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Works To Traffic Signals At Holes Bay Moving On At A Pace

Work to upgrade the traffic signals at Holes Bay is progressing well and the contractor is now moving to the next phase of the works programme.

The traffic signals at the Sterte Road junction will be turned off on Thursday 14 November at 9.30am to enable the traffic signal poles, which have suffered significant corrosion over the years, to be removed and replaced. This phase of the works will take a period of four weeks. The new traffic signals control equipment will then be installed and the signals switched back on by 20 December.

During this time there will be no right turn in and out of Sterte Road. Whilst this will cause disruption to local traffic, which will need to use an alternative route, this is the least disruptive arrangement for residents and highway users. Traffic using Holes Bay Road to come in and out of the town centre will be unaffected and crossing facilities for pedestrians will be available by Asda.

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "The works are moving on at a pace and the contractor is now at a stage in the programme where we need to close the junction so that they can remove and replace 17 poles safely.

"We would like to thank local residents and road users for their understanding and patience while improvements to this busy junction are carried out."

The upgraded signals will provide a number of additional benefits to road users including:

*  being more responsive to fluctuation in traffic flows throughout the day
*  improved synchronisation with the signals at Asda and Hunger Hill
*  having more efficient software running the signal junction thereby improving traffic flow outside of peak hours
*  enhanced benefits for cyclists and improved facilities for pedestrians to cross the main road

The works, costing £90,000, started on 4 November and are programmed to be completed by 20 December.