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Construction of a new Hamworthy rail crossing starts soon

A long awaited rail crossing, offering a direct and safe route to Hamworthy Park, will soon be built in Lower Hamworthy.

Borough of Poole has been striving to provide a rail crossing since the construction of the Harbour Reach development in 2007. The council has now entered into an agreement with DB Schenker, a freight train operator who has been granted a 125 year lease of the Hamworthy Branch Line, and has appointed Avon Construction to build the crossing.

Construction of the new rail crossing, costing approximately £780,000, will start in the summer. It is anticipated that the crossing will be open to the public before Christmas. 

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted that after many years of frustration we will shortly begin work to build this much anticipated crossing. It will provide a safe crossing for those residents who enjoy the facilities at Hamworthy Park and who have been very patient over the years waiting for this scheme to be delivered.

Cllr Mike White, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: “As a local Councillor I have promoted this project since the Harbour Reach development was first conceived some ten years ago. It is to the enormous credit of this council that funding has been provided ahead of developer contributions from the regeneration sites."

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: “We have always wanted to provide a safe crossing for Hamworthy residents but unfortunately the project has suffered from a number of delays which were outside of our control, including re-tendering the project to a wider range of contractors and the council investing a further £250,000 to cover the shortfall in funding to construct the crossing. These issues are now all behind us so we can all look forward to a new crossing by the end of the year.”