New slip road needed to stop traffic misery at Bournemouth Hospital, says deputy mayor

Bournemouth Echo: HORRENDOUS JAMS: Traffic gridlock on the access road to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital HORRENDOUS JAMS: Traffic gridlock on the access road to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital

A NEW slip road is needed to stop “horrendous” traffic jams like the one that lasted for hours at Royal Bournemouth Hospital last week.

That is the view of deputy mayor Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, who says there are problems every evening with cars coming out of the hospital.

Hundreds of drivers sat stationary in their cars for hours last week, when temporary traffic lights at gas works on Christchurch’s Barrack Road combined with other factors to bring the area to a standstill.

Tony Spotswood, chief executive of Royal Bournemouth Hospital, has called the jams “unacceptable” and said there is an urgent need for a new link from the hospital to the Wessex Way.

Cllr Stanley-Watts, who works at the hospital, said: “The traffic situation in the hospital area is getting worse.

“It had been horrendous building up to that. Every night there’s been a traffic standstill. It was a lot worse that Tuesday evening.”

He said there had been poor communications between councils about the roadworks going on.

He said having the hospital, law courts and a major employer, Rias, at the same site had put great pressure on the road network.

Cllr Stanley-Watts said the council had had meetings with the hospital and he believed they should explore the viability of a link road between the dual carriageway and the hospital.

“I think it’s very important to have a slip road near it,” he said.

He said road traffic had to be addressed in any improvement measures as well as cycling and public transport.

Cllr Michael Filer, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for transport, said in a statement: “We are always looking at ways to make travelling easier and less stressful for motorists across Bournemouth.

“The council have recently been involved in preliminary discussions with Bournemouth Hospital over future road proposals that may change the access arrangements into the hospital site.”

At the height of last week’s jams, some visitors and staff at the hospital were in stationary traffic for three-and-a-half hours. Some abandoned their cars and found other ways home.

The delays blocked the route for ambulances and led to blood samples being delayed on their way for analysis.

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1:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

djd says...

I'm not the Deputy Mayor and I can see the need for a new slip road.
You have only to see the queues coming off the spur road in the morning and joining the hospital lane queue as far back as the Cooper Dean and beyond.
In the evening all the traffic flows into the bottle neck traffic lights coming out of the hospital.
Obvious even to me.
I'm not the Deputy Mayor and I can see the need for a new slip road. You have only to see the queues coming off the spur road in the morning and joining the hospital lane queue as far back as the Cooper Dean and beyond. In the evening all the traffic flows into the bottle neck traffic lights coming out of the hospital. Obvious even to me. djd
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mark.s says...

Only about 8 years too late, but better late than never. Although I'll believe it when I see it's built, which will probably be years.
Only about 8 years too late, but better late than never. Although I'll believe it when I see it's built, which will probably be years. mark.s
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Tue 14 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

This idea is a start, but it still seems like a 'sticking plaster' solution to the main problem around the whole of Castle Lane. Maybe it is time to dust off the old Castle Lane relief road plans and see what could be done today - properly.
This idea is a start, but it still seems like a 'sticking plaster' solution to the main problem around the whole of Castle Lane. Maybe it is time to dust off the old Castle Lane relief road plans and see what could be done today - properly. muscliffman
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Tue 14 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

why is everything a "misery"? could we have a new word please? how about slight annoyance. or a bit of a pain. . using our language a bit more colourfully would make our lives less of a misery.
why is everything a "misery"? could we have a new word please? how about slight annoyance. or a bit of a pain. . using our language a bit more colourfully would make our lives less of a misery. live-and-let-live
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5:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Townee says...

Caller Filer said they are always looking for way to speed up the traffic flow. Yep, let's put in more cycle lanes, more bus/taxi lanes, more traffic lights etc
Just what we need is a Cllr who thinks, I don't think. Normal people know what the problem is why can't those that get paid see it as well, oh sorry forgot head in sand syndrome.
Caller Filer said they are always looking for way to speed up the traffic flow. Yep, let's put in more cycle lanes, more bus/taxi lanes, more traffic lights etc Just what we need is a Cllr who thinks, I don't think. Normal people know what the problem is why can't those that get paid see it as well, oh sorry forgot head in sand syndrome. Townee
  • Score: 1

5:44pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Redgolfer says...

CLLR Filer when was Bournemouth Hospital built, why was there not a slip road built then, why when they straightened the Stour out and took Sheeps Wash out of the main stream river, a relief road could have gone in then.
Their is enough land for slip road into the Hospital and maybe for one to exit before the Cooper Dean Roundabout and what about the largest employer in Bournemouth, Chase Manhattan being allowed a slip road onto the spur road.
CLLR Filer when was Bournemouth Hospital built, why was there not a slip road built then, why when they straightened the Stour out and took Sheeps Wash out of the main stream river, a relief road could have gone in then. Their is enough land for slip road into the Hospital and maybe for one to exit before the Cooper Dean Roundabout and what about the largest employer in Bournemouth, Chase Manhattan being allowed a slip road onto the spur road. Redgolfer
  • Score: 1

5:44pm Tue 14 Jan 14

poolebob says...

Still more from the publicity seeking Cllr S-W. The Echo is always promoting him. He must be related to the Editor
Still more from the publicity seeking Cllr S-W. The Echo is always promoting him. He must be related to the Editor poolebob
  • Score: 1

6:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Yinnie says...

There are enough accidents on the Spur Road between the Blackwater junction and the Cooper Dean.

The hospital never should have been built on Castle Lane until they had dealt with the traffic problems already there.

The traffic problems aren't going to go away just allowing access to the Spur Road and Wessex Way, Castle Lane is always congested in both directions passed the Cooper Dean roundabout and down to at least Whiteleg Way and in the other direction into Christchurch.

The fix for this is far bigger than allowing access to the Spur Road.
There are enough accidents on the Spur Road between the Blackwater junction and the Cooper Dean. The hospital never should have been built on Castle Lane until they had dealt with the traffic problems already there. The traffic problems aren't going to go away just allowing access to the Spur Road and Wessex Way, Castle Lane is always congested in both directions passed the Cooper Dean roundabout and down to at least Whiteleg Way and in the other direction into Christchurch. The fix for this is far bigger than allowing access to the Spur Road. Yinnie
  • Score: 1

7:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Hobad1 says...

It must just be coincidence that "deputy mayor Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts" comes up with this idea/view just shortly after the problems are reported in a regional paper. Maybe if he had any foresight he might be mayor.....but then again maybe not.
It must just be coincidence that "deputy mayor Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts" comes up with this idea/view just shortly after the problems are reported in a regional paper. Maybe if he had any foresight he might be mayor.....but then again maybe not. Hobad1
  • Score: 0

7:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Yinnie wrote:
There are enough accidents on the Spur Road between the Blackwater junction and the Cooper Dean.

The hospital never should have been built on Castle Lane until they had dealt with the traffic problems already there.

The traffic problems aren't going to go away just allowing access to the Spur Road and Wessex Way, Castle Lane is always congested in both directions passed the Cooper Dean roundabout and down to at least Whiteleg Way and in the other direction into Christchurch.

The fix for this is far bigger than allowing access to the Spur Road.
There was never traffic problems there when the hospital was first built, the problem started when the council allowed Rias, the new court building and a dirty great hotel to be built opposite.
There will never be a an exit road to the rear of the hospital, this was suggested a few years ago but it would have meant the exit would be onto the existing slip road and was deemed to dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]Yinnie[/bold] wrote: There are enough accidents on the Spur Road between the Blackwater junction and the Cooper Dean. The hospital never should have been built on Castle Lane until they had dealt with the traffic problems already there. The traffic problems aren't going to go away just allowing access to the Spur Road and Wessex Way, Castle Lane is always congested in both directions passed the Cooper Dean roundabout and down to at least Whiteleg Way and in the other direction into Christchurch. The fix for this is far bigger than allowing access to the Spur Road.[/p][/quote]There was never traffic problems there when the hospital was first built, the problem started when the council allowed Rias, the new court building and a dirty great hotel to be built opposite. There will never be a an exit road to the rear of the hospital, this was suggested a few years ago but it would have meant the exit would be onto the existing slip road and was deemed to dangerous. Hessenford
  • Score: 1

9:39pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Jetwasher says...

TAKE OUT all bloody traffic lights and replace with a large roundabout with no traffic lights on that would sort it ?
TAKE OUT all bloody traffic lights and replace with a large roundabout with no traffic lights on that would sort it ? Jetwasher
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

More people need to get out of their cars. Ends.
More people need to get out of their cars. Ends. whataboutthat
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