4 November 2016, 07:56
The layout of a busy Bournemouth junction is being altered from tonight, in a trial to improve safety.
The Wessex Way's eastbound inside lane will be closed on the approach to the slip road with Richmond Hill roundabout. It's after several crashes there.
Bournemouth Borough Council says the junction of Wimborne Road and Richmond Hill has been identified as a difficult place to merge with oncoming traffic.
In a bid to improve the safety in this area, the Council will be bringing forward a trial scheme to provide those using the slip road with a dedicated lane.
The eastbound inside lane of the Wessex Way will be closed on the approach to the slip, giving the traffic using the slip unopposed access to the inside lane of the Wessex Way. As a result, eastbound traffic will need to use the outside lane only.
The council said:
'Capacity and traffic flow information indicates that this should not cause excess congestion, however the change will be made on a temporary basis for three months before a permanent decision is made.
'Drivers are advised to take extra care on this route and to look out for the revised signing and lining.
'Work is due to commence on Friday 4th November, with the road being closed between 8pm and 6am. The scheme is weather dependent as the revised road markings will need to be carried out in dry weather and temperatures above freezing.'
Richard Pearson, Highway Design and Road Safety Manager, said:
"I am confident that this trial will significantly reduce the risk to drivers using the slip road however it is important to properly evaluate the impact on traffic flow on this key strategic route before we confirm the change."