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The no entry sign to the new one-way section of Station Road.

The new one-way system at the top of Station Road has become an ‘absolute nightmare’ with motorists ignoring the new signs and driving up the wrong way, councillors in Gillingham have been told.

The town’s general purposes committee was told that at least two councillors have seen drivers going the wrong way up the top section of Station Road, which Dorset Council highways engines recently made one-way down from the town towards ASDA.

‘There are two huge red road closed signs and I have stood there and watched people go up the wrong way on the one-way system,’ said mayor Barry Von Clemens at the online meeting on Monday.

‘People stop and read and then drive on past.  This whole thing is becoming an absolute nightmare … with drivers who can’t read the words “road closed”.’

Committee chair Councillor Mick Hill, who co-runs the Station Road Garage 1912 Ltd next to the start of the new one-way system, told the meeting: ‘I have told many motorists myself that they are driving the wrong way up a one-way street. But it appeared to fall on deaf ears. I’m sure something will happen – let’s hope it’s not something bad.’

Dorset Council put up additional signs warning drivers of the change to the road after being alerted by local businesses and the town council that some cars were still going the wrong way.

Councillor Von Clemens also told Gillingham News: ‘The problem is not with the signage but with those drivers choosing to ignore them and continue the wrong way along a one-way road.’

The same meeting also heard that a local resident had stated that buses are not stopping on Newbury at the moment because of changes to the roads and the new cycle paths. Councillor Donna Toye told fellow councillors: ‘This is hearsay … bus drivers are [apparently] unable to find a safe place to stop in that area.’

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The signs at the top of Station Road making it clear it is now one-way.

A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: ‘Our workers on site have received comments about drivers ignoring the no entry signs, as well as witnessing it themselves.

‘The no entry signs are prominent and correctly installed, and there is additional temporary signage currently in the area to reinforce this change. White lining for the parking bays will soon be installed, making the road look much narrower, and ‘No Entry’ is also being painted in the road to support the signage.’

The spokesperson said they were unable to comment on the bus issue as they had not been infomred of it.

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  1. Mrs Barry
    8 October 2020 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    I am e.mailing about the new cycle path. I seriously think its construction has been a total waste of public money, as well as being dangerous. I have driven many times into town and only seen ONE cyclist using the path. Most cyclist cut through the town using the High Street to avoid the traffic lights. The new road system, in my view, is a shambles.

  2. Peter Martell
    17 October 2020 at 10:33 am — Reply

    Dear sirs.
    We are now seeing local Towns introduce one way systems to their high streets, due to Covid social distancing rules. Would it now be the right time for Gillingham to follow? Every day people are being forced to walk in the road to avoid queues outside the post office, chemist, building society etc as the pavements are SO narrow. The council must consider this option as people are being put at risk on a daily basis.

  3. Anne Johnstone
    20 October 2020 at 10:09 am — Reply

    What is the purpose of this one way system? Would be interesting to understand as there is no explanation in the response from the Council. If people understood the reason, rather than seeing it as yet another means of obstructing drivers it might help.

  4. Walter Raleigh
    10 November 2020 at 10:10 am — Reply

    I am not alone in believing that the new cycle lane and one way system is causing huge risk and massive delays to Gillingham residents. Getting in and out of ASDA car park at peak times takes a ridiculous amount of time as the traffic is gridlocked. All this leads to frustration and pollution. Mixing pedestrians and cyclists on the same piece of tarmac was always going to lead to accidents. Can someone with an ounce of brain please reconsider all this? What was the problem before? The old adage applies “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

  5. Brok
    14 January 2022 at 9:44 am — Reply

    The problem first began with the siting of the Asda Store exit which leads directly onto the junction of Station Rd and the A3081. The object of making that section of Station Road one way stemmed, I imagine, from the fact that Station Road is narrow and two-way traffic, before the change, caused delays, drivers having to stop to give way to opposing traffic.
    Forgetting the Junction and its painfully slow traffic light system, councillors elected to make the one way flow from High St to the lights thus creating in an instant the confusion that reign today. All traffic has to flow to the right from the Asda Exit. Had the flow been arranged to go in the opposite direction, much of the traffic involved in the chaos would have relieved the congestion by driving away from the block spot. Drivers wanting to get to Asda from the high street could take the A3081 route or go along the high street and take the right hand exit from the roundabout and come to the store from that direction.

  6. Brok
    14 January 2022 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    The problem was born when the Asda exit was permitted adjacent to the painfully slow traffic light controlled Junction of Railway Rd and the A3018. This was compounded when it was decided that the one way system should run from High Street to the traffic lights, meaning that all vehicle were forced into an already problematic junction. Had the council decided to make the one way the other way round delays at the traffic lights would have been significantly reduced and the traffic flow improved.

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