Swanage residents relieved as ‘double yellows’ reinstated

The road resurfacing work in Swanage that was halted in March 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, is to get completed next week with the repainting of all the road markings.

Dorset Council has now scheduled its highways team to paint in the double yellow ‘no parking’ lines on Seymer Road, as well as the white road markings. The nearby, Belle Vue Road will also have its parking bays reinstated. Other roads also getting their markings back are Grovesnor Road, Park Road, Marshall Row, Peveril Heights and Sentry Road.

During lockdown the lack of the ‘no parking’ lines wasn’t a problem with no visitors in the town but with the easing of coronavirus restrictions and the start of the summer holidays, vehicles have been parking along Seymer Road due to its close proximity to the seafront and Swanage Pier.

Parked cars

Sharp bend at the top of Seymer Road

The parked cars have, at times, made it difficult for residents to pull out of their drives and navigate the sharp bend at the top of Seymer Road.

‘No parking’ cones have been put in place as a temporary solution by Dorset Council but as the town has got busy, many motorists have ignored them.

Parked cars

Cars parked on Seymer Road in Swanage where normally they would be restricted by double yellow lines on the far side of the road

Sign on Belle Vue Road

Dorset Council has put out a sign on Belle Vue Road advising of the work that is scheduled for next week

Safely finish off the tasks that they started

Dorset Council said that as lockdown had eased, the highways team have been assessing how they can safely finish off the tasks that they started before the coronavirus crisis.

Reinstating the painted lines means working close to pavements and the council said it had to be sure that their team would be able to operate within safe guidelines before completing the roadworks in Swanage.

A Dorset Council spokesperson said:

“We’ve worked closely with our supply chain and partners to review how to work safely in these times of social distancing and we will be in Swanage early next week to reinstate lining in these roads. Sorry for the delay.”

The work, although weather dependent, is scheduled to take two days starting from Monday 27th July 2020.

ars parking on Seymer Road

Seymer Road has been without any road markings for four months

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