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!!!!

Photo365 – 4 Mar 2011

Perfectly Framed

Perfectly Framed

Today I’d decided that the theme was going to be “abstract” and spent the morning wandering the streets of Weymouth taking various abstract shots.  I managed to get several that I was happy with over at the Nothe Fort, but when I stopped for Coffee at the Brunches Café, the striking lines formed by the bright blue piped that were framed by the café window grabbed my attention.

Photo365 – 25 Feb 2011

Roe Deer in Afternoon Sunlight

The Road to God is Never Closed

This church in Weymouth quite often has witty signs outside to try and tempt new worshippers in, and given the traffic chaos that is Weymouth and the proximity of this church to the chaos that was the junction at the bottom of Boot Hill, this sign seemed to be particularly appropriate.

Photo365 – 6 Feb 2011

The Esplanade Lit Up

The Esplanade (Weymouth)

I think that this terrace of town houses is lovely, and when I drove past tonight and saw them all illuminated, I couldn’t resist.

I really like the texture that the floodlights pick up in the brickwork.

Photo365 – 24 Jan 2011

2011-01-24

Weymouth Sunset

Amanda and I were given a canvas of an image similar to this as an engagement present.  I fell in love with the image as soon as I saw it, and the photographer told me how he had taken it.

As there was a bit of a sunset glow over Weymouth this afternoon, I thought I’d have a try at capturing a similar image.

The image was taken by smoothly and slowly panning the camera (by rotating the monopod) during a 1/2 second exposure.  This was shot in RAW, so I set the white balance to shade to warm the image, and increased the colour saturation slightly in Digital Photo Professional.

I’m very pleased with the result, and think the I have succeeded in getting just enough blur to give the image an artistic feel, whilst still maintaining enough detail to show that it is a photograph and not a painting.