Weymouth Traffic Light Madness

The Weymouth relief road is now open, and I have to say that so far it seems to be a vast improvement over what er had previously. Crossing the Dorchester road is now a doddle as there is much less traffic and so you don’t need to muscle your way out.

However, I have to confess that I’m less than impressed with the rest of the changes Weymouth & Portland Council have out into place prior to the olympics in 2012.

At a time when most councils are being encouraged to replace traffic light controlled junctions with roundabouts to improve traffic flow, W&P council has decided to do the reverse and replace a number of roundabouts with junctions controlled by “intelligent” lights.

All I can say is that I can’t wait to see the chaos this causes in the peak holiday season.

Firstly, when the lights were turned on, there were no lines to indicate where traffic turning right needed to wait, and there were a number of near misses.

Then the council simply blames the all the problems with the junction on motorists not following the highway code, rather than admit they’ve made a balls up. They do however add lines to the junction to make it easier for motorists to position their vehicles when waiting to turn right. The also changed the phasing so that traffic turning right does not have to cross oncoming traffic, as turning traffic is controlled separately.

However, not only did the roundabout at the bottom of Boot Hill get replaced, but so did the mini roundabouts going up Boot Hill, so there are now 4 sets of lights as you go up Boot Hill. Basically this means that Boot Hill is almost permanently at a standstill, the junction at the bottom of boot hill is not hatched, so motorists simply sit in the middle of the junction, unable to move anywhere, then the lights change and nobody can move anywhere, cue gridlock and honking of horns.

Personally, I think that heads should roll over this cock up, but it seems like the council are unwilling to admit that they have got it wrong.

Probably all this grief has been caused so that when the Olympics are in Weymouth the nobs and sportsmen can have a priority route set up for them.

Please can we have the roundabouts back!!!!