In 2017 we consulted 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.
These works will take place 8am-5pm, Monday-Saturday until May 2019.
The first phase will begin from the south side of Wick Road between Bradstock Road and Kenton Road. Parking bays will be suspended when necessary on both sides of the road to allow safe working, provide pedestrian access and to allow through traffic during the work.
To carry out the work safely and on time, side roads may need to be closed and bus stops suspended when necessary during the work.
Delegated powers decision
The delegated powers decision shows the results of the consultation:
- delegated powers decision (signed version) [pdf, 3.95MB]
- delegated powers decision (unsigned version) [pdf, 4.09MB]
What are the benefits?
The proposed measures are to:
- create a high quality environment that enhances and improves the public realm and creates a safe, healthy and pleasant place to live, work and visit. Key to this aim is a movement towards streets that are not dominated by cars
- make the Wick Road area more pleasant for people to walk and cycle
- reduce traffic speeds on Wick Road and improve vehicle entry and exit
- reduce the current rate of road accidents
- improve bus journey times
- reduce congestion around the area
- improve safety, accessibility and permeability for cyclists and pedestrians
- encourage local residents to have access to different modes of transport including a safe cycle route and sustainable transport
Existing footways will be resurfaced. There will be provision of better crossing points at the signalised junctions, and informal pedestrian crossings between Morning Lane and Kenworthy Road. The locations of the crossing will provide improved visibility for pedestrians to cross safely.
Advanced cycle stop lines will be installed at each signalised junction to ensure that people on bicycles are in front of motor vehicles at red lights.
There will be improved cycle facilities by the provision of segregated cycle facilities along Wick Road. This will include off-road cycle tracks along large sections of both the south and north side of Wick Road and on-carriageway cycle facilities approaching Kenworthy Road (where the footway narrows substantially).
Additionally, the cycle track and signalised cycling crossing between Bradstock Road and Barnabas Road will be retained.
For bus users
Buses will be able to travel west to east on Wick Road and new bus stops will be created.
For local residents
The two-way traffic will improve traffic access to the local roads, 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
Street lighting will be upgraded to energy saving LED units and footpaths and carriageways will be resurfaced. New trees will be planted to replace a number of existing diseased and unstable trees.
Why is two-way traffic being proposed?
- the residential area of Wick Road, sitting on either side of the B113, is severely affected by high traffic flows during peak times
- two-way traffic will provide bus passengers with better access to local shops and direct destinations
- 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
- traffic surveys indicated that the average speed of vehicles was 28mph, which is above the borough wide 20mph zone limits
- personal injury accidents recorded for this section of Wick Road for the period from May 2014 to April 2017 was 14 accidents
How will the bike track be segregated from the footway?
The cycle paths on both sides of Wick Road will be a mixture of segregated and shared space between pedestrians and cyclists and will include bus stop bypasses for cyclists.
When are the works due to start and for how long?
Works are scheduled to start during the week commencing 16 April 2018, with the aim to complete the works by summer 2019.
Will there be a loss of parking?
Parking spaces on the north side of Wick Road will be removed, the loading bay near The Tiger Pub will be retained, and footway parking on the south side will be reduced and rearranged. Parking surveys indicate that parking within the Zone Q area is not fully utilised and the loss of these spaces will have a minimal impact on parking demand.
How do you know if air quality has changed in the area?
Air pollution tubes have been installed in the area to record the current air quality levels. These tubes will remain in place and once the scheme has been completed the recorded data will then be compared to determine the impact to air quality in the area.
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