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Improvements to Ashley Road

Works to improve pedestrian, cycling and traffic facilities at a busy junction in Poole are progressing well.

The work, part of a wider improvement programme for Ashley Road, has initially been centred around the Mansfield Road/Ashley Road junction and includes:

*   renewing kerb lines together with carriageway and footpath surfacing to make crossing easier for disabled people and those with buggies or pushchairs;

*   improving cycling facilities at the junction;

*   replacing traffic signals, which have come to the end of their working life, with low voltage and energy efficient equipment;

*   removing the existing banned left turn for vehicles from Mansfield Road into Ashley Road.

So far these works have been carried out with only minimal disruption to road users.

The next part of the programme involves resurfacing the junction and installing new signal equipment. To allow the public to safely cross this junction while these works take place additional temporary traffic controls will be in place during week commencing 31 March. During this period there may be some additional congestion at peak times as the junction will have reduced capacity. Mansfield Road will also be closed to all traffic during 3 and 4 April.

The next phase of the rolling programme of works on Ashley Road involves improvements to the Richmond Road/Ashley Road junction, where work is planned to start on Monday 14 April.

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "These works are moving on at a pace and local people should soon see some initial improvements to Ashley Road. However, we recognise that there will be some disruption to road users during the next phase of works and would like to thank drivers for their patience while these improvements are carried out."

Further works at key locations along Ashley Road will be undertaken in autumn 2014.

The improvement works costing approximately £1 million are part of the Three Towns Travel project to improve sustainable travel between Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.