IN 'Extension plans for hospital site' (Friday June 28th), we learn that the Royal Bournemouth Hospital have submitted a planning application for new facilities, including paediatric and maternity units. According to the article, more than 800 extra jobs would be created.

Whilst not commenting on the proposed facilities themselves, people should be aware that the extra traffic generated - probably somewhere in the region of 550 cars, based on a c67% share of all travel modes as noted in the Council's Transport Assessments for the separate Wessex Fields business park plans - will be in addition to that generated, should the business park development go ahead.

From a transport point of view, the combination of these developments will place an enormous extra burden on the already busy local roads network. It should be remembered that the primary purpose of the so-called 'A338-Wessex Fields Link' is not to alleviate congestion, but facilitate further development, thus adding significantly to current problems.


Throop Road, Bournemouth