Remaining works

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The hairpin bend which has now gone (large version)

Although the main carriageway has been opened, work is continuing to finish other areas of the scheme.

The park and ride is programmed to be open during late May, as will the remaining cycleway links in the Lodmoor area.

Work is continuing on the new Littlemoor Road. The ‘off-line’ sections of road, which don’t currently have any traffic running on them, will be finished during May.

Work will then start on the complicated tie-in where the new road crosses the existing road near to Gould’s Garden Centre. It is likely that extensive traffic management will be needed to complete this small joining section.

The new cycleways along Littlemoor Road will be finished as the adjacent road work is completed. All the Littlemoor Road works should be finished by the end of July.

The Bincombe junction is programmed to open during July, as is the section of cycleway between the old hairpin bend and the Ridgeway bridge.

During the autumn any outstanding planting will be finished.

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19 Responses to “Remaining works”

  1. Paul Carrera Says:

    You have stated that the park and ride will open late May ! But it is still not open , so when exactly is it going to open and whats been the holdup ?

  2. Richard Says:

    Not really stating the obvious but Littlemoor road looks far from completion and we are well into May perhaps a bit of slippage?

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Richard,

      There have been a few delays due mainly to utility company works and the complexity of the tie-ins between the carriageways.

      Progress at present is very good and we are working towards changing the traffic over from the old carriageway to the new in mid June, after which work will continue to complete tie-ins from the new carriageway to the old and carry out the necessary changes to the old road.

      This work is very piecemeal and will probably take until August to finally complete.

  3. Claire Says:

    When will there be a bus stop in place, even a temporary one for all of the people that would like to get off of the Number 31 bus from Axminster to Weymouth on it’s route through Littlemoor. At the moment it does not stop from Tescos in Dorchester until down by Goulds Garden Centre on the Littlemoor Road. This is not too bad in nice weather, but a bit of a soggy trek back up to the new bridge in heavy rain!

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Claire,

      We’ve spoken to our colleagues who deal with bus stops, and we have double checked with First, and there should still be a bus stop in operation on Littlemoor Road between the new road and Goulds (opposite the cinder path) where people can board and alight from the 31 buses.

      New stops will be provided along the new section of Littlemoor Road as the improvement work in the area is completed.

      • Claire Says:

        When will a bus stop be opened nearer to the shopping centre?

      • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

        Hi Claire,

        There will be a new bus stop on the eastbound side of the Littlemoor Road just before Canberra Crescent.

        The stop will be put in place once road works in the area have been completed – this is most likely to be sometime in July.

  4. Dave Says:

    The relief road is working so well that it now shows up the Tesco roundabout at Dorchester. All that money spent and it still gets jammed up.
    What is the next idea to rectify this.

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Dave,

      The feedback we have had from drivers has been very positive about the improvements carried out by the Highways Agency on Stadium Roundabout, particularly from the Weymouth and trunk road directions.

      Any further improvement to the roundabout would be for the Highways Agency to decide as it is their responsibility.

      We do appreciate that delays are still being experienced on Weymouth Avenue in Dorchester, where outbound vehicles meet traffic from the park and ride and shopping centre.

  5. David Says:

    The manor subway is STILL not opened and crossing the new refuge i sland is hazardous on a bike to say the least! Also the cycleway through to Icen Road is not marked.

  6. Fabian Cancellara Says:

    Linking the cycleway between Manor Roundabout and Chafey’s roundabout would be a very simple task – only a mile of path to lay with plenty of room.
    But this is the sad reality of cycle paths in the UK – they simply don’t join up!

  7. Geoff Says:

    I live on the upper end of Dorchester Road and I would like to say a big thankyou to all the HGV vehicle drivers involved in the present Ridgeway works for keeping well within the 30mph limit on this stretch of road.
    They are in the minority of drivers who now obay the limit as many others are speeding well in excess of 30.

    Do you have any details of what or when anything will be done to ‘downgrade’ the road? Will we be consulted again or is the work already planned?
    Something is needed to slow the traffic, and soon.!

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Geoff,

      Thank you for your positive comments towards the workforce.

      Our original consultation which finished at the end of November 2010 produced feedback of 50/50 for and against the scheme from members of the public. Now we are looking at a number of revised options to pursue for Dorchester Road, but as yet, we have yet to come to a decision on proposals.

      Once we have come to a decision, we will look to consult with residents of Dorchester Road again and will post the revised information online. We hope to be able to provide this information in the next few months.

  8. Laura Says:

    Are there plans to put more road markings on the morrisons round about? People are constantly cutting the round about and jumping lanes. It does not make sense after the level of markings put on the 2 updated roundabouts in Dorchester

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Laura,

      As with all new road schemes, Dorset Highways is monitoring driving behaviour and will judge whether any additional measures are needed, which will include reviewing the road markings throughout the scheme.

      Some lane markings were always intended but it was felt best to monitor the situation first. It is intended that some lane arrows will be add in the next few weeks.

  9. geoff ellis Says:

    are there any plans for a cycleway joining Manor roundabout to Chaffy r/about?

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Geoff,

      From the new Manor Subway it is possible to cross Dorchester Road via the new pedestrian refuge island. There is then a route that cuts across the small cul-de-sac and goes along between the houses and Weymouth Way.

      This comes out on Mount Pleasant Avenue South where residential roads can be followed to Icen Lane and Spa Road.

      There are plans for making future additions to Weymouth’s cycle network and one such route is to link the relief road cycleway at Manor Roundabout with Radipole Park Drive.

      However, with the current financial constraints it’s very difficult to be able to say when this will happen.

      There are currently no proposals to link the cycleway from Manor Roundabout to Chafey’s Roundabout.

  10. joe Says:

    So to cycle to dorchester you have to keep to the rd. Until the cycleway is finished that is.

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