King Street two-way

King Street will reopen to two-way traffic during Thursday 21 July.

Thank you for your patience during the one-way closure.

On Wednesday 20 July, the new signals at the junction of Queen Street with King Street will be switched on.

The Esplanade signalised junction will also be switched on during Wednesday 20 July.

The Jubilee Retail Park junction will be switched on next week.

With these new junctions open the following movements can no longer be made by vehicles:

  • Turning right from King Street onto The Esplanade; drivers wanting to reach the ferry terminal and pavilion from the A354 are signed down Dorchester Road, drivers from other directions should use Commercial Road-Westham Road
  • Turning left into Queen Street; drivers wanting to access the Park District will need to enter the area from The Esplanade via Astrid Way, Lennox Street or William Street
  • Turning left out of Queen Street; drivers leaving the Park District and wanting to head east can either access The Esplanade via Astrid Way, Lennox Street or William Street, by using King Street-Commercial Road-Westham Road or by using King Street-Weymouth Way-A354-Littlemoor Road
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4 Responses to “King Street two-way”

  1. Leanne birch Says:

    The Queen Street onto King Street lights are not timed correctly. Cars are getting stuck on Queen Street and are jumping the lights and stopping on the pedestrian crossing because King Street traffic is jamming up the street and they can’t get out otherwise. Since the lights were turned on I have sat for at least 20 minutes stuck every day. The lights turn green but we can’t get out onto King Street. Please could you review the timings. If there were a yellow box outside the outdoor centre the cars would not be able to jam the road. Thank you

    • Weymouth Transport Package Says:

      Hi Leanne birch,

      Now that the King Street corridor is operational our signal engineers will be monitoring the junctions to ensure they are working efficiently and make adjustments where necessary. The corridor will become more efficient once the SCOOT system is introduced shortly, which is the element that links the junctions and allows them to react to traffic flows and learn traffic patterns/behaviour.

      Box junctions are not arbitrarily placed at traffic signal junctions, but are used to resolve specific issues of junction blocking. Until the traffic patterns settle down from the various works in the area, we will not be able to observe if junction blocking will occur in a balanced network and only then will any localised issue be dealt with.

  2. Richard Says:

    its nice to see it all open, its a shame the street furniture has been removed by the clock as many pedestrians are pretending to be lemmings and walking out in front of moving traffic. It should be a nice fluid flow around that area, but you have to go slowly in case there are pedestrians in the road.

  3. Patricia Says:

    I would reiterate the previous comments about the getting out of Queen Street into King Street. On Saturday lunchtime we were about 8 cars back from the junction and it took 8 or 9 changes of the lights before we were able to get out due to traffic waiting in King Street. On numerous occasions no cars got out at all as the lights kept changing to green but back to red again without any cars getting out at all as we had nowhere to go. Hopefully the SCOOT system will kick in soon and resolve this issue, but only time wil tell.

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