Three weeks of overnight closures ahead on A31 at Ringwood from Monday

Three weeks of overnight closures ahead on A31 from Monday

Three weeks of overnight closures ahead on A31 from Monday

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THREE weeks of overnight closures will begin on the A31 from Monday as new signs are installed.

Different sections of the busy dual carriageway will be fully closed on various evenings from Monday August 18 until Monday September 8.

The new signage is a result of a long-running campaign by Ringwood Town Council and residents to improve the safety of the road after a number of serious accidents.

More than 70 new signs will be installed.

Full overnight closures of the westbound carriageway between the M27 and A338 Ringwood roundabout will take place between 10pm and 6am this Monday and Tuesday, Tuesday August 26, Wednesday August 27, Monday September 1 and Tuesday September 2.

Further overnight closures on the westbound carriageway between Poulner Hill and the Verwood Interchange are scheduled for Thursday August 28, Wednesday September 3, Thursday September 4 and Monday September 8.

The closures on the eastbound carriageway will be carried out between the Ashley Heath roundabout and the M27, between 10pm and 6am, on Wednesday August 20 and Thursday August 21.

Drivers travelling westbound will be diverted via the A326, A35, A3060 and A338 and those heading in the eastbound direction will be diverted via the A338, A3060, A35 and A326.

The work comes about after campaigners fought for the speed limit from Picket Post to Ringwood to be reduced to 50mph from 70mph, following a series of serious accidents.

But despite a major campaign, backed by residents and politicians, the Highways Agency said driver error rather than speed was to blame for the collisions and recommended improved signage.

Ringwood Town councillor, Michael Thierry has welcomed the start of the work.

He said: “I really do feel it will make life a lot easier for motorists.

“They will be much better informed of how the road system works.

“I hope they will yield a dramatic improvement. I have been a heavy critic of the Highways Agency but I am impressed with their plans.”

Philip Sheppard, Highways Agency asset manager said: “Safety is a top priority for the Highways Agency and the installation of these signs will help drivers on their journeys along the A31, helping them pick the right lanes for their trip and avoid last minute lane changes.

“Installing these signs will require overnight closures of the A31 but as well as installing these signs we will use this opportunity to carry out road surface repairs and maintenance work on roadside drainage.”

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2:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

I hope I am wrong but I don't think new signs will make any difference. The whole section from Ringwood roundabout to Ashley Heath roundabout needs redesigning. Will cost millions but how many lives need to be lost/impacted until this happens.
I hope I am wrong but I don't think new signs will make any difference. The whole section from Ringwood roundabout to Ashley Heath roundabout needs redesigning. Will cost millions but how many lives need to be lost/impacted until this happens. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 10

3:24pm Fri 15 Aug 14

EGHH says...

70 signs! Drivers not familiar with the road will be distracted by them and have more accidents. That's why some councils are reducing signage, but not our idiots!
70 signs! Drivers not familiar with the road will be distracted by them and have more accidents. That's why some councils are reducing signage, but not our idiots! EGHH
  • Score: 12

3:52pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

EGHH wrote:
70 signs! Drivers not familiar with the road will be distracted by them and have more accidents. That's why some councils are reducing signage, but not our idiots!
At least it's Ringwood this time and not Bmth or Poole :-)
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: 70 signs! Drivers not familiar with the road will be distracted by them and have more accidents. That's why some councils are reducing signage, but not our idiots![/p][/quote]At least it's Ringwood this time and not Bmth or Poole :-) bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Alantrom says...

Well, well, well.
Many years ago I contacted the Dept of TRansport, or whoever it was at the time, to suggest improvements to the signage having been carved up once more by someone making a very late change. I was told the signs met the standard as was when the road was built and that improving them and adding lighting so they were more visible after dark was not environmentally aceptable.
Here we are now and 70 signs to be in place at the end of the day. HOw many exist now I wonder and over what distance will these 70 be spread?
Well, well, well. Many years ago I contacted the Dept of TRansport, or whoever it was at the time, to suggest improvements to the signage having been carved up once more by someone making a very late change. I was told the signs met the standard as was when the road was built and that improving them and adding lighting so they were more visible after dark was not environmentally aceptable. Here we are now and 70 signs to be in place at the end of the day. HOw many exist now I wonder and over what distance will these 70 be spread? Alantrom
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sc61 says...

EGHH wrote:
70 signs! Drivers not familiar with the road will be distracted by them and have more accidents. That's why some councils are reducing signage, but not our idiots!
Indeed: the whole section from Picket Post to the Spur Road needs re-designing but that would cost serious money, so we get some cheap (relatively speaking) clutter instead.
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: 70 signs! Drivers not familiar with the road will be distracted by them and have more accidents. That's why some councils are reducing signage, but not our idiots![/p][/quote]Indeed: the whole section from Picket Post to the Spur Road needs re-designing but that would cost serious money, so we get some cheap (relatively speaking) clutter instead. sc61
  • Score: 5

7:04pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Tango Charlie says...

A major route for HGVs shut.. Why not do 1 lane at a time?
A major route for HGVs shut.. Why not do 1 lane at a time? Tango Charlie
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Alantrom wrote:
Well, well, well.
Many years ago I contacted the Dept of TRansport, or whoever it was at the time, to suggest improvements to the signage having been carved up once more by someone making a very late change. I was told the signs met the standard as was when the road was built and that improving them and adding lighting so they were more visible after dark was not environmentally aceptable.
Here we are now and 70 signs to be in place at the end of the day. HOw many exist now I wonder and over what distance will these 70 be spread?
You made the mistake of thinking they'd listen :-)
[quote][p][bold]Alantrom[/bold] wrote: Well, well, well. Many years ago I contacted the Dept of TRansport, or whoever it was at the time, to suggest improvements to the signage having been carved up once more by someone making a very late change. I was told the signs met the standard as was when the road was built and that improving them and adding lighting so they were more visible after dark was not environmentally aceptable. Here we are now and 70 signs to be in place at the end of the day. HOw many exist now I wonder and over what distance will these 70 be spread?[/p][/quote]You made the mistake of thinking they'd listen :-) bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 3

8:54am Thu 21 Aug 14

bournemouth1966 says...

Tango Charlie wrote:
A major route for HGVs shut.. Why not do 1 lane at a time?
Exactly.

I work north of Ringwood until late and on Tuesday there was an HGV who couldn't continue due to the bridge being too low for the trailer - Wickes delivery from memory.

Last night/this morning, Wednesday 20th/Tuesday 21st, the westbound carriageway was closed although all the posts about these closures showed it would be open - 1 hour to get back to Bournemouth because of the diversion through Christchurch, a journey that normally takes about 30-40 minutes!

Will it be closed again tonight and all over the weekend? If it had been announced correctly on the websites I would have found an alternative route.
[quote][p][bold]Tango Charlie[/bold] wrote: A major route for HGVs shut.. Why not do 1 lane at a time?[/p][/quote]Exactly. I work north of Ringwood until late and on Tuesday there was an HGV who couldn't continue due to the bridge being too low for the trailer - Wickes delivery from memory. Last night/this morning, Wednesday 20th/Tuesday 21st, the westbound carriageway was closed although all the posts about these closures showed it would be open - 1 hour to get back to Bournemouth because of the diversion through Christchurch, a journey that normally takes about 30-40 minutes! Will it be closed again tonight and all over the weekend? If it had been announced correctly on the websites I would have found an alternative route. bournemouth1966
  • Score: 0

10:29am Wed 27 Aug 14

najq70 says...

Travelling back from London last night (26th August) the M27 was shut Junction 2-1. The diversion was Southampton - Lyndhurst - Christchurch! I can't find any mention of this closure on any website, but it added at least 40 minutes to my journey!
Travelling back from London last night (26th August) the M27 was shut Junction 2-1. The diversion was Southampton - Lyndhurst - Christchurch! I can't find any mention of this closure on any website, but it added at least 40 minutes to my journey! najq70
  • Score: 0

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