A controversial Talbot Heath development could lead to a rise in traffic barriers being installed in the area, as concerns are raised over its effects on congestion.

Traffic is expected to be queued back along the Wallisdown Road corridor if local government secretary Eric Pickles gives the go-ahead to the scheme.

Michael Carter, a traffic planner speaking on behalf of Bournemouth Borough Council, explained at the Talbot Heath planning inquiry that the effects of congestion have been underestimated.

He is reported by the Bournemouth Echo as saying: "An average of 7.5 per cent of additional traffic will be added by the proposed development.

"In my opinion the addition of this additional traffic will lead to roads that are already over capacity."

It was recently revealed by the South Wales Evening Post that it had received a number of complaints from Swansea motorists concerned about traffic levels in the area.

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