The Council is developing a number of schemes to create safer and more welcoming neighbourhoods. A key part of our Transport Strategy is to reduce air pollution and create environments that make it easier to walk and cycle.
We are consulting on improvements to the Wick Road area between Kenworthy Road and Morning Lane, including:
- reverting Wick Road to two-way traffic
- adding better pedestrian crossings
- creating separate cycle tracks in both directions
- replacing trees
- removing some car parking.
We consulted on a design in 2015, and received a number of comments and suggestions. This design has taken many of those suggestions into account, including:
- keeping the contra flow cycle link between Bradstock Road and Barnabas Road
- better and safer off-road cycle routes
- reducing the volume and impact of on-street and footway parking
- addressing concerns with accidents and speeding
- improving the walking environment
What are the benefits?
Better crossing points at the three signal junctions and 'informal' (i.e. not signal or zebra) raised crossings between Morning Lane and Barnabas Road, and Barnabas Road and Kenworthy Road. The majority of kerbside parking will be removed, making the environment more pleasant and safe.
Cycle tracks that are 1.5 metres wide will mean that people will be able to cycle off the road in both directions. The signalised cycling link north-south between Bradstock Road and Barnabas Road will be retained. Advanced cycle stop lines will be installed at each junction to ensure that people on bicycles are in front of motor vehicles at red lights.
For bus users
Buses will be able to travel west to east and new bus stops will be created.
For local residents
The two-way traffic will improve vehicle access to the local roads and estates and the A12 from the west. This will reduce 'rat-running' on many local roads, improving local air quality and lowering vehicle speeds.
For the environment
Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) will be created, the lighting upgraded to LED units and the footpaths and carriageways will be resurfaced. New trees will be planted to replace a number of diseased trees.
Why is two way traffic being proposed?
- The residential area of Wick Road, sitting on either side of the B113, is severed by high traffic flows during peak times.
- Two way traffic will provide bus passengers with better access to local stops in both directions.
- A one-way street is potentially more dangerous because drivers have no opposing traffic and therefore may lapse in concentration and pick up speed. Similarly, pedestrians may reduce vigilance, assuming there will be traffic in one direction only.
- One-way street traffic systems often mean that drivers must take a longer route around the area, which adds distance to every vehicle trip, which is a particular issue for local residents.
- In 2015, traffic surveys indicated that the average speed of vehicles was 28mph, which is above the borough wide 20mph zone limits.
- The personal injury accident rate for this section of Wick Road for the period from 2013 - 2016 is 13 accidents.
How will the bike track be segregated from the footway?
The dedicated cycle paths on both sides of Wick Road be segregated from the pedestrian footway with some form of infrastructure or delineation in place. The footway and cycle way could be separated by:
- a raised delineator
- a stepped kerb
- a painted white line.
The Council is considering the option that would be the most effective for pedestrians, particularly for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people.
When are the works due to start and for how long?
Subject to approvals and no unforeseen delays we expect works to start in autumn 2017. The work should take about nine months to complete.
Will there be a loss of parking?
There will be a loss of about 110 parking spaces on Wick Road, however a parking survey showed 40 spaces were not used. The Council is also looking at additional parking provision on the estates either side of Wick Road.
How do you know if air quality has changed in the area?
The Council has recently installed air pollution tubes on a number of roads within the area to analyse the current air quality levels, including at St. Dominic's Catholic primary School. These tubes will then remain in place once the scheme has been implemented. The Council will then compare the two sets of data to see how air quality in the area has been impacted.
Any further queries that have not been answered can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. General responses to questions will be made after the consultation period has finished.