Traffic flow improvement work begins

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WORK has begun on alterations to the Harnham Gyratory to try to improve the traffic flow.

Some delays and disruption are expected, but Wiltshire Council says it is confident that rush-hour hold-ups will be reduced once the improvements are |completed.

It has apologised for any inconvenience in the meantime.

The work will take place at night and is due to be finished by the end of the week.

The line of the kerb on the corner of New Bridge Road will be altered to make it easier for buses and lorries to get round.

This will involve the temporary closure of New Bridge Road between the gyratory and Britford Lane West.

A tree and some shrubs at Woodrows Corner will be taken.

However, replacements will be planted.

Diversions will be signposted when the road is closed to northbound |traffic going towards the Exeter Street roundabout.

The closures will take place between 8pm and 7am.

John Thomson, the council’s cabinet member responsible for highways, said: “Carrying out this vital work during the day would have led to severe congestion and lengthy delays.

"I would like to apologise to the people living nearby and the council's contractors will seek to minimise any disruption.”

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11:07am Tue 5 Aug 14

Hartley Hare says...

I don't think removing a tiny 'chunk' of the road is going to improve any traffic flow! What planet are the council on?

I thought that major works were taking place here, when i drove passed on my wasy home to Laverstock last night, as so road much was coned off. To my surprise, just a very minor chunk of kerb is being removed, to make the road 'wider'.

Does so much road need to be coned off? I think not! Health & Safety gone bananas. Especially at night. And just how much is this costing?

Improvement? I think not!
Waste of money? Yes!

Wiltshire Council - Where everybody's council tax doesn't matter.
I don't think removing a tiny 'chunk' of the road is going to improve any traffic flow! What planet are the council on? I thought that major works were taking place here, when i drove passed on my wasy home to Laverstock last night, as so road much was coned off. To my surprise, just a very minor chunk of kerb is being removed, to make the road 'wider'. Does so much road need to be coned off? I think not! Health & Safety gone bananas. Especially at night. And just how much is this costing? Improvement? I think not! Waste of money? Yes! Wiltshire Council - Where everybody's council tax doesn't matter. Hartley Hare
  • Score: 13

4:51pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Rather than waste loads of money on the bus lane from the park and ride at Britford up to the Harnham lights, it would have been far better to widen New Bridge Road approaching the lights towards Coombe Bissett where there are regular hold ups with traffic backing up due to traffic turning right.
Rather than waste loads of money on the bus lane from the park and ride at Britford up to the Harnham lights, it would have been far better to widen New Bridge Road approaching the lights towards Coombe Bissett where there are regular hold ups with traffic backing up due to traffic turning right. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 12

6:12pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Salisbury chap says...

The traffic disruption this has caused today has been enormous. As a resident, we have not been able to venture out due to the huge delay we would face in trying to get back!

How many more hare brained schemes do we have to suffer in this area at our (taxpayers) expense?

And what for? Ah, to remove a little corner that bus drivers cannot negotiate, marvellous .......
The traffic disruption this has caused today has been enormous. As a resident, we have not been able to venture out due to the huge delay we would face in trying to get back! How many more hare brained schemes do we have to suffer in this area at our (taxpayers) expense? And what for? Ah, to remove a little corner that bus drivers cannot negotiate, marvellous ....... Salisbury chap
  • Score: 16

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