News - Phase 1 of the Castle Lane West Traffic Management Proposals

NEW - Thursday, 26th June 2014 // UPDATED - Friday, 4th July 2014 // UPDATED - Monday, 23rd February 2015

NEW - Monday, 23rd February 2015

Email Reply from David Parke, Senior Engineer, Planning, Transport and Regulation Services, Bournemouth Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
18th February 2015
Re: re cycle way lights Castle Lane West

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

An important point to consider with this scheme is that it is being constructed in two phases. Phase 1 has a temporary re-alignment of the road and dropped kerb link which allows cyclists to bypass the junction. When Phase 2 (which is currently being constructed) is completed, the alignment of the cycle lane will improve and will all be joined up from Broadway Roundabout to just west of Yeomans Roundabout. Therefore motorists will also be more aware of the cycle facilities alongside them on Castle Lane West as there will be the kerbed segregated cycle lane adjacent to the vehicles.

As you may now be aware following extensive on site monitoring, we have made minor alterations to the traffic signal heads so that the two phases heading east (ahead and right turn) are now separated. Also the Red/Amber/Ahead signal has also been moved further away from the cycle traffic signals to further improve driver understanding.

We are currently in discussions with (Department for Transport) DfT with regard to installing the low level cycle aspects that were originally proposed. These currently require approval from the Secretary of State and are only on trial in London. However we are hoping to install these in April when they are made legal in the UK and will be one of the first Local Authorities to use these innovative features.

As a temporary measure to help re-enforce to cyclists to stop on red and for pedestrians to wait at the red/green man; we are going to install information signs on the cycle lane stop line approach and pedestrian waiting areas as soon as possible.

I trust this answers your questions.

Regards,
Dave Parke,
Senior Engineer, Planning, Transport and Regulation Services, Bournemouth Council

UPDATED - Friday, 4th July 2014

E-mail from David Parke, Senior Engineer, Planning, Transport and Regulation Services, Bournemouth Council to Bournemouth Councillors
3rd July 2014
UPDATE 1 - Information regarding improvements on Castle Lane West

Dear Councillors,

I wanted to update you on the arrangements for the Traffic Management starting next week on Castle Lane West.

Castle Lane West cycling and walking improvements Phase 1

The first phase of improvements on Castle Lane West will now commence on Monday 7th July after the morning peak.

Starting next week we have to replace the whole carriageway surface as an essential maintenance procedure. Initially this will involve the installation of three-way temporary lights with a temporary pedestrian crossing for approximately three weeks. We are advising commuters along Castle Lane West that this is expected to cause some delays during busy periods.

East Way at its junction with Castle Lane West will then be closed to traffic between the 25th July and 30th August. Residents will still be able to access their properties. There will be some delays during busy periods, however this will enable the works to be completed over a shorter time period and is expected to ease congestion.

During these improvements, we can assure you that various traffic measures will be put in place to keep disruption to a minimum where possible. If for whatever reason the traffic congestion situation becomes unacceptable we may have to consider closing East Way earlier than currently planned to allow 2-way lights to be in operation instead.

The first phase of the scheme is expected to be completed by the end of August 2014 pending no unforeseen issues arising during the works.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact me.

Regards,
Dave Parke,
Senior Engineer, Planning, Transport and Regulation Services, Bournemouth Council

NEW - Thursday, 26th June 2014

E-mail from David Parke, Senior Engineer, Planning, Transport and Regulation Services, Bournemouth Council to Bournemouth Councillors
25th June 2014
Castle Lane West - Traffic Management

Dear Councillors,

I wish to inform you of details regarding Phase 1 of the Castle Lane West Traffic Management proposals for the walking and cycling improvements.

Works are planned to start next week from Monday 30th June and be completed end of August 2014.

3 way temporary lights will be in operation from 7 - 25 July.

The northern end of East Way will be closed from 25 July till end of August allowing 2 way traffic flows to be maintained as much as possible on Castle Lane West. However there will be 2 way temporary lights required at certain times on Castle Lane West. Access for residents to East Way from the south will be unaffected.

Any temporary lights will have a bias on green time for W/B traffic to minimise disruption to traffic near Castle Point.

Commuters may experience some delays during the works in July mainly in the AM Peak but this should ease when the schools break for summer holidays. The closure of East Way should also further ease traffic flows.

To minimise the duration of disruption to traffic, we will be extending working hours 08:00-19:00 during the school holidays to ensure the scheme finishes in time for the start of the new school term.

A portable light controlled crossing will be in place during the works near East Way to ensure there is a safe means of crossing Castle Lane West.

If you have any further questions, please contact me.

Regards,
Dave Parke,
Senior Engineer, Planning, Transport and Regulation Services, Bournemouth Council