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Closure of Bakers Arms roundabout causing delays on diversion routes
A CONTINUAL stream of vehicles was being driven through Lytchett Minster to the Bakers Arms roundabout only to have to turn round and go back the way they came.
“They have made our car park the new roundabout,” said Bakers Arms pub head chef Zuth Cronin. “It's horrendous”.
Dorset County Council closed the busy roundabout on the A35 at 7pm on Friday for resurfacing and are due to re-open it on Monday morning at 6am.
“Since about 10pm on Friday there has been a fairly steady stream of lorries and cars coming down here and turning round in the car park,” said Zuth, who lives on the premises and had a wakeful Friday night listening to the traffic.
“The signs are good, they do let you know it's closed, and people take no notice,” he said.
A Dorset County Council employee was stationed outside the pub on the B3067, purely to explain the situation to motorists and help bemused drivers with directions to where they wanted to go.
Traffic through Upton was heavier than normal and on Saturday morning slowly moving traffic was queuing from the roundabout at the top of Upton along the A350 to the Beacon Hill traffic lights.
“Unfortunately the road works need to be done as the road wouldn't survive another winter,” said the man from the county council, as lorries, spreaders and rollers continued with the work. “It's short term pain for long term gain.”
While one resident opposite the pub blocked his drive with a car to prevent vehicles turning in it, the situation was causing amusement to others.
However “amused resident” John Loader of nearby Post Green Road said: “There will be an incident before this is over, for sure.”
He said: “There is inadequate signage,” and called for traffic cones to be put in the road before Lytchett Minster was reached, to enforce the closure of the road, which locals could drive round.
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