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Final phase of improvements for Ashley Road

The final phase of works to improve pedestrian, cycling and traffic facilities on a busy main road in Poole has started today (5 January). 

Major improvement works have been carried out to the central area of Ashley Road, between Jubilee Road and Albert Road, since September. The works were temporarily stopped in the busy run up to Christmas but the site team will now return to complete the works by the end of March.

The works are part of a wider £1 million improvement programme for Ashley Road and will include: 

•      separate parking and bus lay-bys to ensure buses can pull right in to the bus stop, enabling traffic to keep flowing; 
•      two new bus stops and bus stop shelters in the vicinity of the Co-op and the Conservative Club, which include integral seating and satellite-linked real time information displays; 
•      a new centrally located and upgraded signal controlled pedestrian crossing and two pedestrian refuge (island) crossings; 
•      improvements to the local environment including removing unnecessary signs and street furniture widening footways wherever possible and new landscaping with some trees.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "The improvements are part of the Three Towns Travel project which aims to promote sustainable travel across the conurbation of Poole, Bournemouth, and Christchurch along the busy A35 corridor. Schemes are designed to encourage people to choose more environmentally friendly forms of travel. Relying less on the car will help reduce congestion on roads, improve air quality, support the local economy and make public spaces more attractive. 

"We have already completed improvements at the Mansfield Road and Richmond Road junctions. The works starting in January are the final phase of the £1million programme for improving travel in Ashley Road. We would like to thank drivers in advance for their patience and understanding while these improvements are carried out.” 

Cllr Philip Eades, Ward Member for Branksome West, Borough of Poole, said: "Local residents have been very patient whilst these improvement works are undertaken and are beginning to see real benefits. They will be delighted that the works are moving into the final phase."

Cllr Marion Le Poidevin, Ward Member for Branksome West, Borough of Poole, said: "The pause in the work on Ashley Road during December was very welcome for shops and shoppers alike. The changes made so far have improved parts of the road, especially now that both the traffic light crossings have got their bleepers back. Once the project is finished I am sure Ashley Road will be better for everyone - shoppers, drivers and pedestrians - and a much more pleasant place."

Cllr Ann Stribley, Ward Member for Parkstone, Borough of Poole, said: "The new pedestrian crossings and improvements at the top of North Road will be very much appreciated by the many people using this busy but difficult junction. It's the final stage in a campaign by local residents who are much to be admired for their patience and endurance, particularly Wendy Tiffin of The Grange, Mount Road."

It is anticipated that the works will be completed by the end of March 2015.