William Thompson

Williams Thompson Solicitors

It’s official. According to Department of Transport data, the traffic in Christchurch is the worst it has ever been.

Our main artery, the A35, has lowest average speed in the region: 14.2 mph during the rush hour- which is when I use it on my way to work.

And that is before any road works. May I use this column to apologies to the residents of the quiet back-roads of Highcliffe whose peace and quiet I, and many others, shatter as we try to circumnavigate the closure of Walkford Road due to gas works.

None of us need telling that traffic congestion is a real problem in the town. And it will only get worse when one considers all the potential developments being put forward- 850 houses at Stoney Cross, a large development at the police station site and now even a new school on green belt land at the back of Fairmile.

It is interesting news to hear that, as a result, the Council have re-opened the investigation of that long-debated issue of a Christchurch relief road. Their Resources Committee have agreed to fund a review of the options available. Consultants have been appointed to appraise the economic case and the visability of a scheme.

When the possibility was last examined, many years ago now, there were three possible routes. All were considered highly controversial due to the impact on the routes they would have to take.

The result of this initial review is due shortly, but the potential cost and the environmental implications of road building over green belt land may well mean that such a bold enterprise will not see the light of day. But, to use a well-trodden phrase, ‘something has to be done’.

Peter Watson-Lee

Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce

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