I read with interest your recent article in which your correspondent argued the case for a Christchurch bypass. I am broadly in agreement with them, but fear the cost would be astronomical. I wish to suggest an alternative proposal, to help alleviate much of the traffic congestion in an instant.
Living close to Castle Lane East, I see the problems and frustrations many people have on a daily basis, and have come to the conclusion that the problem is cyclists. Bournemouth, like many parts of the county, is becoming more cycle-friendly but in my opinion it is this policy of cycle lanes which is actually slowing the traffic up.
I observed just the other day how many cyclists used the cycle lane on that road. In the space of one hour I counted just five cyclists using the road, during that same hour over twenty used the pavements.
The solution is simple. We need to scrap the cycle lane on Castle Lane East and create a third middle lane; this can be used either as a westbound lane to ease traffic flow, or even made into an emergency lane for ambulances and buses.
Since the cycle lanes were introduced, the traffic has got slower. This increases pollution levels, which is not good for any of us. Taking these lanes away will solve this problem, and the cyclists can use the pavements.
It would be interesting to hear what your other readers think of this idea.
Geoffrey Windberg, Iford