LiveA338 Spur Road reopened after cow on the loose causes traffic chaos

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Summary

  • A cow on the loose caused delays on Bournemouth's A338 Spur Road.
  • The northbound carriageway was closed between Blackwater and Ashley Heath, while police escorted traffic between Ashley Heath and Blackwater at a slow speed.
  • Other routes were extremely busy including the A35 Christchurch Road and the A31 at Ferndown.
  • The cow has been caught and is now in a field.

3:23pm

Photographer Corin has been out to see the accident on the A338, and has reported back that a vehicle has come to a halt in the nearside lane.

It's been coned off but traffic is still able to move. Police are on the scene but it's not looking to be serious.

3:16pm

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3:00pm

There's been a crash on the northbound carriageway of the A338, police have confirmed.

A spokesperson for the force said officers were called at around 2.40pm by the ambulance service.

She added: "The single-vehicle collision took place in the northbound carriageway's nearside lane around 200 metres before Matchams."

We're trying to find more information on this now and will update the blog as soon as we can.

2:52pm

Dorset Traffic Police have tweeted about a collision on the A338 Spur Road northbound

2:04pm

Our traffic feed is reporting that the earlier long delays on the A338 Northbound between B3073 (Blackwater Junction) and A31 (Ashley Heath) have now cleared. 

1:18pm

We've heard from the police who say the cow has been caught, is now in a field and traffic is moving. 

1:16pm

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1:11pm

We've just been sent these pictures back from Corin

Bournemouth Echo:

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1:07pm

The northbound carriageway is now open, police are still on the scene. 

1:06pm

Our reporter Toby says most of the drivers sat on the A338 have switched off their engines but a few drivers are trying to turn around. 

Chris Nicholls, who is travelling to Southampton on a National Express coach, has been stuck on the flyover for the past half an hour.

He said: “The Spur Road looks like a car park, with a lot of people getting out of their vehicles to get some fresh air and try and see what’s happening. But all you can see is traffic, no-one has any idea what is going on.

“I wish I had got the train, I would have been there by now. There has been no information given to us whatsoever and people are getting annoyed

1:03pm

We've heard from the police who say the southbound carriageway is open but it is being controlled by police so drivers are being escorted at a slow speed. 

1:00pm

We've just been trying to get some clarification from the police on the road closures. 

At the moment it looks like the southbound carriageway is closed from Ashley Heath. There's talk of a slow release of traffic from that area but we're waiting to hear more on this. 

12:58pm

The situation with road closures keeps changing so here's what we know so far:

The northbound carriageway is closed from Blackwater to Ashley Heath

Traffic southbound is being escorted by police between Ashley Heath and Blackwater

12:48pm

Here's some video footage of the traffic from a little earlier on taken from the footbridge before Blackwater Junction

12:42pm

 

12:38pm

The cow is currently at the electricity pylons by Blackwater 

12:35pm

Our photographer says the Avon Causeway is still closed in the direction of Sopley. 

12:30pm

It is believed the cow is in woodland behind Christchurch Football Club at Hurn.

Officers are trying to ensure the cow does not escape from the woodland. 

12:26pm

12:26pm

We've heard that the police helicopter has been joining in with the search 

12:24pm

We've just heard from our photographer Corin who says that Matchams Lane is open but the Avon Causeway from Hurn Post Office is closed. 

More on this as we get it. 

12:23pm

Police are now diverting traffic off the A338 at Blackwater Junction

 

12:18pm

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12:05pm

The police were unable to give any details on whether the Spur Road was still closed as a result. 

12:04pm

We've been speaking to Dorset Police who said at 11.51am a cow was running on the causeway in Hurn Village 

A police spokesperson said there was a road closure on at Hurn roundabout as a result of this. They are not sure whether this is the same cow. 

 

 

12:01pm

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11:59am

Drivers are reporting delays of around an hour heading out of Bournemouth

11:56am

We've been sent this picture of traffic a standstill at the Cooper Dean flyover. 

Bournemouth Echo:

11:49am

The northbound carriageway of the A338 between the Springbourne Roundabout and Blackwater has been closed.

 

 

11:44am

Russell Pickard, a truck driver, was driving along the A338 when the incident happened.

He said: “It’s causing huge tail backs, all the way past the Boscombe exit. There was a farmer’s tractor parked on the other side of the carriageway and the police helicopter was above as well searching for it, and all the patrol cars went past us.

“We don’t know where the cow went after.

“The only cows I have ever seen were penned in a field, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this.”

11:42am

Sounds like the cow is causing major traffic problems across Bournemouth!

Travel Dorset have said there are delays on the Wessex Way northbound, Castle Lanes West and East and northbound towards Blackwater.

11:38am

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11:36am

POLICE have been called after reports of a cow seen wandering on the A338 Spur Road.

The cow, which has been jumping between both carriageways, was last seen near the Blackwater junction after jumping a barrier near Matchams, a Dorset Police spokesperson said.

Dorset Police have initiated rolling road blocks. 

Traffic is backed up to Queens Park northbound. 

The incident was reported to officers around 10.25am and police are assisting in trying to get the animal to safety.

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11:52am Tue 12 Aug 14

funkyferret says...

It needs to be 'Moooooooved' on quickly ...
It needs to be 'Moooooooved' on quickly ... funkyferret
  • Score: -2

12:09pm Tue 12 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Mad cow on the loose!!!
Mad cow on the loose!!! FerryFan
  • Score: -2

12:09pm Tue 12 Aug 14

LordLilliput says...

Road closed.. Police helicopter deployed.. A cow jumping between carriageways.. I've enabled Automatic Updates and am eagerly awaiting the next development in this exciting saga :-)
Road closed.. Police helicopter deployed.. A cow jumping between carriageways.. I've enabled Automatic Updates and am eagerly awaiting the next development in this exciting saga :-) LordLilliput
  • Score: 6

12:13pm Tue 12 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.
Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 5

12:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

LordLilliput says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.
My thoughts exactly. Inconsiderate cow.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. Inconsiderate cow. LordLilliput
  • Score: 4

12:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

They should have used an udder route.
They should have used an udder route. BIGTONE
  • Score: 7

12:24pm Tue 12 Aug 14

dobby1 says...

LordLilliput wrote:
bobthedestroyer wrote: Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.
My thoughts exactly. Inconsiderate cow.
Ok, no need to milk it.
[quote][p][bold]LordLilliput[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: Clearly this cow has no regard to other road users and the inconvenience it is causing.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. Inconsiderate cow.[/p][/quote]Ok, no need to milk it. dobby1
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Apparently traffic is moo-ving well in the udder direction.....
Apparently traffic is moo-ving well in the udder direction..... Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 4

12:44pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

Wonder if the #a338cow is an 'Uddersfield fan still smarting at Saturday's thrashing by the Cherries
Wonder if the #a338cow is an 'Uddersfield fan still smarting at Saturday's thrashing by the Cherries Jim_Springbourne
  • Score: 2

12:48pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

The police have to make a thorough search, especially after the tragedy a few months ago when horses were loose on the A31, when they thought the road was clear , opened it, and a motorcyclist was killed. Albeit now a daylight hours incident, a cow is a large enough animal to do some serious damage.
The police have to make a thorough search, especially after the tragedy a few months ago when horses were loose on the A31, when they thought the road was clear , opened it, and a motorcyclist was killed. Albeit now a daylight hours incident, a cow is a large enough animal to do some serious damage. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: 14

1:14pm Tue 12 Aug 14

new2it says...

FerryFan wrote:
Mad cow on the loose!!!
Is this the same one who glassed somebody in Bournemouth?
[quote][p][bold]FerryFan[/bold] wrote: Mad cow on the loose!!![/p][/quote]Is this the same one who glassed somebody in Bournemouth? new2it
  • Score: 7

1:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Huey says...

shoot it
shoot it Huey
  • Score: -3

1:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Branksome snail says...

At this moment almost three hours into this drama. Just catch the thing. Seriously, even cows are able to give police the runaround!!
And yes i know about the horse incident, but I'm not saying let the traffic go, just catch the animal!!
At this moment almost three hours into this drama. Just catch the thing. Seriously, even cows are able to give police the runaround!! And yes i know about the horse incident, but I'm not saying let the traffic go, just catch the animal!! Branksome snail
  • Score: -4

1:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Farmer is probably stressed to the eyeballs. I wonder if this cow decided to take a different route even being led across the spur road?
Farmer is probably stressed to the eyeballs. I wonder if this cow decided to take a different route even being led across the spur road? bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

mark.s says...

The council obviously need to beef up the fencing near the road.
The council obviously need to beef up the fencing near the road. mark.s
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Understated says...

what they should have done is let the public try to catch it, whoever catches it gets to eat it. that would be a problem solved!
what they should have done is let the public try to catch it, whoever catches it gets to eat it. that would be a problem solved! Understated
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Franks Tank says...

They don't even pay "Road Fund Licence" you know.
Is it wearing a helmet?
They don't even pay "Road Fund Licence" you know. Is it wearing a helmet? Franks Tank
  • Score: 2

2:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jimbob32 says...

But are they sure they actually have captured the cow? or did have they just decided to open the road, like they did a few months ago, and then killed someone. Looks like they actually bothered to wait for the helicopeter to arrive this time as well. Maybe they have learnt their lesson - animals are unpredicatble.
But are they sure they actually have captured the cow? or did have they just decided to open the road, like they did a few months ago, and then killed someone. Looks like they actually bothered to wait for the helicopeter to arrive this time as well. Maybe they have learnt their lesson - animals are unpredicatble. jimbob32
  • Score: -4

2:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

It's ok looks like traffic is mooving again.

Thank god there was only one cow.

The people in the photo are clearly not amoosed it took them so long.
It's ok looks like traffic is mooving again. Thank god there was only one cow. The people in the photo are clearly not amoosed it took them so long. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Not a good day for the A338, or the person in the car
Not a good day for the A338, or the person in the car bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 0

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