Congestion 'likely to get worse' in Poole as work on gyratory enters second phase

Road improvements are being carried out at this congestion hotspot in Poole

Councillor Xena Dion has welcomed the work

First published in News by

TOWN centre congestion in Poole is likely to increase in February as work continues on improvements to the gyratory system.

Work estimated to cost £400,000 started in West Street before the end of last year to improve the roads for walkers and cyclists.

The second phase of the programme, involving improvements to the signalised junction by the Queen Mary pub, has now started.

Work will require the removal and replacement of the current traffic lights with low voltage and energy efficient equipment and new controlled pedestrian crossings will be put on each approach to the junction.

A zebra crossing by Levets Lane will also be installed and the work is due to be completed by March 2014.

But, to enable the new signal equipment to be installed, Borough of Poole says it will be necessary for the junction to be controlled by temporary traffic signals for up to a two week period.

And they are warning that during this period there may be some “additional congestion” at peak times as the junction will have reduced capacity.

The temporary traffic signals are likely to remain in place in the area until February.

“During the summer we asked local people to comment on two proposals designed to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety on this busy road,” said Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation.

“I am delighted that we have been able to start these works,” she said.

“We recognise that there will be some disruption to road users during this next phase of works and would like to thank drivers for their patience while these important works are carried out.”

Residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping two lanes of traffic feeding the town’s two lifting bridges and the improvements to the West Street and West Quay Road layout come ahead of a longer-term supplementary plan.

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10:11am Sun 12 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

Great ideas. Looking forward to it.
Great ideas. Looking forward to it. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -3

10:34am Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

How many years of energy saving Will it take to pay for the new equipment and the environmental impact.of having transport machinery men traveling to site shipping the lights from the factory which I guess is in Germany.the lead for the pencils bun sandwiches tea that was served in a smart hotel to very expensive consultants. Way behond the life span of the daft bridge it is meant to serve
How many years of energy saving Will it take to pay for the new equipment and the environmental impact.of having transport machinery men traveling to site shipping the lights from the factory which I guess is in Germany.the lead for the pencils bun sandwiches tea that was served in a smart hotel to very expensive consultants. Way behond the life span of the daft bridge it is meant to serve kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

10:36am Sun 12 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

I am waiting for you FUNGI
I am waiting for you FUNGI nickynoodah
  • Score: -16

10:53am Sun 12 Jan 14

EGHH says...

I do wonder if the number of traffic lights is related to the fact Siemens are a major employer in the town.
I do wonder if the number of traffic lights is related to the fact Siemens are a major employer in the town. EGHH
  • Score: 13

10:56am Sun 12 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

stupid comment
behond daft bridge
only thing daft is you fungi the bridge is iconic
I realise you are depressed and alone
but cheer up for **** sake
and or ****off.
stupid comment behond daft bridge only thing daft is you fungi the bridge is iconic I realise you are depressed and alone but cheer up for **** sake and or ****off. nickynoodah
  • Score: -24

11:04am Sun 12 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

. all these things should have been done when the tin bridge was installed. but its ok because its only our money.
. all these things should have been done when the tin bridge was installed. but its ok because its only our money. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 19

11:06am Sun 12 Jan 14

sea poole says...

Didn't local resident advocate a different approach before the current scheme started...and weren't they ignored...as usual?
So, more monies wasted that could have been more purposefully used if local people's voices were heard. But the council knows better...!
When Cllr Dion is quoted.. .groan!
Didn't local resident advocate a different approach before the current scheme started...and weren't they ignored...as usual? So, more monies wasted that could have been more purposefully used if local people's voices were heard. But the council knows better...! When Cllr Dion is quoted.. .groan! sea poole
  • Score: 22

11:21am Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
stupid comment
behond daft bridge
only thing daft is you fungi the bridge is iconic
I realise you are depressed and alone
but cheer up for **** sake
and or ****off.
Your either a phycolagist ,social worker or a dating agent.but definitely a stalker
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: stupid comment behond daft bridge only thing daft is you fungi the bridge is iconic I realise you are depressed and alone but cheer up for **** sake and or ****off.[/p][/quote]Your either a phycolagist ,social worker or a dating agent.but definitely a stalker kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

11:30am Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
I am waiting for you FUNGI
We all hope your holding breath while you do.you need a hobby
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I am waiting for you FUNGI[/p][/quote]We all hope your holding breath while you do.you need a hobby kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 15

11:32am Sun 12 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

fungi
be nice
be a nice fungi
the bridge is great
if you don't like it
DONT USE IT
PLANK
fungi be nice be a nice fungi the bridge is great if you don't like it DONT USE IT PLANK nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

11:57am Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
fungi
be nice
be a nice fungi
the bridge is great
if you don't like it
DONT USE IT
PLANK
Nicky sweet pea .on the few occasions that I thought I would give it a go.it was closed.but if you love it so do I xx
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: fungi be nice be a nice fungi the bridge is great if you don't like it DONT USE IT PLANK[/p][/quote]Nicky sweet pea .on the few occasions that I thought I would give it a go.it was closed.but if you love it so do I xx kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 5

12:00pm Sun 12 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Here we go again more public expenditure for the idiot sake of it "the removal and replacement of the current traffic lights with low voltage and energy efficient equipment".

I cannot envisage for one second that the cost of discarding what was a perfectly good and not very old set of traffic lights and freshly installing these new trendy 'green' ones will ever in a hundred years of use be recovered by the 'energy efficiencies' - so why on earth do they do it?

Because they can, some fools doubtless think it wins them 'green' votes (wrong!), they cannot and don't have to think anything through and after all it's not their money - it's ours!
Here we go again more public expenditure for the idiot sake of it "the removal and replacement of the current traffic lights with low voltage and energy efficient equipment". I cannot envisage for one second that the cost of discarding what was a perfectly good and not very old set of traffic lights and freshly installing these new trendy 'green' ones will ever in a hundred years of use be recovered by the 'energy efficiencies' - so why on earth do they do it? Because they can, some fools doubtless think it wins them 'green' votes (wrong!), they cannot and don't have to think anything through and after all it's not their money - it's ours! muscliffman
  • Score: 22

12:00pm Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
fungi
be nice
be a nice fungi
the bridge is great
if you don't like it
DONT USE IT
PLANK
Nicky sweet pea .on the few occasions that I thought I would give it a go.it was closed which is not a problem as I fail to it,s purpose but if you love it so do I xx
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: fungi be nice be a nice fungi the bridge is great if you don't like it DONT USE IT PLANK[/p][/quote]Nicky sweet pea .on the few occasions that I thought I would give it a go.it was closed which is not a problem as I fail to it,s purpose but if you love it so do I xx kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Sun 12 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Please stop crying to me its the worst type of crying ever, everyone is fed up with it you know ,
What have you planned for next
wailing on street corners.
think about it
Wailing fungi on the twin sails bridge
give me a break pal.
Please stop crying to me its the worst type of crying ever, everyone is fed up with it you know , What have you planned for next wailing on street corners. think about it Wailing fungi on the twin sails bridge give me a break pal. nickynoodah
  • Score: -15

12:27pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

..improve the roads for walkers and cyclists...

All paid for by the motorists who are inconvenienced to the max!
..improve the roads for walkers and cyclists... All paid for by the motorists who are inconvenienced to the max! Turtlebay
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

Why don't they use our money to improve the pavements for car drivers!
Why don't they use our money to improve the pavements for car drivers! Turtlebay
  • Score: 8

12:31pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Poolesanddune says...

Who ever is responsible for the debacle of this system should be sacked The only work is to turn it into a one way system and remove the traffic lights. trying to manage traffic makes queues longer and ore frustrated. I suggest that the person who designs the traffic systems actually drives different vehicles, walks and cycles around these systems as it is obvious they don't now
Who ever is responsible for the debacle of this system should be sacked The only work is to turn it into a one way system and remove the traffic lights. trying to manage traffic makes queues longer and ore frustrated. I suggest that the person who designs the traffic systems actually drives different vehicles, walks and cycles around these systems as it is obvious they don't now Poolesanddune
  • Score: 13

12:31pm Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Please stop crying to me its the worst type of crying ever, everyone is fed up with it you know ,
What have you planned for next
wailing on street corners.
think about it
Wailing fungi on the twin sails bridge
give me a break pal.
What is your first language?
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Please stop crying to me its the worst type of crying ever, everyone is fed up with it you know , What have you planned for next wailing on street corners. think about it Wailing fungi on the twin sails bridge give me a break pal.[/p][/quote]What is your first language? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 7

1:04pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Benagain says...

The problem is that very few of these decision makers live in Hamworthy. We are the people who have to queue at the Queen Mary, only to have the lights change back to red before we can get there. We didn't want this useless bridge in the first place. Anyway, if they want to save money on traffic lights, then shut off half of those on 'traffic light alley' called Blandford road.
The problem is that very few of these decision makers live in Hamworthy. We are the people who have to queue at the Queen Mary, only to have the lights change back to red before we can get there. We didn't want this useless bridge in the first place. Anyway, if they want to save money on traffic lights, then shut off half of those on 'traffic light alley' called Blandford road. Benagain
  • Score: 17

2:42pm Sun 12 Jan 14

itsallaboutthebike says...

@turtlebay you sir are an idiot
@turtlebay you sir are an idiot itsallaboutthebike
  • Score: 2

3:39pm Sun 12 Jan 14

samsmith says...

Is there such a word as 'signalised'? Perhaps there is, but what's wrong with the term a 'signalled junction'. I know this country aspires to be more American, but little by little please... Can't cope otherwise.
Is there such a word as 'signalised'? Perhaps there is, but what's wrong with the term a 'signalled junction'. I know this country aspires to be more American, but little by little please... Can't cope otherwise. samsmith
  • Score: 10

5:38pm Sun 12 Jan 14

ashleycross says...

I'm sure the council will be delighted to have fended off all efforts by those pesky middle classes and hippies suggesting that there should be bus lanes, cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings in Poole centre. DIgging up the gyratory instead of emptying it of most of the cars by making public transport walking and cycling attractive choices is the way Poole has always done it and always will. They don't call it the Jurassic Coast for nothing.
I'm sure the council will be delighted to have fended off all efforts by those pesky middle classes and hippies suggesting that there should be bus lanes, cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings in Poole centre. DIgging up the gyratory instead of emptying it of most of the cars by making public transport walking and cycling attractive choices is the way Poole has always done it and always will. They don't call it the Jurassic Coast for nothing. ashleycross
  • Score: -3

8:51pm Sun 12 Jan 14

goingsolo says...

Great, we can all blame poole people party for this lot. For us in Hamworthy it was working fine but no, they weren't happy with it, and had to spend thousands of our tax payers' pounds on some special consultant to undo all the good work. Never mind us car drivers, its all about poole people party walking from their houses to the pub in safety!
Great, we can all blame poole people party for this lot. For us in Hamworthy it was working fine but no, they weren't happy with it, and had to spend thousands of our tax payers' pounds on some special consultant to undo all the good work. Never mind us car drivers, its all about poole people party walking from their houses to the pub in safety! goingsolo
  • Score: 2

9:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

samsmith wrote:
Is there such a word as 'signalised'? Perhaps there is, but what's wrong with the term a 'signalled junction'. I know this country aspires to be more American, but little by little please... Can't cope otherwise.
LOL...........I've noticed a lot of "can I get" as in bus ticket, a beer, a whatever......instea
d of the English - can I have please.
[quote][p][bold]samsmith[/bold] wrote: Is there such a word as 'signalised'? Perhaps there is, but what's wrong with the term a 'signalled junction'. I know this country aspires to be more American, but little by little please... Can't cope otherwise.[/p][/quote]LOL...........I've noticed a lot of "can I get" as in bus ticket, a beer, a whatever......instea d of the English - can I have please. O'Reilly
  • Score: 1

10:30pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Dorset Dude says...

A Zebra crossing on a busy one way system? Can't be a good decision drivers now rarely have the patience to stop at a Zebra which some were converted to Puffins years ago like the ones at Alderney roundabout.

But West Quay Road leading up to Asda, is quieter than West Street, has a traffic light controlled crossing by RNLI sitting there rarely used also busier roads such as Dorchester Rd, Oakdale & Sandbanks Rd by the railway bridge had new Zebras installed - where's the logic in that?
A Zebra crossing on a busy one way system? Can't be a good decision drivers now rarely have the patience to stop at a Zebra which some were converted to Puffins years ago like the ones at Alderney roundabout. But West Quay Road leading up to Asda, is quieter than West Street, has a traffic light controlled crossing by RNLI sitting there rarely used also busier roads such as Dorchester Rd, Oakdale & Sandbanks Rd by the railway bridge had new Zebras installed - where's the logic in that? Dorset Dude
  • Score: 0

10:38pm Sun 12 Jan 14

sea poole says...

goingsolo -are you Cllr Dion?
goingsolo -are you Cllr Dion? sea poole
  • Score: 3

9:30am Mon 13 Jan 14

Stereotyped says...

Turtlebay wrote:
..improve the roads for walkers and cyclists... All paid for by the motorists who are inconvenienced to the max!
Are you one of these people who still calls VED 'road tax' and believes that 'road tax' (which doesn't actually exist) is only ued to pay for the roads?

Oh dear.

As for your point, I do agree... make it better for pedestrians...who don't use the crossings... and the cyclists...who ignore red lights and keep on riding regardless of the rules of the road, a.k.a. LAW.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: ..improve the roads for walkers and cyclists... All paid for by the motorists who are inconvenienced to the max![/p][/quote]Are you one of these people who still calls VED 'road tax' and believes that 'road tax' (which doesn't actually exist) is only ued to pay for the roads? Oh dear. As for your point, I do agree... make it better for pedestrians...who don't use the crossings... and the cyclists...who ignore red lights and keep on riding regardless of the rules of the road, a.k.a. LAW. Stereotyped
  • Score: 1

9:48am Mon 13 Jan 14

ashleycross says...

goingsolo wrote:
Great, we can all blame poole people party for this lot. For us in Hamworthy it was working fine but no, they weren't happy with it, and had to spend thousands of our tax payers' pounds on some special consultant to undo all the good work. Never mind us car drivers, its all about poole people party walking from their houses to the pub in safety!
This is the attitude that is dragging Poole down, driving our young educated people away and increasing the unemployment because it is just getting too grotty for anyone to want to invest in the area. A town full of fatties smoking themselves to death and grumbling about traffic jams is not a good place for anyone to live. Get out of your car and try walking a bit.
[quote][p][bold]goingsolo[/bold] wrote: Great, we can all blame poole people party for this lot. For us in Hamworthy it was working fine but no, they weren't happy with it, and had to spend thousands of our tax payers' pounds on some special consultant to undo all the good work. Never mind us car drivers, its all about poole people party walking from their houses to the pub in safety![/p][/quote]This is the attitude that is dragging Poole down, driving our young educated people away and increasing the unemployment because it is just getting too grotty for anyone to want to invest in the area. A town full of fatties smoking themselves to death and grumbling about traffic jams is not a good place for anyone to live. Get out of your car and try walking a bit. ashleycross
  • Score: 1

9:52am Mon 13 Jan 14

ashleycross says...

muscliffman wrote:
Here we go again more public expenditure for the idiot sake of it "the removal and replacement of the current traffic lights with low voltage and energy efficient equipment".

I cannot envisage for one second that the cost of discarding what was a perfectly good and not very old set of traffic lights and freshly installing these new trendy 'green' ones will ever in a hundred years of use be recovered by the 'energy efficiencies' - so why on earth do they do it?

Because they can, some fools doubtless think it wins them 'green' votes (wrong!), they cannot and don't have to think anything through and after all it's not their money - it's ours!
A green vote in Poole? Do you really think that there are enough intelligent healthy living people still living in Poole for any politicians to worry about the green vote? I think you may be confusing the town with pleasant posh attractive places like Bridport and Wimborne. Poole is a dump with no hope of ever pulling its socks up and cleaning up its act. Too close to Bournemouth I'm afraid which is intent on getting its mitts on Poole and turning it into another Boscombe. Lovely.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Here we go again more public expenditure for the idiot sake of it "the removal and replacement of the current traffic lights with low voltage and energy efficient equipment". I cannot envisage for one second that the cost of discarding what was a perfectly good and not very old set of traffic lights and freshly installing these new trendy 'green' ones will ever in a hundred years of use be recovered by the 'energy efficiencies' - so why on earth do they do it? Because they can, some fools doubtless think it wins them 'green' votes (wrong!), they cannot and don't have to think anything through and after all it's not their money - it's ours![/p][/quote]A green vote in Poole? Do you really think that there are enough intelligent healthy living people still living in Poole for any politicians to worry about the green vote? I think you may be confusing the town with pleasant posh attractive places like Bridport and Wimborne. Poole is a dump with no hope of ever pulling its socks up and cleaning up its act. Too close to Bournemouth I'm afraid which is intent on getting its mitts on Poole and turning it into another Boscombe. Lovely. ashleycross
  • Score: 0

10:55am Mon 13 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Bridport? Its full of little old ladies
with bottles of Polish vodka
purchased from the street market,
Boscombe is classier
with elegant fragrant ritzy ladies.
Bridport? Its full of little old ladies with bottles of Polish vodka purchased from the street market, Boscombe is classier with elegant fragrant ritzy ladies. nickynoodah
  • Score: -4

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