Roadworks on hold to stop city grinding to a halt

Daily Echo: Roadworks on hold to stop city grinding to a halt Roadworks on hold to stop city grinding to a halt

IT is a stretch of road just a few feet long – but it could have caused vast swathes of Southampton to grind to a halt once again.

Roadworks were scheduled to take place today at a busy city junction already suffering tailbacks from major works nearby.

But in a twist of fate, works in Newtown Road, Woolston, have been delayed for six weeks – much to the relief of already exasperated motorists and residents.

The city’s choked up roads have been plunged into chaos in the last two months following major works on the Itchen Bridge and in Platform Road and cruise ships arriving aDaily Echo: Traffic problems in Southamptont Dock Gate 4.

 

Southampton City Council has introduced a raft of measures to ease congestion and monitor traffic flows.

Residents say Newtown Road is already experiencing tailbacks from Itchen Bridge on busy days and queues from works being carried out by Southern Water in nearby Portsmouth Road.

Daily Echo:

The delayed works were scheduled for five days to widen and raise the height of a small section of pavement at the Wrights Hill junction in preparation for a new disabled friendly bus shelter.

It would have included a lane closure controlled by four way traffic lights into Weston Lane and Upper Weston Lane between 8am and 4pm on weekdays.

But the city council and its roadworks contractor Balfour Beatty confirmed the works were being pushed back six weeks after delays in receiving the new shelter.

A 60-year-old Newtown Road resident who wished to remain anonymous said it had averted traffic chaos in an area close to two schools and Sholing railway station.

He said: “We are just so glad because they are not making themselves any friends with the works already going on.

Hopefully they’ve seen sense.”

Donna Richards of Viking Cars in Bursledon, whose drivers regularly use the route and say the Itchen Bridge scheme is hitting their trade, said: “It’s very lucky they have been cancelled because it would have been absolute chaos especially in rush hour.”

Tory leader Councillor Royston Smith, below, said: “There has been a great deal of disruption the last few weeks and it would have been sensible anyway to delay some of these things to give people s o m e respite.”

Daily Echo: Tory leader Royston Smith.

Woolston ward councillor Warwick Payne, below, said the new bus stop was not the most crucial of needs at the junction anyway and is calling for a mini roundabout there.

Daily Echo: Warwick Payne

But he said: “The key thing is to get roadworks completed as quickly as possible with as little delay as possible.”

A council spokeswoman confirmed the works were being pushed back six weeks but claimed the Itchen Bridge disruptions had only held up traffic there for the first week and the Portsmouth Road works were causing the most problems.

A spokeswoman for Balfour Beatty said: “The bus shelter could not be supplied in time and that is why we have postponed it.”

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6:42am Mon 20 Jan 14

motorizer says...

ar*e and elbow spring to mind.....

when will these people realise that carrying out trivial improvements of a raod system primarily designed in the 40 and 50's to handle traffic of the day will not do anything to alleviaite the horrendous traffic problems we all have to en dure everyday....

Until we stop filling our already over crowded urban areas with more flats, houses, shops, malls etc it will only get worse.
ar*e and elbow spring to mind..... when will these people realise that carrying out trivial improvements of a raod system primarily designed in the 40 and 50's to handle traffic of the day will not do anything to alleviaite the horrendous traffic problems we all have to en dure everyday.... Until we stop filling our already over crowded urban areas with more flats, houses, shops, malls etc it will only get worse. motorizer

6:46am Mon 20 Jan 14

Zexagon says...

Hmm are they on hold to stop the city grinding to a halt or because the bus shelter wasn't supplied in time?
Hmm are they on hold to stop the city grinding to a halt or because the bus shelter wasn't supplied in time? Zexagon

7:17am Mon 20 Jan 14

__KTF__ says...

The works have been rescheduled because the shelter required as part of them was delayed.

Nothing to do with the wider traffic 'chaos' at all.
The works have been rescheduled because the shelter required as part of them was delayed. Nothing to do with the wider traffic 'chaos' at all. __KTF__

8:47am Mon 20 Jan 14

wwozzer says...

Roadworks and improvements are a fact of life. What's causing the chaos is how long they are taking to do the job. Five days to raise a pavement and install a bus shelter is beyond a joke.

Day 1: Set up temporary lights and traffic cones. Install site bog and canteen

Day 2: Send two blokes on minimum wage to stand around and look busy

Day 3: Repeat

Day 4: Send three blokes after the echo runs a story about traffic chaos

Day 5: Chuck some tarmac down and knock up a shelter. Finish at lunchtime and leave traffic lights and cones in place for an extra day.
Roadworks and improvements are a fact of life. What's causing the chaos is how long they are taking to do the job. Five days to raise a pavement and install a bus shelter is beyond a joke. Day 1: Set up temporary lights and traffic cones. Install site bog and canteen Day 2: Send two blokes on minimum wage to stand around and look busy Day 3: Repeat Day 4: Send three blokes after the echo runs a story about traffic chaos Day 5: Chuck some tarmac down and knock up a shelter. Finish at lunchtime and leave traffic lights and cones in place for an extra day. wwozzer

9:18am Mon 20 Jan 14

Zeo says...

Maybe they should of made the bridge toll free to keep traffic flowing is well.
Maybe they should of made the bridge toll free to keep traffic flowing is well. Zeo

10:42am Mon 20 Jan 14

SotonLad says...

More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2.

If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!!
More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2. If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!! SotonLad

11:22am Mon 20 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

motorizer wrote:
ar*e and elbow spring to mind.....

when will these people realise that carrying out trivial improvements of a raod system primarily designed in the 40 and 50's to handle traffic of the day will not do anything to alleviaite the horrendous traffic problems we all have to en dure everyday....

Until we stop filling our already over crowded urban areas with more flats, houses, shops, malls etc it will only get worse.
Shops, mauls and residential developments are vital for the citiy's economy. Remove plans for these and Southampton would not be competitive with neighbouring cities and would quickly fall into further decline. I'm all for Watermark West Quay and improvement of the waterfront etc and other cities seem to manage to implement change without this level of disruption. I think it's the work itself has been badly managed. Don't schedule something that's gonna cause delays when you know there's five cruise ships in for example.
[quote][p][bold]motorizer[/bold] wrote: ar*e and elbow spring to mind..... when will these people realise that carrying out trivial improvements of a raod system primarily designed in the 40 and 50's to handle traffic of the day will not do anything to alleviaite the horrendous traffic problems we all have to en dure everyday.... Until we stop filling our already over crowded urban areas with more flats, houses, shops, malls etc it will only get worse.[/p][/quote]Shops, mauls and residential developments are vital for the citiy's economy. Remove plans for these and Southampton would not be competitive with neighbouring cities and would quickly fall into further decline. I'm all for Watermark West Quay and improvement of the waterfront etc and other cities seem to manage to implement change without this level of disruption. I think it's the work itself has been badly managed. Don't schedule something that's gonna cause delays when you know there's five cruise ships in for example. Saint Botley

12:12pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Quentin Heslop says...

SotonLad wrote:
More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2.

If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!!
Why haven't you?
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2. If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!![/p][/quote]Why haven't you? Quentin Heslop

12:13pm Mon 20 Jan 14

__KTF__ says...

SotonLad wrote:
More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2.

If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!!
What makes you think there is the opportunity?

They might arrive/leave the office at different times, drop off or pick up kids on the way there and back, etc.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2. If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!![/p][/quote]What makes you think there is the opportunity? They might arrive/leave the office at different times, drop off or pick up kids on the way there and back, etc. __KTF__

1:44pm Mon 20 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

SotonLad wrote:
More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2.

If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!!
Does your office offer any enticement to car share? A common ploy is to give preferential parking spaces to those that do.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2. If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!![/p][/quote]Does your office offer any enticement to car share? A common ploy is to give preferential parking spaces to those that do. gilbertratchet

1:44pm Mon 20 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

Quentin Heslop wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2.

If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!!
Why haven't you?
How do you know he hasn't? How do you know he drives to work at all?
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2. If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!![/p][/quote]Why haven't you?[/p][/quote]How do you know he hasn't? How do you know he drives to work at all? gilbertratchet

1:45pm Mon 20 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

__KTF__ wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2.

If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!!
What makes you think there is the opportunity?

They might arrive/leave the office at different times, drop off or pick up kids on the way there and back, etc.
And they might not. It's pretty pointless not bothering to try something beneficial, on the grounds that it might not work.
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2. If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!![/p][/quote]What makes you think there is the opportunity? They might arrive/leave the office at different times, drop off or pick up kids on the way there and back, etc.[/p][/quote]And they might not. It's pretty pointless not bothering to try something beneficial, on the grounds that it might not work. gilbertratchet

4:04pm Mon 20 Jan 14

mickey01 says...

what a waste of money again just like the cycle route being constructed and causing as much chaos .
this council is really a bunch of "_"++}
what a waste of money again just like the cycle route being constructed and causing as much chaos . this council is really a bunch of "_"++} mickey01

5:22pm Mon 20 Jan 14

kevinchandler100@talktalk.net says...

I walked past the roadworks on the junction of Portsmouth RD & station Rd yesterday.And all I saw was the digger driver sat in his cab talking to a cyclist , no one else about working at all to get the job finished the driver was probably on £25 an hour for doing nothing. We are getting fed up with all the road works in and around Woolston .
I walked past the roadworks on the junction of Portsmouth RD & station Rd yesterday.And all I saw was the digger driver sat in his cab talking to a cyclist , no one else about working at all to get the job finished the driver was probably on £25 an hour for doing nothing. We are getting fed up with all the road works in and around Woolston . kevinchandler100@talktalk.net

5:41pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Graeme Harrison says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Quentin Heslop wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2.

If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!!
Why haven't you?
How do you know he hasn't? How do you know he drives to work at all?
'That's 9 cars coming into the city'
The use of the present tense suggests, to me at least, that the 9 cars coming into the city is something that happens now rather than something that might happen if SotonLad's car-sharing scheme had been operating and then stopped doing so.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: More people need to car share - there are 10 people in my office/department. 4 live in Totton and 5 live in Woolston - each day they are drive themselves. That's 9 cars coming into the city instead of 2. If there is an opportunity to car share why not?!![/p][/quote]Why haven't you?[/p][/quote]How do you know he hasn't? How do you know he drives to work at all?[/p][/quote]'That's 9 cars coming into the city' The use of the present tense suggests, to me at least, that the 9 cars coming into the city is something that happens now rather than something that might happen if SotonLad's car-sharing scheme had been operating and then stopped doing so. Graeme Harrison

10:49pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

A spokeswoman for Balfour Beatty said: “The bus shelter could not be supplied in time and that is why we have postponed it.”

Oh it wasn't common sense then?
A spokeswoman for Balfour Beatty said: “The bus shelter could not be supplied in time and that is why we have postponed it.” Oh it wasn't common sense then? Turtlebay

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