UPDATE: "Double dose of salt" fails to stop crashes on icy Avon Causeway

Drivers urged to take care on Avon Causeway due to icy road

Drivers urged to take care on Avon Causeway due to icy road

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ICY conditions caused havoc on the roads this morning after a number of accidents occurred due to the slippery surface.

The Avon Causeway was closed again in the morning after a number of accidents were caused by the ice.

One car crashed on the bridge near to the Avon Causeway pub and police were on the scene warning drivers to slow down.

The road had been closed due to the flooding for over a week and was reopened on Monday evening before being closed again between Matchams Lane and the B3347 at Sopley.

Bournemouth Echo:

Martin Hill, Dorset County Council's winter maintenance manager, said: “The Avon Causeway was gritted on the evening of January 13.

“Following a request to open the road a team checked the condition of the road and with the weather forecast showing freezing temperatures decided that this route would benefit from a double dose of salt.

“The amount of surface water on the road reduced the effectiveness of the salt.

“Gritting roads doesn't ensure that the surface will be ice free. We advise drivers to adjust their driving style to the conditions.”

A spokesperson from Dorset County Council said they would not be gritting the road surface tonight as rain was predicted in the early evening.

Many pavements around the area had not been gritted, with reports of icy walkways in Verwood and Poole.

Roads in the Uddens Drive area of Ferndown were reported to be like a "skating rink" and fire crews from Ferndown and Wimborne have attended to collisions this morning.

Police were called to Uddens Drive at 8.45am after a car - a silver Vauxhall Zafira - turned on its roof.

No-one was hurt in the incident but police did close the road at the junction of the A31.

Dorset Fire Control tweeted: "Firefighters are reporting the roads in the Uddens Drive area are like a "skating rink". We are proceeding with caution are you?"

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said various places around the county - particularly in North Dorset - were icy.

These included Shaftesbury in the King Alfreds Way area, Milborne St Andrew, Sturminster Newton and the Avon Causeway.

This picture was taken at Wootton Bridge near Bashley this morning.

Bournemouth Echo:

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10:49am Tue 14 Jan 14

smhinto says...

I would have thought common sense would have prevailed here i.e. the weather is getting colder therefore the risk of ice forming is higher especially on roads that have trees either side of it.
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But there again common sense is'nt very common is it ?
I would have thought common sense would have prevailed here i.e. the weather is getting colder therefore the risk of ice forming is higher especially on roads that have trees either side of it. . But there again common sense is'nt very common is it ? smhinto
  • Score: 17

11:20am Tue 14 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

"It is suspected the road had not been gritted."

Good suspect.
"It is suspected the road had not been gritted." Good suspect. BIGTONE
  • Score: 17

11:53am Tue 14 Jan 14

Wesoblind says...

Good! dont grit them and it will thin out the idiots on the road! i did the avon causway and it was icey as hell but didnt crash as i was only doing 20mph (as clearly was the speed the road conditions dictated) and was able to control any slide!

Driving should not just be about being able to move a car in the same way piloting should not just be knowing how to steer a plane! You need to be wise in ALL aspects of driving!
Good! dont grit them and it will thin out the idiots on the road! i did the avon causway and it was icey as hell but didnt crash as i was only doing 20mph (as clearly was the speed the road conditions dictated) and was able to control any slide! Driving should not just be about being able to move a car in the same way piloting should not just be knowing how to steer a plane! You need to be wise in ALL aspects of driving! Wesoblind
  • Score: 21

12:01pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Kitkatman says...

I saw one old chap in a red peugeot skid on the Avon Causeway this morning, he must have had some proper training to control the skid the way he did.
I saw one old chap in a red peugeot skid on the Avon Causeway this morning, he must have had some proper training to control the skid the way he did. Kitkatman
  • Score: 10

12:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

foggy1965 says...

it's not the ice on the roads to blame? it's the drivers.... I left home 10 min early to make sure I could drive to the condition of the roads. it's not rocket science, it's something called common sense???
it's not the ice on the roads to blame? it's the drivers.... I left home 10 min early to make sure I could drive to the condition of the roads. it's not rocket science, it's something called common sense??? foggy1965
  • Score: 22

12:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

H2o-hara says...

It was predicted quite clearly on all weather forecasts .
It was predicted quite clearly on all weather forecasts . H2o-hara
  • Score: 10

12:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

H2o-hara says...

It was predicted quite clearly on all weather forecasts .
It was predicted quite clearly on all weather forecasts . H2o-hara
  • Score: 4

12:32pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Dorset Outsider says...

Some people just need a good slap, grit or not grit there should not be crashes. It was clearly a freezing morning and we have had a lot of rain lately. A crash on ice is always due to inappropriate speed, or it would be a 'bump' with no damage.
Some people just need a good slap, grit or not grit there should not be crashes. It was clearly a freezing morning and we have had a lot of rain lately. A crash on ice is always due to inappropriate speed, or it would be a 'bump' with no damage. Dorset Outsider
  • Score: 7

12:47pm Tue 14 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

Grit the roads? Whatever next? Maintaining the ditches, culverts and drains so the roads and houses don't flood? Don't ask for such silly things!
Grit the roads? Whatever next? Maintaining the ditches, culverts and drains so the roads and houses don't flood? Don't ask for such silly things! speedy231278
  • Score: 5

7:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

madras says...

Wesoblind wrote:
Good! dont grit them and it will thin out the idiots on the road! i did the avon causway and it was icey as hell but didnt crash as i was only doing 20mph (as clearly was the speed the road conditions dictated) and was able to control any slide!

Driving should not just be about being able to move a car in the same way piloting should not just be knowing how to steer a plane! You need to be wise in ALL aspects of driving!
Ah, but what about the sensible ones that they crash in to?
[quote][p][bold]Wesoblind[/bold] wrote: Good! dont grit them and it will thin out the idiots on the road! i did the avon causway and it was icey as hell but didnt crash as i was only doing 20mph (as clearly was the speed the road conditions dictated) and was able to control any slide! Driving should not just be about being able to move a car in the same way piloting should not just be knowing how to steer a plane! You need to be wise in ALL aspects of driving![/p][/quote]Ah, but what about the sensible ones that they crash in to? madras
  • Score: 1

9:04pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

You go to the car and scrape ice off the glass or use de-icer.

Which part of FROZEN ROADS, SLOW DOWN, don't you understand?

Stupid muts!
You go to the car and scrape ice off the glass or use de-icer. Which part of FROZEN ROADS, SLOW DOWN, don't you understand? Stupid muts! Turtlebay
  • Score: 2

11:13pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Mrs C. A Townend says...

I agree 'FROZEN ROADS, SLOW DOWN.' its common sense.
I agree 'FROZEN ROADS, SLOW DOWN.' its common sense. Mrs C. A Townend
  • Score: 1

12:28am Wed 15 Jan 14

AdelaidePete says...

Although I only get to use the road occasionally when I'm in the U.K. I'm sure there has been no upgrade to this road since I used to cycle down it fifty years ago. The Echo picture shows a narrow country road totally inadequate for today's volume of traffic. Some investment in a wider and straighter causeway could assist.
Although I only get to use the road occasionally when I'm in the U.K. I'm sure there has been no upgrade to this road since I used to cycle down it fifty years ago. The Echo picture shows a narrow country road totally inadequate for today's volume of traffic. Some investment in a wider and straighter causeway could assist. AdelaidePete
  • Score: 0

9:36am Wed 15 Jan 14

Stereotyped says...

AdelaidePete wrote:
Although I only get to use the road occasionally when I'm in the U.K. I'm sure there has been no upgrade to this road since I used to cycle down it fifty years ago. The Echo picture shows a narrow country road totally inadequate for today's volume of traffic. Some investment in a wider and straighter causeway could assist.
A wider, straigther causeway...why? So that dumb people can just plant the throttle in a straight line and speed.

Makes me laugh how many rubbish driver are out there who are quite happy to speed yet are not competent behind the wheel at all and as soon as something starts to go wrong, i.e. a bit of understeer or oversteer, they panic and voila...crash.

No need to a wider or straigher road...there is a need for better driving standards, that's it.
[quote][p][bold]AdelaidePete[/bold] wrote: Although I only get to use the road occasionally when I'm in the U.K. I'm sure there has been no upgrade to this road since I used to cycle down it fifty years ago. The Echo picture shows a narrow country road totally inadequate for today's volume of traffic. Some investment in a wider and straighter causeway could assist.[/p][/quote]A wider, straigther causeway...why? So that dumb people can just plant the throttle in a straight line and speed. Makes me laugh how many rubbish driver are out there who are quite happy to speed yet are not competent behind the wheel at all and as soon as something starts to go wrong, i.e. a bit of understeer or oversteer, they panic and voila...crash. No need to a wider or straigher road...there is a need for better driving standards, that's it. Stereotyped
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Dorssaints says...

Makes me laugh when people make sweeping generalised comments about the driving standards of the drivers involved in that accident..
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I came over the bridge over the Spur Road, as did the 3 drivers behind me to find a car crash and two cars already stopped. With black ice and no breaks even at the 20mph that I was doing all I did was slide, as did the 3 cars behind me.
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Yes I knew the road conditions were poor, but I was driving slowly, maybe some of the writers of the comments above have a sixth sense, regretfully I do not and could not see the cars over the hill, nor the black ice waiting for me.
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Don;t make stupid assumptions when you do not know the facts.
Makes me laugh when people make sweeping generalised comments about the driving standards of the drivers involved in that accident.. . I came over the bridge over the Spur Road, as did the 3 drivers behind me to find a car crash and two cars already stopped. With black ice and no breaks even at the 20mph that I was doing all I did was slide, as did the 3 cars behind me. . Yes I knew the road conditions were poor, but I was driving slowly, maybe some of the writers of the comments above have a sixth sense, regretfully I do not and could not see the cars over the hill, nor the black ice waiting for me. . Don;t make stupid assumptions when you do not know the facts. Dorssaints
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

AdelaidePete says...

"A wider, straigther causeway...why? So that dumb people can just plant the throttle in a straight line and speed." guess with that attitude you' be O.K. without the M3 and be on the old A road. The fact is that the road is not up to the standard required, which is not to excuse poor driving standards.
"A wider, straigther causeway...why? So that dumb people can just plant the throttle in a straight line and speed." guess with that attitude you' be O.K. without the M3 and be on the old A road. The fact is that the road is not up to the standard required, which is not to excuse poor driving standards. AdelaidePete
  • Score: 0

11:08am Thu 16 Jan 14

Stereotyped says...

AdelaidePete wrote:
"A wider, straigther causeway...why? So that dumb people can just plant the throttle in a straight line and speed." guess with that attitude you' be O.K. without the M3 and be on the old A road. The fact is that the road is not up to the standard required, which is not to excuse poor driving standards.
How is it not up to standard? It is wide enough, you can drive on your side of the road and still have plenty of room between the verge and cars coming the other way. I drive down it regularly and have far less problems than if I go via the Wessex Way...where people seem to want to get closer on a wider road.

Oh no, there are corners! Is that not what the wheel in front of you as a driver is for? To steer...
[quote][p][bold]AdelaidePete[/bold] wrote: "A wider, straigther causeway...why? So that dumb people can just plant the throttle in a straight line and speed." guess with that attitude you' be O.K. without the M3 and be on the old A road. The fact is that the road is not up to the standard required, which is not to excuse poor driving standards.[/p][/quote]How is it not up to standard? It is wide enough, you can drive on your side of the road and still have plenty of room between the verge and cars coming the other way. I drive down it regularly and have far less problems than if I go via the Wessex Way...where people seem to want to get closer on a wider road. Oh no, there are corners! Is that not what the wheel in front of you as a driver is for? To steer... Stereotyped
  • Score: 0

11:18am Thu 16 Jan 14

Stereotyped says...

Dorssaints wrote:
Makes me laugh when people make sweeping generalised comments about the driving standards of the drivers involved in that accident.. . I came over the bridge over the Spur Road, as did the 3 drivers behind me to find a car crash and two cars already stopped. With black ice and no breaks even at the 20mph that I was doing all I did was slide, as did the 3 cars behind me. . Yes I knew the road conditions were poor, but I was driving slowly, maybe some of the writers of the comments above have a sixth sense, regretfully I do not and could not see the cars over the hill, nor the black ice waiting for me. . Don;t make stupid assumptions when you do not know the facts.
Not a sweeping generalised comment at all. It is a fact that driving standards are extremely poor.

Brakes* by the way, not breaks.

I know the facts, it was icey! You probably had to scrape it off your car before you set off... Bit of a giveaway that the roads might be too.

You might think it wasn't avoidable, but truth is all collisions are.
[quote][p][bold]Dorssaints[/bold] wrote: Makes me laugh when people make sweeping generalised comments about the driving standards of the drivers involved in that accident.. . I came over the bridge over the Spur Road, as did the 3 drivers behind me to find a car crash and two cars already stopped. With black ice and no breaks even at the 20mph that I was doing all I did was slide, as did the 3 cars behind me. . Yes I knew the road conditions were poor, but I was driving slowly, maybe some of the writers of the comments above have a sixth sense, regretfully I do not and could not see the cars over the hill, nor the black ice waiting for me. . Don;t make stupid assumptions when you do not know the facts.[/p][/quote]Not a sweeping generalised comment at all. It is a fact that driving standards are extremely poor. Brakes* by the way, not breaks. I know the facts, it was icey! You probably had to scrape it off your car before you set off... Bit of a giveaway that the roads might be too. You might think it wasn't avoidable, but truth is all collisions are. Stereotyped
  • Score: 0

9:03am Tue 11 Feb 14

SimesH says...

BMW driver ... "Hmmm I wonder what that snow-flake hazard light is flashing for?"
BMW driver ... "Hmmm I wonder what that snow-flake hazard light is flashing for?" SimesH
  • Score: 0

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