Mick F wrote:What they need to do is to join up Exeter/M5 and the M27 along the south coast.
I agree - I drive eastwards to Bexhill-on-Sea fairly regularly and, coming home, beyond Ringwood the A31/35 is a joke. It takes as long to to the last 1/3 of the journey as it has taken to do the first 2/3. However routing the (fanciful) motorway would be interesting to say the least, which is why, I suspect, nothing has been done, quite apart from the cost.
Mick F wrote:Why Chideok has been neglected, I don't know.
Or indeed the road between West Moors/Ferndown and Bere Regis (a large chunk of that goes past the Drax estate so that will be why it hasn't been made into a dual carriageway)... and then Dorchester to Askers then Bridport to Honiton. All of it is single carriageway and dire when laden with traffic.
Mick F wrote: Axminster and Charmouth used to be clogged as I remember, so was Bridport and Dorchester.
Both Bridport and Dorchester are now as bad as they were before the bypasses went in. The trouble is that the short through town route is still a through route. The planners in both cases listen to whinging shop keepers and rather than making it nearly impossible to drive a car/truck through the towns they leave the route open for, largely imaginary, 'passing trade'.
'tis a thorny problem indeed, and sadly I think that the only practical way of reducing the burden on Chideok, and other villages in similar situations, is to reduce the reliance on motorised road transport along side making private motoring much much more expensive.
p.s. BBC are reporting most airports open again so good luck on your JOGLE!