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Improvement Works To Two Main Roads In Poole

Improvement works to two main roads in Poole will start in the new year, as part of the Three Towns Travel project.

Poole Road will benefit from a range of improvements which were identified through a recent public consultation exercise. 

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The first phase of work, costing approximately £450,000, will begin on Thursday 2 January. Although preliminary works have already started, adjacent to the junction with St Aldhelm's Road, the further works will include:

  • making the area in front of the shops opposite John Lewis more attractive and altering the parking slightly to ensure that parked cars have little affect on through traffic; 
  • an additional bus lane that can be used by cyclists and a shared footpath and cycleway to link Lindsay Road to Poole Road along St Aldhelm's Road;
  • a new bus stop near Eagle Road to help keep traffic flowing. The bus stop will benefit from a shelter and real time information;
  • a toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists on Lindsay Road; 
  • a raised informal crossing on St Aldhelm's Road; 
  • traffic signals being upgraded to incorporate a signalised crossing at the junction with Bourne Valley Road to make it easier for pedestrians to cross.

To avoid disruption to road users at peak times, works that affect traffic flow will only be carried out between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Towards the end of the programme, temporary traffic signals will be in operation for one week to allow installation of the new traffic signals at the Bourne Valley Road junction.

Once these works have been completed some routine resurfacing works will also be carried out on Poole Road. These phased works will be carried out between 9.30am and 4pm and dates will be confirmed nearer the time. The main works on Poole Road will be completed in the Spring.

The first phase of improvement works at Ashley Road will also begin on Thursday 2 January. The overall cost of the project is anticipated to be approximately £1million. The first phase of works will be centred around the junction with Mansfield Road and will provide:

  • renewal of kerb lines together with carriageway and footway surfacing to make crossing easier for disabled people and those with buggies or pushchairs; 
  • improved cycling facilities at the junction;
  • replacement of traffic signals, which have come to the end of their working life, with low voltage and energy efficient equipment;
  • the removal of the existing banned left turn for vehicles from Mansfield Road into Ashley Road.

The works will require the closure of Victoria Road and Mansfield Road for limited periods to ensure public safety while certain works are carried out. The periods of closure are currently being finalised and will be kept as short as possible to minimise disruption to the local community. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and drivers will be asked to seek alternative routes. 

Temporary traffic signals will be operating towards the end of the works to enable the main traffic signals to be replaced. There will also be a two-day closure of Mansfield Road, at the junction with Ashley Road, to allow resurfacing works to be carried out.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "We have carried out extensive consultation with the local community to identify a range of improvement schemes along the main Poole to Bournemouth corridor as part of the Three Towns Travel project. I am delighted that these two important schemes are now starting to be delivered and will be of benefit to everyone, whether you walk, cycle, take the car or the bus.

"Unfortunately there will be some disruption to road users but we have scheduled the work in such a way as to minimise the impact to the community. We would like to thank drivers in advance for their patience and understanding while these improvement are carried out."

The first phase of improvement works for Ashley Road is scheduled to be completed in the spring and further works at key locations will be undertaken during 2014.

Funding has been allocated by Borough of Poole from the £12.1 million Three Towns Travel project. Further information on these projects can be found on the Three Towns Travel page.