£230k scheme to make Richmond Hill roundabout more cycle-friendly gets underway (From Bournemouth Echo)
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£230k scheme to make Richmond Hill roundabout more cycle-friendly gets underway
10:23am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
WORK is underway on a controversial scheme aimed at making one of Bournemouth’s busiest junctions more cycle-friendly.
The £230,000 scheme for the Richmond Hill roundabout has attracted criticism from both cyclists and drivers.
Ten weeks of roadworks, which began yesterday, will include installing traffic lights on the roundabout and at the exit from the westbound slip road.
Bournemouth council will also be re-waterproofing the bridge deck and replacing bridge joints.
Orange cones were placed at intervals around much of the roundabout yesterday, although rush hour motorists travelling along the busy junction at around 5.30pm faced only minor hold-ups. However, a queue of cars stretched the length of Richmond Hill as the cones blocked off the lane usually used by vehicles travelling westbound on the Wessex Way.
Bournemouth Borough councillor David Smith said he has often cycled along the route.
“Statistics show there are a reasonably high number of accidents involving the sliproad,” he said.
“We appreciate motorists’ patience during these roadworks, as sometimes schemes like this are necessary for the greater good. Hopefully, when everything is finished, the road will be safer for cyclists, and that is the priority.”
But Mike Chalkley, former chair of the Bournemouth Cycling Forum, has criticised plans to create a cycle lane between two lanes of traffic on the approach from Wimborne Road.
He also said there would be danger when cyclists heading straight down Richmond Hill to the Square came into conflict with vehicles turning left towards the Richmond Gardens multi-storey car park.
The roundabout was one of two sites in the town to benefit from a £40million department for Transport cycle safety fund.
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