Major delays on A35 Christchurch bypass due to work to install new digital signs

Major delays on A35 Christchurch bypass due to work to install new digital signs

Major delays on A35 Christchurch bypass due to work to install new digital signs

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MOTORISTS are suffering major delays in Christchurch today due to work to install new digital signs.

Predicted by the Chamber of Trade to cause “nightmare” delays, drivers have been stuck in tailbacks for up to 40minutes due to the work by Dorset County Council.

Delays have been exacerbated due to the High Street being closed for Monday Market.

Work on the signage, which Dorset County Council said will help direct drivers to vacant spaces, started this morning, with the westbound inside lane towards the town centre set to close for a week while engineers install it.

However, president of Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce Peter Watson-Lee, said although the signs could potentially be helpful, the closure of the lane would inevitably cause disruption for commuters coming into the town.

“It is a major bottleneck at the best of times so closure for a week will be a bit of a nightmare,” he added.

“However, if it helps the public with parking it may be that the signs prove an excellent assistance, but I would like to learn more about the idea.”

Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said he was aware of the traffic delays.

“I would have thought that they wouldn’t have started on a Monday with the market closing the High Street", he said.

The digital signs will be integrated into Dorset County Council’s car park guidance system, which currently covers Weymouth and Dorchester.

The council said the project will help reduce circulating traffic, queuing, pollution and congestion associated with queues interfering with normal traffic flows.

Cllr Peter Hall, ward councillor for the town centre, acknowledged that the work would create inconvenience for road users in the short-term.

But he said he recognised that the lane closure is unavoidable and that the scheme will also help to ease traffic in the future.

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1:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

dartguru says...

Inept
Chaotic
Idiots

Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.
Inept Chaotic Idiots Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea. dartguru
  • Score: 32

1:58pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Julie G says...

If anyone has any spare common sense, could they please forward it to the Council offices at Dorchester and Christchurch.

After months of delays due to the High St, then the bad weather, motorists now have to endure this!!!!!
If anyone has any spare common sense, could they please forward it to the Council offices at Dorchester and Christchurch. After months of delays due to the High St, then the bad weather, motorists now have to endure this!!!!! Julie G
  • Score: 32

2:27pm Mon 3 Mar 14

skydriver says...

dartguru wrote:
Inept
Chaotic
Idiots

Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.
Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly.
Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO.
Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case.
[quote][p][bold]dartguru[/bold] wrote: Inept Chaotic Idiots Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.[/p][/quote]Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly. Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO. Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case. skydriver
  • Score: 18

2:32pm Mon 3 Mar 14

dartguru says...

skydriver wrote:
dartguru wrote:
Inept
Chaotic
Idiots

Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.
Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly.
Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO.
Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case.
Work at night !

Their paymasters would spit their dummies out (as well as their toys leaving their prams) at the thought of having to pay (deep breath) OVERTIME.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dartguru[/bold] wrote: Inept Chaotic Idiots Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.[/p][/quote]Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly. Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO. Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case.[/p][/quote]Work at night ! Their paymasters would spit their dummies out (as well as their toys leaving their prams) at the thought of having to pay (deep breath) OVERTIME. dartguru
  • Score: 11

2:56pm Mon 3 Mar 14

twynham says...

As I said on Twitter.
Not a single brain cell between them
As I said on Twitter. Not a single brain cell between them twynham
  • Score: 14

3:11pm Mon 3 Mar 14

smhinto says...

dartguru wrote:
skydriver wrote:
dartguru wrote: Inept Chaotic Idiots Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.
Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly. Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO. Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case.
Work at night ! Their paymasters would spit their dummies out (as well as their toys leaving their prams) at the thought of having to pay (deep breath) OVERTIME.
Very true, whilst serving in Germany back in the 1980's all minor road work was carried out during the night to avoid traffic congestion. Hence, maybe that is why Germany has one of the strongest economies in Europe.
.
This is typical Britain I'm afraid - behind the times and slow on the uptake as usual!!
[quote][p][bold]dartguru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dartguru[/bold] wrote: Inept Chaotic Idiots Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.[/p][/quote]Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly. Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO. Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case.[/p][/quote]Work at night ! Their paymasters would spit their dummies out (as well as their toys leaving their prams) at the thought of having to pay (deep breath) OVERTIME.[/p][/quote]Very true, whilst serving in Germany back in the 1980's all minor road work was carried out during the night to avoid traffic congestion. Hence, maybe that is why Germany has one of the strongest economies in Europe. . This is typical Britain I'm afraid - behind the times and slow on the uptake as usual!! smhinto
  • Score: 11

5:28pm Mon 3 Mar 14

crazybird says...

I was stuck in that traffic at lunchtime today for 40 minutes. It completely ruined the appointments that I had booked for this afternoon. There weren't even any warning signs that there were impending disruptions to this road. You don't realise you are going to be stuck there for that amount of time until it's too late. Typical poor planning, arse about face council incompetence! AVOID CHRISTCHURCH LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!!
I was stuck in that traffic at lunchtime today for 40 minutes. It completely ruined the appointments that I had booked for this afternoon. There weren't even any warning signs that there were impending disruptions to this road. You don't realise you are going to be stuck there for that amount of time until it's too late. Typical poor planning, arse about face council incompetence! AVOID CHRISTCHURCH LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!! crazybird
  • Score: 8

5:29pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

I don't really see the point of the expense and inconvenience in erecting signs to free space in a town that's got nothing to offer.
I don't really see the point of the expense and inconvenience in erecting signs to free space in a town that's got nothing to offer. Hessenford
  • Score: 14

6:16pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Why can't they do it at night?

Or rather we can manage perfectly well without the new signs, why not stick them up the councillors back sides.
Why can't they do it at night? Or rather we can manage perfectly well without the new signs, why not stick them up the councillors back sides. Turtlebay
  • Score: 5

6:21pm Mon 3 Mar 14

d15 says...

Are they going to say" Welcome to Bournemouth..sorry Christchurch"
Are they going to say" Welcome to Bournemouth..sorry Christchurch" d15
  • Score: 3

6:32pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Chukki's uncle says...

It will always be the same until there is a link road to the A338 as the Christchurch By pass doesn't by pass a lot basically. But signs directing drivers to spare parking / shopping spaces has to be a great idea and well worth the disruption..........
... Yeah quite
It will always be the same until there is a link road to the A338 as the Christchurch By pass doesn't by pass a lot basically. But signs directing drivers to spare parking / shopping spaces has to be a great idea and well worth the disruption.......... ... Yeah quite Chukki's uncle
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

pedro66 says...

Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said.
“I would have thought that they wouldn’t have started on a Monday"

As lead "member" for transport shouldn't he have known that?!

With the price of parking going up, and meters going into the High Street soon I struggle to understand why anybody would want to go into the town centre unless they want a coffee or visit a charity shop.
Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said. “I would have thought that they wouldn’t have started on a Monday" As lead "member" for transport shouldn't he have known that?! With the price of parking going up, and meters going into the High Street soon I struggle to understand why anybody would want to go into the town centre unless they want a coffee or visit a charity shop. pedro66
  • Score: 7

7:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

pedro66 wrote:
Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said.
“I would have thought that they wouldn’t have started on a Monday"

As lead "member" for transport shouldn't he have known that?!

With the price of parking going up, and meters going into the High Street soon I struggle to understand why anybody would want to go into the town centre unless they want a coffee or visit a charity shop.
The bookshop's a good one!
[quote][p][bold]pedro66[/bold] wrote: Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said. “I would have thought that they wouldn’t have started on a Monday" As lead "member" for transport shouldn't he have known that?! With the price of parking going up, and meters going into the High Street soon I struggle to understand why anybody would want to go into the town centre unless they want a coffee or visit a charity shop.[/p][/quote]The bookshop's a good one! agp1337
  • Score: 3

7:40pm Mon 3 Mar 14

rayc says...

"The digital signs will be integrated into Dorset County Council’s car park guidance system, which currently covers Weymouth and Dorchester."

Tells it all really. Perhaps the nearest place to park in Christchurch is Weymouth? Never believe them when the authorities tell you they are short of money for services to children and the elderly, they always find it for their pet schemes.
"The digital signs will be integrated into Dorset County Council’s car park guidance system, which currently covers Weymouth and Dorchester." Tells it all really. Perhaps the nearest place to park in Christchurch is Weymouth? Never believe them when the authorities tell you they are short of money for services to children and the elderly, they always find it for their pet schemes. rayc
  • Score: 5

7:51pm Mon 3 Mar 14

notapeopleperson says...

yaaawwwwwnnnnnnn....
.. sorry was there a news story somewhere?
yaaawwwwwnnnnnnn.... .. sorry was there a news story somewhere? notapeopleperson
  • Score: -2

11:08pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Dorchester is the hub of Dorset. Right.

The County Seat should be moved east. Dorchester is a backwater. It has no bearing on reality.

I suggest Wimborne. It is geographically well placed between the population centers, yet has no particular argument. It is similar to Dorchester; simply in the right place.

I live in neither.
Dorchester is the hub of Dorset. Right. The County Seat should be moved east. Dorchester is a backwater. It has no bearing on reality. I suggest Wimborne. It is geographically well placed between the population centers, yet has no particular argument. It is similar to Dorchester; simply in the right place. I live in neither. Yankee1
  • Score: 2

6:34am Tue 4 Mar 14

Phixer says...

twynham wrote:
As I said on Twitter.
Not a single brain cell between them
Not a single brain cell beteen twitters.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: As I said on Twitter. Not a single brain cell between them[/p][/quote]Not a single brain cell beteen twitters. Phixer
  • Score: -2

6:37am Tue 4 Mar 14

Phixer says...

dartguru wrote:
skydriver wrote:
dartguru wrote:
Inept
Chaotic
Idiots

Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.
Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly.
Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO.
Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case.
Work at night !

Their paymasters would spit their dummies out (as well as their toys leaving their prams) at the thought of having to pay (deep breath) OVERTIME.
You, me and our neighbours are the 'paymasters' and we would schedule a night shift as part of the normal work pattern. Much cheaper than the disruption to daily business.
[quote][p][bold]dartguru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dartguru[/bold] wrote: Inept Chaotic Idiots Just three words to describe the 'qualified' people who decided this was a good idea.[/p][/quote]Here here,how right you are all three words sum up the councillors perfectly. Why oh why did they need to start on a day when the high street is closed .......didn't think yet again, do they ever you may ell ask, simply NO. Do the work at night like other EU countries, phew not a chance that again takes a bit of thought process ........ I rest my case.[/p][/quote]Work at night ! Their paymasters would spit their dummies out (as well as their toys leaving their prams) at the thought of having to pay (deep breath) OVERTIME.[/p][/quote]You, me and our neighbours are the 'paymasters' and we would schedule a night shift as part of the normal work pattern. Much cheaper than the disruption to daily business. Phixer
  • Score: 3

8:44am Tue 4 Mar 14

twynham says...

Phixer wrote:
twynham wrote:
As I said on Twitter.
Not a single brain cell between them
Not a single brain cell beteen twitters.
But we can spell check!
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: As I said on Twitter. Not a single brain cell between them[/p][/quote]Not a single brain cell beteen twitters.[/p][/quote]But we can spell check! twynham
  • Score: -1

12:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

dartguru says...

pedro66 wrote:
Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said.
“I would have thought that they wouldn’t have started on a Monday"

As lead "member" for transport shouldn't he have known that?!

With the price of parking going up, and meters going into the High Street soon I struggle to understand why anybody would want to go into the town centre unless they want a coffee or visit a charity shop.
He also says "However, if it helps the public with parking it may be that the signs prove an excellent assistance, but I would like to learn more about the idea."

Was it news to him?
Has his head been firmly in the sand, or somewhere even less appealing.
Absolutely farcical today, can't get near the town from Somerford unless you plan to spend half the day in the car.
Absolute shambles, which is nothing unexpected so I don't know why I'm surprised.
[quote][p][bold]pedro66[/bold] wrote: Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said. “I would have thought that they wouldn’t have started on a Monday" As lead "member" for transport shouldn't he have known that?! With the price of parking going up, and meters going into the High Street soon I struggle to understand why anybody would want to go into the town centre unless they want a coffee or visit a charity shop.[/p][/quote]He also says "However, if it helps the public with parking it may be that the signs prove an excellent assistance, but I would like to learn more about the idea." Was it news to him? Has his head been firmly in the sand, or somewhere even less appealing. Absolutely farcical today, can't get near the town from Somerford unless you plan to spend half the day in the car. Absolute shambles, which is nothing unexpected so I don't know why I'm surprised. dartguru
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Will the signs say "Delays due to the erection of this sign"?
Will the signs say "Delays due to the erection of this sign"? speedy231278
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Perhaps one could be a digital clock. It would be a sign of the times.
Perhaps one could be a digital clock. It would be a sign of the times. speedy231278
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Tue 4 Mar 14

dartguru says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Perhaps one could be a digital clock. It would be a sign of the times.
Or the length of time it will take to reach the car park.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Perhaps one could be a digital clock. It would be a sign of the times.[/p][/quote]Or the length of time it will take to reach the car park. dartguru
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Tue 4 Mar 14

LJT1966 says...

Julie G wrote:
If anyone has any spare common sense, could they please forward it to the Council offices at Dorchester and Christchurch.

After months of delays due to the High St, then the bad weather, motorists now have to endure this!!!!!
Hear hear. And why no yellow signs on bypass warning of impending work?? The only clue was a line of cones on the roadside. And don't get me started on new traffic lights by Waitrose!!
[quote][p][bold]Julie G[/bold] wrote: If anyone has any spare common sense, could they please forward it to the Council offices at Dorchester and Christchurch. After months of delays due to the High St, then the bad weather, motorists now have to endure this!!!!![/p][/quote]Hear hear. And why no yellow signs on bypass warning of impending work?? The only clue was a line of cones on the roadside. And don't get me started on new traffic lights by Waitrose!! LJT1966
  • Score: 3

10:59pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Crank says...

Digial signs when the roads are cracking up?
Digial signs when the roads are cracking up? Crank
  • Score: 0

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