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Improvements To West Street

Works to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities for a busy section of road in Poole have progressed to the next stage.

The initial stage of work to West Street has been completed on time with only minimal disruption to road users. The second phase of the programme, involving improvements to the signalised junction by the Queen Mary pub has now commenced. These works will require the removal and replacement of the current traffic signals with low voltage and energy efficient equipment. In addition new controlled pedestrian crossing facilities will be provided on each approach to the junction. A zebra crossing by Lovetts Lane will also be installed and these works are scheduled to be completed by March 2014.

To enable the new signal equipment to be installed, it will be necessary for the junction to be controlled with temporary traffic signals for up to two weeks. During this period there may be some additional congestion at peak times as the junction will have reduced capacity. The temporary traffic signals are likely to be in place in February 2014.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "During the summer we asked local people to comment on two proposals designed to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety on this busy road. I am delighted that we have been able to start these works this year.

"We recognise that there will be some disruption to road users during this next phase of works and would like to thank drivers for their patience while these important works are carried out."