1 FebruaryUpdate on the Meteor Crossing As it was snowy and icy last night, I have not been out, so apologies for using this photograph taken of the crossing last week. It will be replaced as soon as the thaw is complete! In a Christchurch Times article we are told that the crossing was an experiment to install a crossing controlled by WiFi. To quote the County Council, it was a trial site ‘for an above-ground wireless link to the traffic signal detection equipment in the road. ‘Unfortunately, although the Somerford Road site was an ideal site on paper and the detailed design showed no potential problems, after construction we found that the wireless signal was intermittently blocked, affecting the safe use of the crossing. ‘We’re incredibly disappointed that the issue wasn’t identified prior to construction , and we’ll be learning from this when choosing further sites fore the wireless technology. ‘We’d like to apologise to residents and drivers in the area for any disruption the work may have caused.’ And so it is being fixed by digging up the road and installing traditional cabling! The work could take up to four weeks.
4 FebruaryThe Friars Cliff Slope You may have read about my mistake yesterday, when there were some photographs taken of a nice couple walking up the completed slope on a lovely sunny day. Unfortunately, while preparing the pictures with the football on in the background, I accidentally deleted them. I blame Manchester United! So they have been taken again. Sadly the weather was dreadful today, but despite that the path looks really good. The wire protective fencing which was in place when they were working on it has been removed, and replaced with plastic fencing to protect the grass around the seating area on top, previously used for storing the workmen’s equipment and materials. See a picture (opens in a new window). Back to top
5 FebruaryYet more about the Meteor Centre You may have read the update at the top of this page. That was four days ago, and the pavement is now back to normal, presumably with cables beneath it. Today the entrance to the Meteor Centre was closed, and workmen were toiling, doing whatever those workmen were doing – presumably involving cables!
Header picture – The Meteor Centre opening ceremony, September 2016Back to top