Half-term traffic causes gridlock in Purbeck

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THE sheer volume of half-term traffic brought a busy Purbeck road to a standstill yesterday.

The A351 from the Wareham bypass roundabout at the junction of the A352 towards Poole was blocked solid yesterday morning, with 20 minute delays being forecast on local radio.

Dorset County Council, which had no roadworks taking place, sent an employee out to investigate and concluded it was the amount of holiday traffic that was causing the holdup.

Some frustrated motorists performed u-turns to find another way round the bottleneck and continued their journeys.

However today resurfacing work is due to start on the A35 both ways between the Bere Regis roundabout and the B3075 Quarr Hill at Morden Park Corner. The off-peak work will involve stop/go boards and is due to last until Friday.

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8:39am Wed 28 May 14

In Absentia says...

Seriously? You're reporting that this road was busy? It's like that most summer weekends! Good grief.
Seriously? You're reporting that this road was busy? It's like that most summer weekends! Good grief. In Absentia
  • Score: 12

9:04am Wed 28 May 14

Stirling151 says...

Dorset county council sent an employee out to investigate, and concluded it was the amount of holiday traffic which was causing the hold up. Rather than the obvious alien spaceship landing on the Bakers Arms roundabout.
Dorset county council sent an employee out to investigate, and concluded it was the amount of holiday traffic which was causing the hold up. Rather than the obvious alien spaceship landing on the Bakers Arms roundabout. Stirling151
  • Score: 7

9:20am Wed 28 May 14

anotherfatslob says...

Cars suck satan's ****.
Cars suck satan's ****. anotherfatslob
  • Score: -4

9:29am Wed 28 May 14

billy bumble says...

What's the latest on the bypass? - in limbo again presumably?
What's the latest on the bypass? - in limbo again presumably? billy bumble
  • Score: 1

9:30am Wed 28 May 14

Red Leader 1 says...

Railway line from Wareham cant re-open soon enough!
Problem solved :)
Railway line from Wareham cant re-open soon enough! Problem solved :) Red Leader 1
  • Score: -3

9:37am Wed 28 May 14

Trovador says...

Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils.
Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils. Trovador
  • Score: 10

10:11am Wed 28 May 14

angrymob1 says...

They didn't look very hard then as the roadworks as reported by Trovador were the issue. The delays were much more than 30 mins too.....
They didn't look very hard then as the roadworks as reported by Trovador were the issue. The delays were much more than 30 mins too..... angrymob1
  • Score: 4

10:14am Wed 28 May 14

Watchful_Eye says...

Trovador wrote:
Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils.
it's spring - the time of year for transplanting your lamp-posts!

strangely the guy holding the "stop go" board had a DCC Highways hi viz jacket on!
[quote][p][bold]Trovador[/bold] wrote: Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils.[/p][/quote]it's spring - the time of year for transplanting your lamp-posts! strangely the guy holding the "stop go" board had a DCC Highways hi viz jacket on! Watchful_Eye
  • Score: 12

1:07pm Wed 28 May 14

Cordite says...

Trovador wrote:
Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils.
Your right about the cycleway from the Bakers Arms south. I am starting to not use it as its regularly blocked by the horse fraternity by the Bakers Arms tending their horses (So they don't have to drive into a muddy field). DCC failing to maintain it - hedges cut only twice in the last three years, once before the major resurfacing and once again before the Bakers Arms resurfacing, never swept, tree branches at head height when on a bike........back cycling on the road again holding up the traffic - enjoy.
[quote][p][bold]Trovador[/bold] wrote: Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils.[/p][/quote]Your right about the cycleway from the Bakers Arms south. I am starting to not use it as its regularly blocked by the horse fraternity by the Bakers Arms tending their horses (So they don't have to drive into a muddy field). DCC failing to maintain it - hedges cut only twice in the last three years, once before the major resurfacing and once again before the Bakers Arms resurfacing, never swept, tree branches at head height when on a bike........back cycling on the road again holding up the traffic - enjoy. Cordite
  • Score: 6

1:26pm Wed 28 May 14

Watchful_Eye says...

Cordite wrote:
Trovador wrote: Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils.
Your right about the cycleway from the Bakers Arms south. I am starting to not use it as its regularly blocked by the horse fraternity by the Bakers Arms tending their horses (So they don't have to drive into a muddy field). DCC failing to maintain it - hedges cut only twice in the last three years, once before the major resurfacing and once again before the Bakers Arms resurfacing, never swept, tree branches at head height when on a bike........back cycling on the road again holding up the traffic - enjoy.
Time for a Public Enquiry after some serious investigative journalism by The Echo?
[quote][p][bold]Cordite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trovador[/bold] wrote: Wrongo ! The north-bound hold-up from the Worgret roundabout along the by-pass right to the Sandford pub was entirely due to a manual Stop-Go 'system' for the electricity company lorry parked on the road on work being carried out for . . . . . . . you guessed it ! . . . . . .the £££ CYCLE WAY £££. It will never be used enough to justify the vast expense and endless disruption. Look at the pavement/cycleway south from the Baker's Arms - hardly ever a cyclist or walker. All down to a few cycling wackos on the councils.[/p][/quote]Your right about the cycleway from the Bakers Arms south. I am starting to not use it as its regularly blocked by the horse fraternity by the Bakers Arms tending their horses (So they don't have to drive into a muddy field). DCC failing to maintain it - hedges cut only twice in the last three years, once before the major resurfacing and once again before the Bakers Arms resurfacing, never swept, tree branches at head height when on a bike........back cycling on the road again holding up the traffic - enjoy.[/p][/quote]Time for a Public Enquiry after some serious investigative journalism by The Echo? Watchful_Eye
  • Score: 7

6:20pm Wed 28 May 14

Yankee1 says...

billy bumble wrote:
What's the latest on the bypass? - in limbo again presumably?
It has been mooted for 25 years. I rank it with the Loch Ness Monster for credibility.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: What's the latest on the bypass? - in limbo again presumably?[/p][/quote]It has been mooted for 25 years. I rank it with the Loch Ness Monster for credibility. Yankee1
  • Score: -6

6:21pm Wed 28 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Red Leader 1 wrote:
Railway line from Wareham cant re-open soon enough!
Problem solved :)
Correction:

Swanage to Poole....via Wareham.
[quote][p][bold]Red Leader 1[/bold] wrote: Railway line from Wareham cant re-open soon enough! Problem solved :)[/p][/quote]Correction: Swanage to Poole....via Wareham. Yankee1
  • Score: -7

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