New cycle lanes to raised crossings - extra time to have your say on proposals for Christchurch Road

Bournemouth Echo: Cllr Michael Filer, centre, with members of the Three Towns Travel team Cllr Michael Filer, centre, with members of the Three Towns Travel team

A PUBLIC consultation for the proposed improvements to a Bournemouth road has been extended until Monday, January 13.

Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on measures to change the area of Christchurch Road between Southbourne Road and Exton Road.

The works are part of Three Towns Travel, a programme of transport amendments across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Locals are invited to have their say on a range of measures, including: n New segregated cycle lanes between Southbourne Road and Exton Road which will separate cyclists from vehicles.

* Raised crossing points for pedestrians across side roads.

* A new signal controlled crossing point at the junction of Exton Road.

* Upgraded lighting and bus stops.

* Removal of on street parking between Warnford Road and Exton Road.

Ian Kalra, Bournemouth Borough Council’s head of transportation services, said: “We have extended the consultation period for the Christchurch Road proposals to allow extra time for the festive season, so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to have their say. “ Visit threetownstravel.co.uk

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12:17pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Townee says...

As usual the councils answer to everything is get rid of on street parking and put a cycle lane in there place.
As usual the councils answer to everything is get rid of on street parking and put a cycle lane in there place. Townee

12:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Where are councils getting all this spare cash from to these alterations that the majority don't want, I was under the impression that money was short.
Where are councils getting all this spare cash from to these alterations that the majority don't want, I was under the impression that money was short. Hessenford

1:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Redgolfer says...

What is the point of consultations with the Public, The AUTHORITIES TAKE NO NOTICE and will do what they want to and to hell with what the public want.
Take the so called improvements which will happen on OLD CHRISTCHURCH ROAD next year, have the authorities contacted everyone who lives in flats down by the Horseshoe crescent, have they talked with the disabled or infirmed who will have to walk in all weathers after 10pm every night to access the Horseshoe or to get a Taxi to go home, they did not listen to TAXI TRADE and they say it might be temporary, yes right, by turning Fir Vale Road into a no go area for Taxis it became the 6th most dangerous street in the country, What will happen when this little nasty scheme goes wrong and it WILL, the authorities wring their hands it not our fault, like they do with every other fail scheme, COUNCIL LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW and public you have been WARNED.
What is the point of consultations with the Public, The AUTHORITIES TAKE NO NOTICE and will do what they want to and to hell with what the public want. Take the so called improvements which will happen on OLD CHRISTCHURCH ROAD next year, have the authorities contacted everyone who lives in flats down by the Horseshoe crescent, have they talked with the disabled or infirmed who will have to walk in all weathers after 10pm every night to access the Horseshoe or to get a Taxi to go home, they did not listen to TAXI TRADE and they say it might be temporary, yes right, by turning Fir Vale Road into a no go area for Taxis it became the 6th most dangerous street in the country, What will happen when this little nasty scheme goes wrong and it WILL, the authorities wring their hands it not our fault, like they do with every other fail scheme, COUNCIL LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW and public you have been WARNED. Redgolfer

1:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Council 'Consultation' seems to be the contradictory description of a process that takes virtually no notice of what the usually less engaged majority of people are thinking - it will naturally default to the views of vocal minorities, who themselves have often already influenced the funding being made available. Of course as we are well aware from past form any common sense introduced into these 'consultations' will be discarded at the very first opportunity.

The summary of these latest Council proposals have that same all too familiar and rather tiresome anti-motorist flavour to them. What is typically described here will add to congestion by slowing everybody down, drive a bigger attitude rift between the car driver and the cyclist and badly disadvantage local businesses. Do most of us want countless colourful lanes and more signage on the road, do we want raised pedestrian crossings (Speed humps), do we want less on street parking, do we give a jot about improving already good lighting and quite adequate Bus Stops, do we want even more traffic lights - very probably, NO!

Where please is there a single jot of evidence that any of this expenditure and the subsequent significant inconvenience for most road users will solve any demonstrable and historically established local safety or traffic accident problem?

(Whilst on a detail it is rather amusing to note the recent Council fashion to 'raise' pedestrian crossings across roads at every opportunity, because it follows over a decade of vast Council expenditure spent 'lowering' established kerb sides and pavements to the level of the carriageways at these same crossings - money just sloshing around looking for the latest trendy purpose it appears!)
Council 'Consultation' seems to be the contradictory description of a process that takes virtually no notice of what the usually less engaged majority of people are thinking - it will naturally default to the views of vocal minorities, who themselves have often already influenced the funding being made available. Of course as we are well aware from past form any common sense introduced into these 'consultations' will be discarded at the very first opportunity. The summary of these latest Council proposals have that same all too familiar and rather tiresome anti-motorist flavour to them. What is typically described here will add to congestion by slowing everybody down, drive a bigger attitude rift between the car driver and the cyclist and badly disadvantage local businesses. Do most of us want countless colourful lanes and more signage on the road, do we want raised pedestrian crossings (Speed humps), do we want less on street parking, do we give a jot about improving already good lighting and quite adequate Bus Stops, do we want even more traffic lights - very probably, NO! Where please is there a single jot of evidence that any of this expenditure and the subsequent significant inconvenience for most road users will solve any demonstrable and historically established local safety or traffic accident problem? (Whilst on a detail it is rather amusing to note the recent Council fashion to 'raise' pedestrian crossings across roads at every opportunity, because it follows over a decade of vast Council expenditure spent 'lowering' established kerb sides and pavements to the level of the carriageways at these same crossings - money just sloshing around looking for the latest trendy purpose it appears!) muscliffman

2:23pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Southbourne Mike says...

It seems to beggar belief that this sold called consultation will make a blind bit of differnece. Local traders are mortified by the introduciton of less parking and more cycle lanes. If the council/traffic team want to make some actual good use of this 'magically appeared funding' money then they ought to look at the bizarre bus stops in ludicrously sited dangerous positions and re sight them.
Ashley Road/Christchurch road
Wentworth Avenue/Southbourne Grove
The insane bus stop outide CEF in Holdenhurst road which will one day be the cause of a fatal accident I'm sure.
It seems to beggar belief that this sold called consultation will make a blind bit of differnece. Local traders are mortified by the introduciton of less parking and more cycle lanes. If the council/traffic team want to make some actual good use of this 'magically appeared funding' money then they ought to look at the bizarre bus stops in ludicrously sited dangerous positions and re sight them. Ashley Road/Christchurch road Wentworth Avenue/Southbourne Grove The insane bus stop outide CEF in Holdenhurst road which will one day be the cause of a fatal accident I'm sure. Southbourne Mike

3:31pm Thu 2 Jan 14

madras says...

Be radical - allow more parking and consider cycle routes along the back streets - keep cars and bikes apart where possible, but don't keep 'spanking' the motorist every time...
Be radical - allow more parking and consider cycle routes along the back streets - keep cars and bikes apart where possible, but don't keep 'spanking' the motorist every time... madras

3:49pm Thu 2 Jan 14

djd says...

If you have ever tried to cross on a lowered crossing as opposed to a raised crossing in a wheelchair you will realise the benefits of the raised crossing.
instead of having to plunge into the depths of the road camber you can cross on an even keel without being thrown out of your wheelchair.
Some motorists are opposed to them because they slow the traffic down and of course, they find it difficult to ignore them and park there.
Having extolled the virtues of the raised crossings , I notice that when the Council recently carried out 'road improvements' from Pokesdown Hill down to Hambledon Road, along Christchurch Road they installed lots of cycle racks.
I have yet to see a cycle in any of the racks.
If you have ever tried to cross on a lowered crossing as opposed to a raised crossing in a wheelchair you will realise the benefits of the raised crossing. instead of having to plunge into the depths of the road camber you can cross on an even keel without being thrown out of your wheelchair. Some motorists are opposed to them because they slow the traffic down and of course, they find it difficult to ignore them and park there. Having extolled the virtues of the raised crossings , I notice that when the Council recently carried out 'road improvements' from Pokesdown Hill down to Hambledon Road, along Christchurch Road they installed lots of cycle racks. I have yet to see a cycle in any of the racks. djd

3:54pm Thu 2 Jan 14

djd says...

Southbourne Mike wrote:
It seems to beggar belief that this sold called consultation will make a blind bit of differnece. Local traders are mortified by the introduciton of less parking and more cycle lanes. If the council/traffic team want to make some actual good use of this 'magically appeared funding' money then they ought to look at the bizarre bus stops in ludicrously sited dangerous positions and re sight them.
Ashley Road/Christchurch road
Wentworth Avenue/Southbourne Grove
The insane bus stop outide CEF in Holdenhurst road which will one day be the cause of a fatal accident I'm sure.
Totally agree about the bus stops. They were sited years ago when the buses were 'loaded' from the rear. Those times are now long gone, but the bus stops are still where they were fifty years ago.
What about the ridiculous sited bus stop at Fishermans Walk going towards Boscombe?? I have never seen a worse sited bus stop especially when two or three buses try to use it as the same time and block the junction completely. Even the bus stop markings go around the corner, but we don't have curved buses in Bournemouth
[quote][p][bold]Southbourne Mike[/bold] wrote: It seems to beggar belief that this sold called consultation will make a blind bit of differnece. Local traders are mortified by the introduciton of less parking and more cycle lanes. If the council/traffic team want to make some actual good use of this 'magically appeared funding' money then they ought to look at the bizarre bus stops in ludicrously sited dangerous positions and re sight them. Ashley Road/Christchurch road Wentworth Avenue/Southbourne Grove The insane bus stop outide CEF in Holdenhurst road which will one day be the cause of a fatal accident I'm sure.[/p][/quote]Totally agree about the bus stops. They were sited years ago when the buses were 'loaded' from the rear. Those times are now long gone, but the bus stops are still where they were fifty years ago. What about the ridiculous sited bus stop at Fishermans Walk going towards Boscombe?? I have never seen a worse sited bus stop especially when two or three buses try to use it as the same time and block the junction completely. Even the bus stop markings go around the corner, but we don't have curved buses in Bournemouth djd

6:43pm Thu 2 Jan 14

s-pb2 says...

Townee wrote:
As usual the councils answer to everything is get rid of on street parking and put a cycle lane in there place.
A number of people who park in this area, park there, because of the ridiculous restrictions the council have already placed on other residential roads in the area.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: As usual the councils answer to everything is get rid of on street parking and put a cycle lane in there place.[/p][/quote]A number of people who park in this area, park there, because of the ridiculous restrictions the council have already placed on other residential roads in the area. s-pb2

9:05pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

"....so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to have their say. “ Visit threetownstravel.co.
uk "

There is nothing on that site about it!
"....so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to have their say. “ Visit threetownstravel.co. uk " There is nothing on that site about it! Turtlebay

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