exactly would the 'creamers' be?? all money will be spent on the road - there is no creaming off of any public money, its all accounted for to the penny. Also, sea poole/councillor - because people may not have their views met, or get what they want, does not mean to say they haven't been heeded. One thing, even from these comments, is that not everyone will get what they want, as those wants vary from one person to another so it is just not possible. xena dion

8:19pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Black Pirate says...

Nice to see consultation before plans are drawn up so well done Poole. Lets hope the lines and signs boys don't get near the plans. The traffic on Ashley Road moves much better when the lights break down so here's a money saving idea turn them off that wont cost anything.
Nice to see consultation before plans are drawn up so well done Poole. Lets hope the lines and signs boys don't get near the plans. The traffic on Ashley Road moves much better when the lights break down so here's a money saving idea turn them off that wont cost anything. Black Pirate

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