Work to create controversial £140k cycle lane begins in Somerford

Work to create controversial £140k cycle lane begins in Somerford

WORKS: Somerford Road, where the new cycle path will be built

GREATER MAJORITY: Cllr David Jones

First published in News

WORK to create a new cycle path in Somerford, as part of the Three Towns Travel scheme, will begin today and continue for nearly two months.

The new purpose-built, off-road cycleway/footpath will run along the length of Somerford Road.

Dorset County Council’s £140,000 scheme – funded through a government grant – aims to provide a safe off-road link, improving access to the town centre by bike and encouraging more people to cycle.

However, Cllr David Jones, county councillor for Grange ward, said: “While there are certain minor aspects of the scheme which can be welcomed, such as the improved crossing over Purewell Crossroads and the promise to repair the surface of the service road where needed, this scheme will do absolutely nothing for the real transport needs of Somerford and Grange or indeed for Christchurch or for the greater majority of road users.”

Work will start at the Somerford Hotel end of the route, working back towards Purewell Crossroads.

The route follows the service road in front of the houses to the north of the road and work is expected to finish at the end of May.

The council will aim to keep disruption to a minimum.

Andrew Bradley, the council’s management engineer, said: "This cycleway/footpath is part of a much wider Three Towns Travel project, which aims to make it easier for people to get around Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole using sustainable transport - walking, cycling and using a bus instead of travelling by car.

“Overall, it will help to improve air quality, reduce traffic flows and help make the area more attractive to businesses, shoppers and visitors.”

Cllr Hilary Cox, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We have been working with the local county and borough councillors for some time on this project to ensure access to the town centre is improved without residents needing to use their car.”

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4:18pm Mon 24 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

"Andrew Bradley, the council’s management engineer, said: "This cycleway/footpath is part of a much wider Three Towns Travel project, which aims to make it easier for people to get around Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole using sustainable transport - walking, cycling and using a bus instead of travelling by car."

Well at least this Officer is being honest, in a nutshell the whole Three Towns Travel project is fanatically anti-motorist - as most suspected. So why is it being imposed on the majority of the local public against their wishes?
"Andrew Bradley, the council’s management engineer, said: "This cycleway/footpath is part of a much wider Three Towns Travel project, which aims to make it easier for people to get around Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole using sustainable transport - walking, cycling and using a bus instead of travelling by car." Well at least this Officer is being honest, in a nutshell the whole Three Towns Travel project is fanatically anti-motorist - as most suspected. So why is it being imposed on the majority of the local public against their wishes? muscliffman
  • Score: 4

4:53pm Mon 24 Mar 14

damnlion says...

As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation....
Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth.
The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ?
As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation.... Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth. The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ? damnlion
  • Score: 7

4:55pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Justin Black says...

Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.
Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off. Justin Black
  • Score: 5

5:23pm Mon 24 Mar 14

bsjc1234 says...

What a totally pathetic waste of money, why not spend it on something of use to both cyclist and motorists and put some traffic lights on Stoney Lane roundabout, that is what the three towns project was designed for, to speed up traffic on major routs not on little side roads.
What a totally pathetic waste of money, why not spend it on something of use to both cyclist and motorists and put some traffic lights on Stoney Lane roundabout, that is what the three towns project was designed for, to speed up traffic on major routs not on little side roads. bsjc1234
  • Score: 5

5:35pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

Anything that keeps cyclists out of danger from the lunatics on four wheels is to be welcomed. I cycle from Somerford to Fairmile and back every day taking my life in my hands in the process. As for that Jones character he should go back to Rochdale or wherever he came from and poke his nose in there.
Anything that keeps cyclists out of danger from the lunatics on four wheels is to be welcomed. I cycle from Somerford to Fairmile and back every day taking my life in my hands in the process. As for that Jones character he should go back to Rochdale or wherever he came from and poke his nose in there. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Mon 24 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Justin Black wrote:
Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.
We have roads for cars and pavements for pedestrians oh and peds don't pay pavement tax or have to carry third party insurance either. Proper provision for cyclists is long overdue.
[quote][p][bold]Justin Black[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.[/p][/quote]We have roads for cars and pavements for pedestrians oh and peds don't pay pavement tax or have to carry third party insurance either. Proper provision for cyclists is long overdue. The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 4

7:58pm Mon 24 Mar 14

boardsandphotos says...

Justin Black wrote:
Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.
There is no such thing as Road Tax and because you don't even understand the most simple thing about how are roads are paid for it makes your whole comment null and void.

In times of austerity a bke is also a lot cheaper to run than a car. It's not and option for eyeryone but the number of cyclists is only going to grow, this will reduce traffic for car drivers and causes less damage to the roads.
[quote][p][bold]Justin Black[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.[/p][/quote]There is no such thing as Road Tax and because you don't even understand the most simple thing about how are roads are paid for it makes your whole comment null and void. In times of austerity a bke is also a lot cheaper to run than a car. It's not and option for eyeryone but the number of cyclists is only going to grow, this will reduce traffic for car drivers and causes less damage to the roads. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Mon 24 Mar 14

boardsandphotos says...

boardsandphotos wrote:
Justin Black wrote:
Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.
There is no such thing as Road Tax and because you don't even understand the most simple thing about how are roads are paid for it makes your whole comment null and void.

In times of austerity a bke is also a lot cheaper to run than a car. It's not and option for eyeryone but the number of cyclists is only going to grow, this will reduce traffic for car drivers and causes less damage to the roads.
*our roads.
[quote][p][bold]boardsandphotos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justin Black[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.[/p][/quote]There is no such thing as Road Tax and because you don't even understand the most simple thing about how are roads are paid for it makes your whole comment null and void. In times of austerity a bke is also a lot cheaper to run than a car. It's not and option for eyeryone but the number of cyclists is only going to grow, this will reduce traffic for car drivers and causes less damage to the roads.[/p][/quote]*our roads. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 1

9:42pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

“Overall, it will help to improve air quality, reduce traffic flows and help make the area more attractive to businesses, shoppers and visitors.”
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What a load of old codswallop, how can cycle lanes achieve any of the above.
“Overall, it will help to improve air quality, reduce traffic flows and help make the area more attractive to businesses, shoppers and visitors.” . What a load of old codswallop, how can cycle lanes achieve any of the above. Hessenford
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

It will be welcomed by the owners of unregistered mopeds and motorised scooters in the area.
It will be welcomed by the owners of unregistered mopeds and motorised scooters in the area. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

8:34am Tue 25 Mar 14

Wesoblind says...

isnt the service road a good safe place to cycle the length of scumorford rd already?

Or just burn the money at night so people can see where they are going.
isnt the service road a good safe place to cycle the length of scumorford rd already? Or just burn the money at night so people can see where they are going. Wesoblind
  • Score: 1

8:58am Tue 25 Mar 14

Franks Tank says...

Justin Black wrote:
Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.
"ROAX TAX" what the freaking heck is that??

If it's "Vehicle Excise Duty" that you mean, you'll be pleased to know that it is possible to drive many cars without paying it and that millions of people or their vehicles are exempt.
I'd also suggest that you are clutching at straws with the insurance argument.

Please try to be more original.
[quote][p][bold]Justin Black[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness we have representatives like County Councillor Jones, Very few Councillors seem to have common sense these days. Cllr Jones is correct when he says this scheme will do nothing for real transport needs in this area. Isn't it strange that in times of austerity, council staff being axed beyond redemption because we can't afford to pay them, selling Christchurch to EDDC because there is no money, yet good old cyclists, who pay no road tax and carry no third party insurance, get money found for their cause while the rest of our area is being destroyed and sold off.[/p][/quote]"ROAX TAX" what the freaking heck is that?? If it's "Vehicle Excise Duty" that you mean, you'll be pleased to know that it is possible to drive many cars without paying it and that millions of people or their vehicles are exempt. I'd also suggest that you are clutching at straws with the insurance argument. Please try to be more original. Franks Tank
  • Score: 4

9:55am Tue 25 Mar 14

suzigirl says...

damnlion wrote:
As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation.... Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth. The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ?
Would you like the pavements swept free of pedestrians as well?
[quote][p][bold]damnlion[/bold] wrote: As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation.... Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth. The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ?[/p][/quote]Would you like the pavements swept free of pedestrians as well? suzigirl
  • Score: -5

10:42am Tue 25 Mar 14

boardsandphotos says...

suzigirl wrote:
damnlion wrote:
As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation.... Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth. The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ?
Would you like the pavements swept free of pedestrians as well?
No of course not, but he has a valid point, I cycle to work every day and none of my journey is on cycle paths, so I cycle on the road and the gutters are full of bottles, cans, bits of old car etc.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]damnlion[/bold] wrote: As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation.... Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth. The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ?[/p][/quote]Would you like the pavements swept free of pedestrians as well?[/p][/quote]No of course not, but he has a valid point, I cycle to work every day and none of my journey is on cycle paths, so I cycle on the road and the gutters are full of bottles, cans, bits of old car etc. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 3

6:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

Wesoblind wrote:
isnt the service road a good safe place to cycle the length of scumorford rd already?

Or just burn the money at night so people can see where they are going.
Absolutely. There is hardly any traffic on it. Even a moderate amount of care on the cyclists' part would ensure safe journeys.
[quote][p][bold]Wesoblind[/bold] wrote: isnt the service road a good safe place to cycle the length of scumorford rd already? Or just burn the money at night so people can see where they are going.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. There is hardly any traffic on it. Even a moderate amount of care on the cyclists' part would ensure safe journeys. agp1337
  • Score: 0

6:53am Wed 26 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

suzigirl wrote:
damnlion wrote:
As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation.... Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth. The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ?
Would you like the pavements swept free of pedestrians as well?
Most pavements are deserted anyway so make them shared routes.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]damnlion[/bold] wrote: As a cyclist and a motorist just an observation.... Good that cycle lanes are provided BUT they need to be maintained (ie swept free of grit/ glass/ tin cans/ plastic bottles/ tree debris etc etc) if not cyclists will still ride on the road with the cars. A good (or bad) example is the route from Waitrose to Burton, regularly covered with the above and never cleared of encroaching plants/ earth. The Somerford Road route ? I'm not convinced it's essential as there are much more dangerous routes for cyclists in the town.... It's being put on a service road too- surely that's safe enough as it is ?[/p][/quote]Would you like the pavements swept free of pedestrians as well?[/p][/quote]Most pavements are deserted anyway so make them shared routes. The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 2

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