Rumble strips being introduced on approach to Twin Sails Bridge to prevent further incidents

Bournemouth Echo: RUMBLE: The Twin Sails Bridge closed for works RUMBLE: The Twin Sails Bridge closed for works

RUMBLE strips on the road surface are just one of the modifications being made to the Twin Sails Bridge during a week of improvements.

Borough of Poole’s engineering manager John Rice says that they are introducing the lines ahead of the barriers, which stop traffic while the bridge opens, to help to prevent further incidents on the bridge.

It is just one of a number of works being carried out on the bridge during a week of pre-planned maintenance works, which has seen traffic re-directed to use the old Poole Bridge until Monday.

Mr Rice said: “Some of the work is rectifying defects, some of it is annual maintenance and some is minor modifications in light of the two years that the Twin Sails Bridge has been in operation for.”

He added: “On the approaches to the bridge, we are placing rumble strips, so that, as cars drive over, they will see the barriers come down and the flashing lights, and the rumble strips will remind the vehicle’s driver to slow down.”

The last incident on the Twin Sails Bridge happened in December 2013, involving an 86-year-old motorist who had a lucky escape after her car smashed through the safety barriers and went across the bridge as it was lifting.

Just a couple of the other amendments on the bridge include the replacement of some of the LED lights on the barriers, and the servicing of the hyd-raulic systems which lift the leaves of the bridge.

The idea behind it, Mr Rice said, is that by closing the Twin Sails Bridge for a week outside of peak times, it will lead to less disruption overall to road-users, rather than staggering the works throughout the year.

In September, annual maintenance works are due to take place on Poole Bridge, meaning that one bridge is always available to pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.

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6:13am Thu 3 Apr 14

hamworthygirl says...

They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective. hamworthygirl
  • Score: -7

6:16am Thu 3 Apr 14

hamworthygirl says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
That should read the barrier doesnt work not lift
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]That should read the barrier doesnt work not lift hamworthygirl
  • Score: -6

6:31am Thu 3 Apr 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
In other words, the bridge should be idiot proof.......
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]In other words, the bridge should be idiot proof....... Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 6

6:49am Thu 3 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
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hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
In other words, the bridge should be idiot proof.......
It needs to be dispite all the warning signs in and around Poole warning that the twin sails bridge is closed for maintenance ,still drivers are using the approach roads and are then amazed to find the road closed !
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]In other words, the bridge should be idiot proof.......[/p][/quote]It needs to be dispite all the warning signs in and around Poole warning that the twin sails bridge is closed for maintenance ,still drivers are using the approach roads and are then amazed to find the road closed ! alasdair1967
  • Score: 2

6:51am Thu 3 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

Why the need for rumble strips if drivers cannot see the warning lights and see the barriers coming down ,should they actually be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle !
Why the need for rumble strips if drivers cannot see the warning lights and see the barriers coming down ,should they actually be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle ! alasdair1967
  • Score: 21

7:36am Thu 3 Apr 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

This bridge has been under constant maintenance since it opened, with any luck the vibrations from the rumble strips will cause the bridge to completely fall to bits....end of problem!
This bridge has been under constant maintenance since it opened, with any luck the vibrations from the rumble strips will cause the bridge to completely fall to bits....end of problem! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 0

8:33am Thu 3 Apr 14

Stereotyped says...

He added: “On the approaches to the bridge, we are placing rumble strips, so that, as cars drive over, they will see the barriers come down and the flashing lights, and the rumble strips will remind the vehicle’s driver to slow down.”

Ohh, I have never realised that driving over rumble strips makes me, as a driver, suddenly think "Oh look at those barriers and lights which were already in my view as a competent driver."

If someone drives through when the barriers are coming down...it is natural selection taking its course.
He added: “On the approaches to the bridge, we are placing rumble strips, so that, as cars drive over, they will see the barriers come down and the flashing lights, and the rumble strips will remind the vehicle’s driver to slow down.” Ohh, I have never realised that driving over rumble strips makes me, as a driver, suddenly think "Oh look at those barriers and lights which were already in my view as a competent driver." If someone drives through when the barriers are coming down...it is natural selection taking its course. Stereotyped
  • Score: 4

8:35am Thu 3 Apr 14

Stereotyped says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
Extra warning? How about a bit of common sense.

Driving too fast? The speed limit is 30mph.
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]Extra warning? How about a bit of common sense. Driving too fast? The speed limit is 30mph. Stereotyped
  • Score: 4

8:58am Thu 3 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
I quite agree, the other day I was walking along the pavement and decided to cross the road, as it was raining and windy I didn't want to look up to see if anything was coming and I was nearly run over by a car! You fool

As for the rumble strips at the barrier, if you can't see a barrier with lights on it across the road in front of you, flashing lights on a warning sign and an audible warning sound then you really should be questioning your driving ability, not the safety of the road layout?
Lets hope that old guy doesn't have to negotiate a railway crossing?
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]I quite agree, the other day I was walking along the pavement and decided to cross the road, as it was raining and windy I didn't want to look up to see if anything was coming and I was nearly run over by a car! You fool As for the rumble strips at the barrier, if you can't see a barrier with lights on it across the road in front of you, flashing lights on a warning sign and an audible warning sound then you really should be questioning your driving ability, not the safety of the road layout? Lets hope that old guy doesn't have to negotiate a railway crossing? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 5

2:02pm Thu 3 Apr 14

dorsetspeed says...

Rumble strips, wow, Poole Council really are smart. And apparently in response to an 86 year old actually driving through a barrier! One day they will understand that money should be spent against proper safety evaluations, not just reactions where freak incidents happen to occur or where a few people shout the loudest.

I wonder how much they cost? Judging by other council costs probably in excess of £50K.

Still they seem to at least have worked out that they need to close one bridge for maintenance at a time, well done Poole Council, there is hope yet.
Rumble strips, wow, Poole Council really are smart. And apparently in response to an 86 year old actually driving through a barrier! One day they will understand that money should be spent against proper safety evaluations, not just reactions where freak incidents happen to occur or where a few people shout the loudest. I wonder how much they cost? Judging by other council costs probably in excess of £50K. Still they seem to at least have worked out that they need to close one bridge for maintenance at a time, well done Poole Council, there is hope yet. dorsetspeed
  • Score: 4

2:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

live-and-let-live says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
the warning alarm was deafening when it was first installed. it could be heard in old orchard and Lagland street. it does not need to be louder. what is needed is for people to look where they are going if anyone manages to miss the alarm, flashing lights and barriers they shouldnt leave the house without a carer.
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]the warning alarm was deafening when it was first installed. it could be heard in old orchard and Lagland street. it does not need to be louder. what is needed is for people to look where they are going if anyone manages to miss the alarm, flashing lights and barriers they shouldnt leave the house without a carer. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 4

3:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

hamworthygirl says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
That should read the barrier doesnt work not lift
Yes it should to be honest
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]That should read the barrier doesnt work not lift[/p][/quote]Yes it should to be honest hamworthygirl
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

hamworthygirl says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Why the need for rumble strips if drivers cannot see the warning lights and see the barriers coming down ,should they actually be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle !
The lights are high up so im guessing if your looking ahead and driving fast its hard to see and if the barrier is slow coming down as well. All I know is I had a hard time hearing the warning so car drivers with radios on may not hear it.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Why the need for rumble strips if drivers cannot see the warning lights and see the barriers coming down ,should they actually be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle ![/p][/quote]The lights are high up so im guessing if your looking ahead and driving fast its hard to see and if the barrier is slow coming down as well. All I know is I had a hard time hearing the warning so car drivers with radios on may not hear it. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

hamworthygirl says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Why the need for rumble strips if drivers cannot see the warning lights and see the barriers coming down ,should they actually be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle !
The lights are high up so im guessing if your looking ahead and driving fast its hard to see and if the barrier is slow coming down as well. All I know is I had a hard time hearing the warning so car drivers with radios on may not hear it.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Why the need for rumble strips if drivers cannot see the warning lights and see the barriers coming down ,should they actually be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle ![/p][/quote]The lights are high up so im guessing if your looking ahead and driving fast its hard to see and if the barrier is slow coming down as well. All I know is I had a hard time hearing the warning so car drivers with radios on may not hear it. hamworthygirl
  • Score: -1

3:25pm Thu 3 Apr 14

hamworthygirl says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
the warning alarm was deafening when it was first installed. it could be heard in old orchard and Lagland street. it does not need to be louder. what is needed is for people to look where they are going if anyone manages to miss the alarm, flashing lights and barriers they shouldnt leave the house without a carer.
Fair enough comment im obviusly a complete idiot who should stay in , just pointing out facts that on that occasion I didnt see or hear the warning .
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]the warning alarm was deafening when it was first installed. it could be heard in old orchard and Lagland street. it does not need to be louder. what is needed is for people to look where they are going if anyone manages to miss the alarm, flashing lights and barriers they shouldnt leave the house without a carer.[/p][/quote]Fair enough comment im obviusly a complete idiot who should stay in , just pointing out facts that on that occasion I didnt see or hear the warning . hamworthygirl
  • Score: 0

3:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

hamworthygirl says...

Stereotyped wrote:
hamworthygirl wrote:
They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up
and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.
Extra warning? How about a bit of common sense.

Driving too fast? The speed limit is 30mph.
Speed limit maybe 30 but its not often cars keep to that
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[quote][p][bold]Stereotyped[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: They need extra warnings in place for motorist and pedestrians to warn of the brixge lifting. I was walking over twins sails one very windy and rainy morning and because my head was down against the weather I couldnt see the ljghts or hear the alarm very well and was lucky to glance up and see the lights flashing and had to run as k was halfway across. I can understand why the drivers may be unaware the bridge is lifting until the last minute especially if they are driving fast, and in some cases the barrier doesnt lift. The old bridge has a much louder alarm and clearer flashing lights, it may be old fashioned but its very effective.[/p][/quote]Extra warning? How about a bit of common sense. Driving too fast? The speed limit is 30mph.[/p][/quote]Speed limit maybe 30 but its not often cars keep to that . hamworthygirl
  • Score: -1

6:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Benagain says...

What a treat it has been this week being able to drive in and out of town without traffic lights at the Rigler Road junction.
Also rumble strips each side of Twin Sails will give me an even greater incentive to use Poole Bridge.
What a treat it has been this week being able to drive in and out of town without traffic lights at the Rigler Road junction. Also rumble strips each side of Twin Sails will give me an even greater incentive to use Poole Bridge. Benagain
  • Score: -1

9:33am Fri 4 Apr 14

skydriver says...

Well well another useless exercise by the council, it would have been better to spend the money on fixing the mechanical problems this bridge has been plagued with.
Well well another useless exercise by the council, it would have been better to spend the money on fixing the mechanical problems this bridge has been plagued with. skydriver
  • Score: -1

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