Temporary Traffic Order – Riverside Approach

From the City Council :
 
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating gas main renewal works.  The Order is expected to be in force for five weeks from 30 July 2018.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily (1) all southbound vehicular traffic in Riverside Approach from its junction with Magdalen Yard Road to its junction with Riverside Drive and (2) all right turning traffic (westbound) from Barnetts Garage onto Riverside Drive.
Pedestrian access and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.
Alternative routes will be available via (1) Magdalen Yard Road, Windsor Street, Perth Road and Riverside Drive and (2) Riverside Drive (eastbound), Tesco Roundabout and Riverside Drive (westbound).
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS – contact phone number – 433168.

Temporary Traffic Order – Riverside Drive

From the City Council – Note – this applies to the right turn only and does not otherwise affect Riverside Drive :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 : SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of gas mains investigation works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Riverside Drive (prohibition of right turn into Riverside Approach).
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 11 June 2018 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Riverside Drive / Perth Road / Windsor Street / Magdalen Yard Road
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Temporary Traffic Order – Riverside Approach #dundeewestend

From the City Council :
 
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating railway bridge works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 9 days from 23 February 2018.    Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Riverside Approach from a point 60 metres or thereby south of its junction with Magdalen Yard Road to Riverside Drive overnight (2200 – 0600) from Friday 23 February 2018 until Monday 4 March 2018.
Pedestrian access and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be available via Roseangle, Perth Road, West Marketgait, West Port Roundabout, West Marketgait, South Marketgait, South Union Street, Riverside Drive and reverse.
For further information, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS – 433275.

Pedestrian safety near Roseangle playpark #dundeewestend

I have previously raised residents’ concerns about pedestrian safety near the Roseangle playpark since the playpark was improved and footfall significantly increased.
 
Having have received more concerns, I again contacted the City Council’s roads and transportation division about this and have received the following feedback from one of the roads engineers :
 
“Myself and three other colleagues visited this location to assess the situation.
As you are aware, our road safety budget is prioritised by identifying accident cluster sites within the city and providing improvements to reduce the likelihood of recurrences. At the location in question, there have been no recorded injury accidents at this location in the last three years and so would not displace any other cluster site under consideration.
While we were on site … vehicle speeds approaching this crossing point were not excessive and those vehicles approaching from Riverside Drive were slow having turned the tight radius onto the railway bridge.
I will carry out further surveys at this location to determine if there is a significant problem.”
 
I will be continuing to pursue this issue and will keep residents updated.

Temporary Traffic Order – Riverside Approach

From Dundee City Council (having long campaigned for resurfacing of Riverside Approach, I am pleased that this is now going ahead) :
 

Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating carriageway resurfacing works.  The Order is expected to be in force for two weeks from 2nd May 2017.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Riverside Approach from the south side of its junction with Roseangle/Magdalen Yard Road to the north side of its junction with Riverside Drive.
 
Pedestrian access is unaffected.
 
An alternative route will be available via Riverside Drive, South Union Street, South Marketgait, Nethergate, Perth Road, Roseangle and reverse (including West Marketgait).
 
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date.  If you have any queries please contact 433168.

Riverside Approach – fencing and potholes repairs

Residents have contacted me about damaged fencing on Riverside Approach – see right.   This is the boundary fencing to land owned by Network Rail and I have contacted Network Rail seeking repairs.
 
I also, on behalf of residents, contacted the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership about the poor road condition and have received the following response :
 
“You may already have noticed in passing that these potholes on Riverside Approach were repaired shortly after your email. The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has also noted one or two more within the last couple of days and an order will be raised for these to be repaired with a timescale of twenty eight days or sooner.”

Pedestrian safety near Roseangle playpark : an update

I raised residents’ concerns recently about pedestrian safety near the Roseangle playpark since the playpark was improved and footfall is very significantly increased.
 
I have contacted both the City Council’s Head of Transportation and the Road Policing Unit at Police Scotland, asking if a speed survey could be carried out.   
 
The council’s Head of Transportation has now advised :
 
“With regard to parked cars on Riverside Approach near the railway overbridge a site inspection was carried out but there were only vehicles parked on the south side of the build out for this particular visit.
I will arrange for further inspections and from the observations I will arrange to include this location for consideration in the next batch of locations in the variation to waiting restrictions traffic regulation order programme.
From previous site inspections there were no high speed vehicles observed but I will arrange for Riverside Approach to be added to the next list of locations for a traffic speed survey.
With regard for the possibility of a pedestrian crossing on Riverside Approach linking Magdalen Green and the play ground, initial observations are that the pedestrian and cycle count and traffic flows are too low to justify a pedestrian crossing at this particular location.
I will however arrange for the vehicles and the pedestrian count crossing survey to be carried out and advise you of the results from the survey.”
 
I will, of course, keep residents updated once the results of the survey are known.

Pedestrian safety near Roseangle playpark

I have had a number of residents’ concerns recently about pedestrian safety near the Roseangle playpark since the playpark was improved as the footfall is very significantly increased.    The following comment from a resident is typical :
 
“I want to draw your attention to my concerns of the road safety around the new fantastic Roseangle play park specifically the crossing from the play park to Magdalen Green (Riverside Approach).
 
There are two issues as I see it.
 
One of parked cars around that crossing and secondly of the speed of cars on the road around the crossing.”
 
I have contacted both the City Council’s Head of Transportation and the Road Policing Unit at Police Scotland, asking if a speed survey could be carried out.   
 
Some years ago, I asked about the possibility of a pedestrian crossing across Riverside Approach from Magdalen Green to the playpark side.    At that time there wasn’t the footfall to meet the criteria but given the increase in usage of the playpark, I have asked that this be reassessed.

Further update on Riverside Drive/Riverside Approach

I had a concern raised about the quality of the finished road surface on Riverside Drive and have had the following update from the Roads Maintenance Partnership Manager at Tayside Contracts, which also updates on the re-opening of the right turn from Riverside drive (heading west) into Riverside Approach and the removal of traffic management :

“I’m not aware of there being any surfacing issues however, a final inspection of the works will be carried out next week and I’ll provide feedback following this.

With regards completion of the works and previous correspondence. The traffic management will not be completely removed until Wednesday next week however, as of this Friday all vehicular restrictions will be lifted i.e. Riverside Approach will be open to right turn movements in a westbound direction.   The outstanding works will be the completion of the footways and other minor works which require traffic management to be left in place for H&S reasons.”

Update on Riverside Approach access

Further to my update on 29th September about the Riverside Drive works, I have just received the following update from Tayside Contracts :

 

“Due to issues with weather at the beginning of last week and some other operational issues. It will be the end of the week before all traffic management will be removed from the works. 

Riverside Approach is now open to traffic, the only restriction is the right turn manoeuvre to Riverside Approach in the westbound direction.”

Riverside Drive works

I asked Tayside Contracts for an update with progress on the Riverside Drive works and was advised today as follows:

It will be approximately two weeks before all traffic management is removed and there is complete unrestricted access – ie no traffic management in place. 

By the end of this week Riverside Approach should be open again to traffic providing access from Magdalen Green to and from Riverside Drive.

The north footway will remain under construction until the 12th October, with all traffic management removed by 13/10/14.

All the above is based on weather permitting and nothing unforeseen arising.

Riverside Approach – temporary closure – Public Notice

From the City Council :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 : SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of carriageway resurfacing works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Riverside Approach (from Riverside Drive to Magdalen Yard Road), Dundee
 
This notice comes into effect on Wednesday 10 September 2014 for two days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes for vehicles will be available via Riverside Drive / Perth Road / Windsor Street / Magdalen Yard Road.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Road Safety: Riverside Drive at Riverside Approach

Riverside Drive at the rail bridge
Back in January, I mentioned that a West End constituent had contacted me regarding his concerns about safety in respect of vehicles coming down Riverside Approach onto Riverside Drive then using the slip lane to cross the carriageway to head west along Riverside Drive.
 
Having since had further constituent concerns about the operation of this area of roadway, I wrote to the City Council’s Head of Transportation about the matter and he has now advised:
 
“The vicinity does not stand out within the incidents reported through Police and insurance records that informs the Accident Investigation Process that in turn assists us prioritise the road safety revenue budget interventions.  Therefore I do not foresee that this will be highlighted as a priority vicinity for Financial Year 2013/14.
 
I will however ask that the traffic engineers look at the layout following the 40 mph speed limit being introduced, as this may have changed traffic characteristics.  I will come back to you later in June / early July to allow the engineers an opportunity to view the traffic and consider if any changes are necessary and if so what resources will be required.”

Riverside Drive at Riverside Approach

Riverside Drive at rail bridge
A West End constituent recently contacted me regarding his concerns about safety in respect of vehicles coming down Riverside Approach onto Riverside Drive then using the slip lane to cross the carriageway to head west along Riverside Drive.    He wrote:
 
“Has consideration ever been given to closing the crossover under the Tay Rail Bridge?  I consider it a junction waiting for an accident to happen, especially with vehicles crossing the eastbound carriageway of Riverside Drive from Riverside Approach and hoping to squeeze into a limited space.
 
For instance I was driving east on the offside lane one day when someone emerged from Riverside Approach to enter the reserved area beneath the bridge with a view to turning west.  In one sense the manoeuvre was conducted with time to spare but the other party failed to address the issue that there was already a car in the reserved area and I was presented with a vehicle sitting across my lane.  I just managed to stop in time.”
 
I raised the matter with the City Council’s Head of Transportation who advised:
 
“The closure of this crossover was considered in 2011/12 following the bridge strike and as part of the considerations for the traffic management changes that followed.  It was assessed that the closure of the crossover was unnecessary in design terms and that there was not an ongoing incidence of vehicle collisions.  Therefore the crossover was retained which allows continued route flexibility for road users.
I would add that the introduction of the 40mph speed limit along this section of Riverside Drive will assist vehicles and pedestrians crossing Riverside Drive.”
 
I am advised that, having completed its consultation and legal process, the speed limit reduction planned for Riverside Drive west of Tesco is imminent and is likely to be in place in the next couple of months, but I would welcome the views of constituents about the specific issue raised by this constituent about the ‘Riverside Approach to Riverside drive heading west’ maneouvre – just e-mail any views to riverside@frasermacpherson.org.uk – many thanks.

Getting things done … Magdalen Green fencing

Some years ago, at my request and those of local residents, the City Council erected some fencing at the east end of the Green, near to the Riverside Approach/Magdalen Yard Road junction, to stop a minority of irresponsible drivers from parking on the Green edge and damaging the grass.

The fencing has worked pretty well, but some of it has fallen – see right – so at the request of residents and the Friends of Magdalen Green I have asked the council’s Environment Department to have it sorted.

The Department’s Head of Environmental Management has kindly agreed to get the fencing re-erected.

Riverside Drive at Riverside Approach

Residents have asked why the traffic management at the above location is still in place, following the recent motor vehicle damage to the rail bridge.   The City Council’s Head of Transportation advises :

“This is a deliberate section of temporary traffic management to ensure that no further vehicle strikes occur.  The City Engineer’s Structural engineers have undertaken a survey and we (City Engineer / Transportation and Planning) are considering a permanent layout that will prevent any further bridge strikes in the future.
I am unable to give any date for removing the traffic management as this will be dependant on when a permanent solution can be implemented.   My observation is that any delay to traffic egressing from Riverside approach would be restricted to peak times.”

I have been assured that I will be given an update on the situation early in the New Year.

Mindless vandalism at Barnetts Motors

The vandalism that resulted in around £11 500 of damage to cars at Barnetts Motor Group on Riverside Drive at the weekend was totally mindless.
I hope that anyone who saw anything suspicious around the motor group’s compound on Riverside Drive or in adjacent Riverside Approach over the weekend contacts the police with any information they may have.
The garage area is well-lit and it is to be hoped that the police get some leads about who perpetrated this disgraceful vandalism.

I have written to Paul Barnett, the Motor Group’s Managing Director, to express my anger at this disgusting act of vandalism at his premises and to thank him for putting up a reward for information that may assist Tayside Police. Hopefully it will lead to the culprits being traced and convicted.

Riverside Drive and Riverside Approach

Because of work to improve the sea wall along Riverside Drive, there will be some temporary traffic arrangements starting next Monday (3rd November) for a maximum of 5 working days.
Firstly, the speed limit on Riverside drive between Tesco and the rail bridge (westbound only) will be reduced to 30mph during that period.
Secondly, there will be two road maneouvres temporarily prohibited during that time :
 
a) There will be no left (then right) from Riverside Approach into Riverside Drive (under the bridge canopy) in order to go west – drivers will have to drive eastbound to the Tesco roundabout and then head back westwards from the roundabout.
b) There will be no right turn from Riverside Drive (northbound under the bridge canopy) into Riverside Approach going northbound – drivers will have to drive to the Marmalade Pot roundabout then head back eastbound to access Riverside Approach.
Enquiries about this can be made to the City Council’s Planning & Transportation Department on Dundee 433168.

May 2008 Update to the West End Community Council

I have today launched my May update to West End Community Council.
Issues covered include:
* Perth Road – gas main replacement works
* Youth football
* Dundee airport – helicopter noise
* Homebase site – update
* Riverside Approach – site visit with Network Rail

Click on the headline above to read the update.

The Community Council meets this Tuesday at 7pm – location : Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall.

Review of the last few days

Wednesday

* Met with the new acting Managing Director of Travel Dundee, and raised the concerns of residents about the re-routing of the 9X bus service – this no longer serves the Ninewells Avenue area. She promised to review this.

* Attended the Deaf Awareness Open Day at the Central Library, organised by the Sound Sense project. It was good to see a number of organisations promoting their services to deaf people locally and the event was extremely well-attended.
* Attended the “Community Spirit” group evening meeting at Mitchell Street Centre. “Community Spirit” is the new residents’ group for the “north” of the West End Ward – including the Pentland, Cleghorn and Ancrum areas. Another good attendance and an interesting discussion on local issues.


Thursday

* A site visit with Scotland Gas Networks, Turriff (their contractors) and City Council Planning & Transportation at Perth Road to review road management issues, signage and other issues arising out of the continuing gas main replacement works on Perth Road.
* Along with my LibDem council colleague, Cllr Helen Dick, I attended the Best Bar None accreditation scheme 2008 awards launch at the City Chambers. This is an excellent scheme – recognising customer safety and good practice in Dundee’s licensed premises. Click on headline to view the full story in the “Evening Telegraph.”
* After a busy three surgeries at Mitchell Street Centre, Harris Academy and Blackness Primary School, I attended the evening board meeting of Dundee Contemporary Arts. A very positive review of the past year at DCA was presented, showing excellent visitor figures.

Friday

* A helpful site visit with Network Rail to Riverside Approach to allow me to point out graffiti and fly-tipping problems. Pleased at Network Rail’s willingness to tackle these issues, raised with me by West End residents.

* As one of the City Council representatives, I attended the opening of the Winston Churchill exhibition at the University of Dundee, making the 100th anniversary of Churchill’s election as Liberal MP for Dundee. An excellent and entertaining speech by Churchill’s daughter, Lady Mary Soames, who opened the exhibition and unveiled a plaque, commemorating Churchill’s connections to the City.

The event was extremely well-attended and it was good to see my former City Council colleague Neil Powrie (pictured at the event – right) and also my LibDem colleague Willie Wilson (Depute Provost of Perth and Kinross).
You can read the BBC news item on this at :

and the Churchill Centre web pages are very interesting :

http://www.winstonchurchill.org

And, lastly, here’s a photo from the event, during Lady Soames’ speech, showing that I have no photographic skills whatsoever.

Blackness Library’s 100th birthday!

In October of this year, Blackness Library celebrates its 100th anniversary (as does Coldside Library elsewhere in Dundee).
I have been in touch with the City Council’s Leisure & Communities Department already to ask what plans are being considered to mark this important milestone and I am pleased to learn that plans are well advanced. Here’s part of the response I have received from the department :
A number of library staff have been tasked to plan appropriate celebrations for these events and will be holding their first planning meeting shortly to discuss initial proposals for a programme of activities.

As both are Carnegie libraries, contact will be made with the Carnegie Trust for any relevant information to use in exhibitions. Other local groups, together with parents and children will be included in the celebrations for the library.

Publicity for the celebrations will be prepared and issued at an appropriate time.”
I’ll keep residents updated with the details as I hear them.
On another matter, pleased to see the Evening Telegraph promoting Dundee’s latest “Monopoly” board bid (and a brilliant picture of the LP in tonight’s paper – click on headline above to view!)
Last year, I ran one or two items on the blog about the city’s previous (and successful) Monopoly board bid (see – for example – http://frasermacpherson.blogspot.com/2007/05/vote-dundee-and-last-word-on-election.html) and I again hope everyone will “Vote Dundee!” by going to http://www.monopolyworldvote.com/en_GB/world
Lastly, I recently received residents’ complaints about the road condition at the Riverside Approach/Magdalen Yard Road junction. I have now had the following feedback from the City Council :
“An order for the filling of a pothole at the junction of Riverside Approach and Magdalen Yard Road has been raised with the contractor.”

Busy Saturday …

Firstly, thanks to everyone who helped today with West End FOCUS deliveries; many thousands delivered in a rather windy and slightly soggy environment!
I have complained to the City Council’s Economic Development Department about the state of the walls of their industrial units in Peddie Street (see above right) and have asked for the graffiti to be removed.
I have also received complaints that there are absolutely no signs in Perth Road itself to indicate that Riverside Approach is closed as a result of repair work. They are at the south entrance to Riverside Approach but nothing to stop drivers going down, say, Roseangle or Thomson Street, only to find Riverside Approach closed.
On 30th May, I mentioned the trip hazard at the bus stop in Tullideph Road – click on headline above to view story. I have now had feedback from the City Council as follows:
“This hole in the footway was left when the previous variable message system at the bus stop was dismantled and the new bus stop pole installed. The footway should have been reinstated at the time but this was overlooked. Street Lighting coordinated the works and they have arranged with Tayside Contracts to have a temporary repair carried out to make safe, followed by a permanent reinstatement at a later date.”
I have now had feedback on my request for detail of speed/safety surveys in Scott Street, following issues raised by residents. Here is the feedback from the Planning & Transportation Department :
“A speed survey was carried out at Scott Street as well as Blackness Road and City Road. The survey was carried out in the first week in February.
Results did not show a problem with speeding at Scott Street in relation to other similar streets in the City, (with average speed of 27 mph for both directions and an 85th percentile speed of 34 mph which demonstrates that a relatively small number of cars are travelling over 30 mph).
As a result, the police did give attention to both Blackness Road and City Road.
In view of the results there was no case to give similar attention to Scott Street, however, if residents are finding that there is a problem associated with certain vehicles at known times, perhaps these details could be forwarded to the road policing unit for their attention.”

Belfast, City Centre, Riverside Approach, Seabraes

Was in Belfast Tuesday/Wednesday with the “day job” – we ran a professional meeting on local government reform at Belfast City Hall – keynote speaker Sir Michael Lyons of the Lyons Inquiry – excellent day. As the photo shows, Belfast City Hall is a superb civic centre.

If you click on the headline above, you can read the article about my latest City Centre & Harbour Community Council update (and indeed download it) – attended half the meeting tonight (slightly exhausted after last couple of days!) but useful discussion on festive and other matters.


Good news! Photo below shows Network Rail busy replacing the blue boards today on Riverside Approach – but less good is the other photo from a local resident showing the glass at Seabraes. The City Council met with SET earlier this week to explore the detail of a proper maintenance arrangement; meantime I have requested that the glass gets cleaned up.