Turbary Park Avenue finally set to get crossing

Bournemouth Echo: Turbary Park Avenue finally set to get crossing Turbary Park Avenue finally set to get crossing

CAMPAIGNERS look set to win their battle for a safe place to cross a mile-long Bournemouth road.

Turbary Park Avenue has no crossing even though it runs 0.98 miles and is heavily used by traffic avoiding nearby Wallisdown Road.

The road is used by people visiting a nursery, a playground and an Age Concern centre, as well as by dog walkers going to the nearby common.

Residents were told last year they would have to go on waiting and that there had been no record of serious accidents involving pedestrians over the previous five years.

But now a crossing is to be installed after Bournemouth won £4.6million from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Ray Wills, chairman of the area’s ACT residents’ group, organised a petition over the issue which attracted hundreds of signatures last year.

“It’s fantastic – really good,” he said of the news.

“It’s so desperately needed. Initially there will be one on the Columbia Road end of Turbary Park Avenue. I think there are moves to get another one put up at the other end.

“All there are at the moment are cameras. Most traffic slows down for the cameras and speeds up again.”

He said there could also be measures to slow traffic for the benefit of people with disabilities.

Ian Kalra, Bournemouth Borough Council’s transportation services manager, said: “The work planned along Turbary Park Avenue is part of the council’s smarter travel initiatives which aim to encourage more cycling, walking, and bus use across Bournemouth. As part of this scheme we are currently looking to provide safe pedestrian and cycling routes along Turbary Park Avenue, which will also include a number of crossings in the area.”

The crossing near Turbary Park Day Centre should be up and running next spring, the council said.

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2:23pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Derf says...

Seeing as they've just got what they asked for, they don't half seem miserable!
Seeing as they've just got what they asked for, they don't half seem miserable! Derf
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2:39pm Mon 15 Oct 12

snowy123 says...

One of the biggest problems at this end of Turbary Park Avenue is the bus stop only a few yards away from the junction of Kinson Road. I notice there is no mention of re-siting this. I lived at the other end of Turbary Park Ave for 15 years and never had a problem crossing the the road so I would say a crossing there would be a total waste of resources.
One of the biggest problems at this end of Turbary Park Avenue is the bus stop only a few yards away from the junction of Kinson Road. I notice there is no mention of re-siting this. I lived at the other end of Turbary Park Ave for 15 years and never had a problem crossing the the road so I would say a crossing there would be a total waste of resources. snowy123
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3:17pm Mon 15 Oct 12

muscliffman says...

Derf wrote:
Seeing as they've just got what they asked for, they don't half seem miserable!
Who needs crossings and traffic calming, with those 'misery pic' looks nobody is goining anywhere near Turbary Park Avenue now.
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: Seeing as they've just got what they asked for, they don't half seem miserable![/p][/quote]Who needs crossings and traffic calming, with those 'misery pic' looks nobody is goining anywhere near Turbary Park Avenue now. muscliffman
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4:21pm Mon 15 Oct 12

oversixty says...

Hope that a crossing is placed near the speed camera in future as it's very difficult crossing at the entrance to Turbary Common!
Hope that a crossing is placed near the speed camera in future as it's very difficult crossing at the entrance to Turbary Common! oversixty
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5:54am Tue 16 Oct 12

Phixer says...

Derf wrote:
Seeing as they've just got what they asked for, they don't half seem miserable!
They clearly do not appreciate spending my tax money on their crossing.
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: Seeing as they've just got what they asked for, they don't half seem miserable![/p][/quote]They clearly do not appreciate spending my tax money on their crossing. Phixer
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3:32pm Tue 16 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

There are a lot of places more deserving than there,now watch the hold ups,and the traffic never did speed,on that section as bus stops, etc,there.As for hundreds of signatures,you will never see hundreds of people crossing there,some people will sign anything,just to get on their way.How come only 7 "users" in the photo,and where is the stream of vehicles,only 2 far side of photo and none near side ?.Lets see how many of them will walk a few yards and use the crossing.I suppose it makes,mr wills happy now ?.
There are a lot of places more deserving than there,now watch the hold ups,and the traffic never did speed,on that section as bus stops, etc,there.As for hundreds of signatures,you will never see hundreds of people crossing there,some people will sign anything,just to get on their way.How come only 7 "users" in the photo,and where is the stream of vehicles,only 2 far side of photo and none near side ?.Lets see how many of them will walk a few yards and use the crossing.I suppose it makes,mr wills happy now ?. pete woodley
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