Road scheme to encourage cycling, walking and use of public transport

Bournemouth Echo: INVESTMENT: Weymouth Relief Road between Littlemoor and Mount Pleasant INVESTMENT: Weymouth Relief Road between Littlemoor and Mount Pleasant

THE Weymouth to Dorchester corridor is set to get £2.4m to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

It includes a new Weymouth-Dorchester express bus service and expansion of local car clubs.

The scheme comes as part of a transport boost which will see the south west of England benefit from seven transport schemes.

The £26m of government funding was given the green light yesterday by Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Local councils will also make contributions to the schemes.

Mr Baker said: “The schemes we are funding will benefit those living in the south west by cutting carbon emissions, reducing congestion and stimulating economic growth in the area.

“We are signalling our commitment to green growth, which will help to kick-start economic activity in the region while improving access to healthier forms of transport.”

It is hoped that projects will reduce delays on the roads in urban areas, help tackle problems such as poor air quality and improve cycling and walking infrastructure.

The projects are among 30 successful bids receiving funding across England.

Councillor Pamela Nixon, who represents Wey Valley in Weymouth, said local people would really benefit from a new bus service.

She added: “I know a lot of people in Weymouth and Dorchester who now use public transport and leave their cars at home so would benefit from this.”

Others said the boost was positive but had concern over the more pressing transport issue of unclear road signs Councillor Ian Bruce, who represents Preston ward in Weymouth, said: “We are grateful for the government funds.

“It is important to encourage this initiative and visitors will have more options. However, we have a number of issues raised from our own relief road – such as unclear road signs and concern over visitors finding Weymouth, which is really important especially ahead of the Olympics.”

George and Jean Harris, the owners of The Bay Guest House in Waterloo Place, said such funds could be spent elsewhere.

Mr Harris added: “It is good that money is being spent here but our concern is that visitors can’t find Weymouth due to unclear road signs. This money could be spent elsewhere on more important things.”

Projects are designed to help reduce the £11billion lost each year to delays by making it easier for people to access work and school.

Bournemouth is also set to get £4.6m for a package of measures to encourage cycling and walking in the town.

Building on relief road benefits

A SPOKESMAN for Dorset County Council said: “Dorset County Council has been awarded £2.4m of funding by the Department of Transport towards a programme of sustainable transport measures which will be delivered over the next three years. “The money will contribute towards £6.2m of improvements in the Weymouth-Dorchester area.

“The improvements will benefit bus users, cyclists and local businesses.

“The programme will build on the benefits gained from the Weymouth Relief Road and Weymouth Transport Package and will include better, faster bus services between Weymouth and Dorchester, more dedicated cycle routes in the towns and measures to further reduce traffic congestion.”

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11:11am Fri 25 May 12

Desk24 says...

This is good you can watch birds fly in the sky.
This is good you can watch birds fly in the sky. Desk24
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11:25am Fri 25 May 12

LaughingGnome says...

I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists.

There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout.

Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth.
I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists. There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout. Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth. LaughingGnome
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11:36am Fri 25 May 12

scubadude says...

LaughingGnome wrote:
I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists.

There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout.

Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth.
You mean the cycle path down Radipole Park Drive, around the Swannary Carpark, across Westham Bridge which licks to the Chafeys side path and tunnels to Rodwell trail? The only park "missing" is 200yards from Morrisons over Icen Road but thats hardly a big deal is it?
[quote][p][bold]LaughingGnome[/bold] wrote: I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists. There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout. Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth.[/p][/quote]You mean the cycle path down Radipole Park Drive, around the Swannary Carpark, across Westham Bridge which licks to the Chafeys side path and tunnels to Rodwell trail? The only park "missing" is 200yards from Morrisons over Icen Road but thats hardly a big deal is it? scubadude
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12:04pm Fri 25 May 12

tedbungy says...

Express bus!! problem with this is the drivers who wont go above 40MPH, Iam not saying go over the speed limit but the queues from the roundabout by the football ground into Weymouth are caused by drivers that just wont get on.

It should have been dual carrige way
Express bus!! problem with this is the drivers who wont go above 40MPH, Iam not saying go over the speed limit but the queues from the roundabout by the football ground into Weymouth are caused by drivers that just wont get on. It should have been dual carrige way tedbungy
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1:10pm Fri 25 May 12

dynarob says...

tedbungy wrote:
Express bus!! problem with this is the drivers who wont go above 40MPH, Iam not saying go over the speed limit but the queues from the roundabout by the football ground into Weymouth are caused by drivers that just wont get on.

It should have been dual carrige way
Agreed, 40MPH is very frustrating and dangerous. Some speed limit signs for drivers going towards Weymouth would help edumacate them. There are signs going north but none for those coming south.

Perhaps the DoT could give the council a few more £Ms towards a couple of national speed limit signs.
[quote][p][bold]tedbungy[/bold] wrote: Express bus!! problem with this is the drivers who wont go above 40MPH, Iam not saying go over the speed limit but the queues from the roundabout by the football ground into Weymouth are caused by drivers that just wont get on. It should have been dual carrige way[/p][/quote]Agreed, 40MPH is very frustrating and dangerous. Some speed limit signs for drivers going towards Weymouth would help edumacate them. There are signs going north but none for those coming south. Perhaps the DoT could give the council a few more £Ms towards a couple of national speed limit signs. dynarob
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1:14pm Fri 25 May 12

Crabber says...

scubadude wrote:
LaughingGnome wrote:
I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists.

There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout.

Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth.
You mean the cycle path down Radipole Park Drive, around the Swannary Carpark, across Westham Bridge which licks to the Chafeys side path and tunnels to Rodwell trail? The only park "missing" is 200yards from Morrisons over Icen Road but thats hardly a big deal is it?
Are these the bl**dy cycle paths that the idiot's who don't use them keep on moaning about the lack of them.Money should & could be spent better elsewhere. Bu then again if they waste £300,000+ on they stone birds nests they can waste cash anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LaughingGnome[/bold] wrote: I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists. There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout. Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth.[/p][/quote]You mean the cycle path down Radipole Park Drive, around the Swannary Carpark, across Westham Bridge which licks to the Chafeys side path and tunnels to Rodwell trail? The only park "missing" is 200yards from Morrisons over Icen Road but thats hardly a big deal is it?[/p][/quote]Are these the bl**dy cycle paths that the idiot's who don't use them keep on moaning about the lack of them.Money should & could be spent better elsewhere. Bu then again if they waste £300,000+ on they stone birds nests they can waste cash anywhere. Crabber
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3:39pm Fri 25 May 12

LaughingGnome says...

Crabber wrote:
scubadude wrote:
LaughingGnome wrote:
I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists.

There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout.

Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth.
You mean the cycle path down Radipole Park Drive, around the Swannary Carpark, across Westham Bridge which licks to the Chafeys side path and tunnels to Rodwell trail? The only park "missing" is 200yards from Morrisons over Icen Road but thats hardly a big deal is it?
Are these the bl**dy cycle paths that the idiot's who don't use them keep on moaning about the lack of them.Money should & could be spent better elsewhere. Bu then again if they waste £300,000+ on they stone birds nests they can waste cash anywhere.
I agree, as a cyclist, motorcycles and motorist myself, there is nothing more annoying than seeing a d@#khead riding a pushbike along Preston beach road thinking that BOTH the dedicated cycles paths on either side of him are for "amateur" cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]Crabber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LaughingGnome[/bold] wrote: I wonder if any money will be spend on the obvious "missing link" for cyclists. There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout. Until that's done, people can't cycle safely to the Granby or Chickerell from that side of Weymouth.[/p][/quote]You mean the cycle path down Radipole Park Drive, around the Swannary Carpark, across Westham Bridge which licks to the Chafeys side path and tunnels to Rodwell trail? The only park "missing" is 200yards from Morrisons over Icen Road but thats hardly a big deal is it?[/p][/quote]Are these the bl**dy cycle paths that the idiot's who don't use them keep on moaning about the lack of them.Money should & could be spent better elsewhere. Bu then again if they waste £300,000+ on they stone birds nests they can waste cash anywhere.[/p][/quote]I agree, as a cyclist, motorcycles and motorist myself, there is nothing more annoying than seeing a d@#khead riding a pushbike along Preston beach road thinking that BOTH the dedicated cycles paths on either side of him are for "amateur" cyclists. LaughingGnome
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4:00pm Fri 25 May 12

Lizzy Bennett says...

Good. Time for us motorists to think about more healthy and environmentally friendly options./
Good. Time for us motorists to think about more healthy and environmentally friendly options./ Lizzy Bennett
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5:11pm Fri 25 May 12

roger goss says...

Iv used the road once, in April this year when I visited the UK, what a poor excuse for a road, round a bouts to no where, open the old road and turn the new one into a cycle track, its wide enough for that.
Iv used the road once, in April this year when I visited the UK, what a poor excuse for a road, round a bouts to no where, open the old road and turn the new one into a cycle track, its wide enough for that. roger goss
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5:12pm Fri 25 May 12

roger goss says...

Iv used the road once, in April this year when I visited the UK, what a poor excuse for a road, round a bouts to no where, open the old road and turn the new one into a cycle track, its wide enough for that.
Iv used the road once, in April this year when I visited the UK, what a poor excuse for a road, round a bouts to no where, open the old road and turn the new one into a cycle track, its wide enough for that. roger goss
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5:33pm Fri 25 May 12

trymybest says...

l understand SKANSKA made a loss on the construction of the new road to the tune of £2.4 million pounds, is the real reason we are getting £2.4 millions, is to finish to job that SKANSKA walked away from.
l understand SKANSKA made a loss on the construction of the new road to the tune of £2.4 million pounds, is the real reason we are getting £2.4 millions, is to finish to job that SKANSKA walked away from. trymybest
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8:33pm Fri 25 May 12

keeman says...

LaughingGnome says...
11:25am Fri 25 May 12


“There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout.”

Morissons roundabout? Wrong name, but we all know where he means.
What about Jurassic, Veasta and Harriers roundabouts? I’ll bet many of you will not know which is which. So much for silly names!
LaughingGnome says... 11:25am Fri 25 May 12 “There is no cycle path that links the two main cycle networks between Morissons roundabout and chafeys roundabout.” Morissons roundabout? Wrong name, but we all know where he means. What about Jurassic, Veasta and Harriers roundabouts? I’ll bet many of you will not know which is which. So much for silly names! keeman
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8:59pm Fri 25 May 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Because I went past there today, I know that 'Jurasick' is the one with the silly rocks on sticks and a pool of gungy water.
Because I went past there today, I know that 'Jurasick' is the one with the silly rocks on sticks and a pool of gungy water. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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12:21pm Sat 26 May 12

dontbuyit says...

Isn't it about time some money was spent on the traffic going thru Dorchester High St? Pollution is sky high and it can take 15 mins to get from top of town roundabout to Greys Bridge at the bottom.
Isn't it about time some money was spent on the traffic going thru Dorchester High St? Pollution is sky high and it can take 15 mins to get from top of town roundabout to Greys Bridge at the bottom. dontbuyit
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2:22pm Sat 26 May 12

Artstudent says...

What about when you get to Dorch and have to cross one of the busiest junctions in Dorset with no safe crossing point? Who thought that one up? And Laughing Gnome and Crabber, cyclists are entitled to use the road if we want and are not in your way, you are in ours.
What about when you get to Dorch and have to cross one of the busiest junctions in Dorset with no safe crossing point? Who thought that one up? And Laughing Gnome and Crabber, cyclists are entitled to use the road if we want and are not in your way, you are in ours. Artstudent
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8:23pm Sat 26 May 12

Nomalice says...

If there is nothing to moan about, you can bet on the OPEC readers finding something. Before the new road, the traffic was moving too slow or not at all. Now the buses are not moving fast enough.Oh and the cycle paths are only joined by highways and byways.Skanska,appea
r to me to have done a good job,on time and within budget. We have another £2.4million to spend on further improvements. We are on the world map due to the Olympics, and Council Tax is frozen.The Sun is shining,England are winning.Only needs Englebert to bring home "the bacon" tonight and everything will be 'perfick'. Come On! Be positive!
If there is nothing to moan about, you can bet on the OPEC readers finding something. Before the new road, the traffic was moving too slow or not at all. Now the buses are not moving fast enough.Oh and the cycle paths are only joined by highways and byways.Skanska,appea r to me to have done a good job,on time and within budget. We have another £2.4million to spend on further improvements. We are on the world map due to the Olympics, and Council Tax is frozen.The Sun is shining,England are winning.Only needs Englebert to bring home "the bacon" tonight and everything will be 'perfick'. Come On! Be positive! Nomalice
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11:39pm Sat 26 May 12

portland rebel says...

now matter how much i bet its wasted like every other penny the council gets hold of.
now matter how much i bet its wasted like every other penny the council gets hold of. portland rebel
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12:49pm Mon 28 May 12

Monmouthsman says...

As a motorist, cyclist and pedestrian.
Mainly to scubadude - The cycle route suggested via Westham bridge clearly is way too long to attract would be cycling commuters to the Granby area and the missing link from Manor roundabout to Radipole Park Drive will put off the less confident recreational cyclists. The missing cycleway link between Manor and Chaffeys roundabouts really is significant and almost as important as the missing link between Lodmoor and the main towncentre Esplande road. perhpaps some of the money could also be used to take out the blind bends near junctions designed in to the new cycle paths and improving that dangerous junction north of Morrisons between the new relief road and the railway line too.
As a motorist, cyclist and pedestrian. Mainly to scubadude - The cycle route suggested via Westham bridge clearly is way too long to attract would be cycling commuters to the Granby area and the missing link from Manor roundabout to Radipole Park Drive will put off the less confident recreational cyclists. The missing cycleway link between Manor and Chaffeys roundabouts really is significant and almost as important as the missing link between Lodmoor and the main towncentre Esplande road. perhpaps some of the money could also be used to take out the blind bends near junctions designed in to the new cycle paths and improving that dangerous junction north of Morrisons between the new relief road and the railway line too. Monmouthsman
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2:36pm Mon 28 May 12

Dr Brendan Webster says...

We could have provided a cycleway from Waterloo Place to the Town Centre if, in the recent reorganisation of Weymouth's traffic, we had made the Esplanade one-way from Alexandra Gardens to Kings Street, and we dumped the pointless bus lane from Kings Street to Waterloo Place.
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In many cases cyclists might find learning the residential roads would help them plan to avoid busy main roads. But I agree getting from Manor roundabout to Chaffey's roundabout is problematic and there ought to be a cycle lane in each direction. Chaffey's roundabout itself would remain tricky but if proper road crossings were provided for pedestrians, cyclists could also use them.
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I think planners do not do enough for pedestrians - developments often do not include sufficient pedestrian permeability forcing them to walk and extra 50 metres or what ever - nothing to those on wheels but significant to pedestrians. Road planners also do not cater sufficiently well for those on foot. Every extra 10 metres and every minute wait for a crossing light contributes to people taking chances or dissuades them from walking.
We could have provided a cycleway from Waterloo Place to the Town Centre if, in the recent reorganisation of Weymouth's traffic, we had made the Esplanade one-way from Alexandra Gardens to Kings Street, and we dumped the pointless bus lane from Kings Street to Waterloo Place. . In many cases cyclists might find learning the residential roads would help them plan to avoid busy main roads. But I agree getting from Manor roundabout to Chaffey's roundabout is problematic and there ought to be a cycle lane in each direction. Chaffey's roundabout itself would remain tricky but if proper road crossings were provided for pedestrians, cyclists could also use them. . I think planners do not do enough for pedestrians - developments often do not include sufficient pedestrian permeability forcing them to walk and extra 50 metres or what ever - nothing to those on wheels but significant to pedestrians. Road planners also do not cater sufficiently well for those on foot. Every extra 10 metres and every minute wait for a crossing light contributes to people taking chances or dissuades them from walking. Dr Brendan Webster
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9:12pm Mon 28 May 12

weymouth1990 says...

what a waste of money, i cycle from wyke to dorch 5 days a week.
what a waste of money, i cycle from wyke to dorch 5 days a week. weymouth1990
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11:49pm Wed 30 May 12

Desk24 says...

Cycling paths into countryside are super. Good for health.
Cycling paths into countryside are super. Good for health. Desk24
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