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Have your say on Gravel Hill improvements

Local residents and businesses are being asked to give their views on proposed improvements to Gravel Hill, plus the type of temporary measures that could be put in place to help minimise disruption.

Essential works are currently being planned from Queen Anne Drive to Dunyeats Road which will start on site in Summer 2016 and take approximately eight months to complete. The works will include stabilising the embankment and improving traffic flows at the junctions. In addition improvements will be made for pedestrians and cyclists in the area.

For most of this time a one-way road closure will be in operation, but for a period of up to three months the road will be fully closed to all traffic. Diversion routes will be in place for motorists but it is hoped that access can be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists throughout the works.

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "We are aware that the Gravel Hill embankment has deteriorated over recent years despite regular maintenance. We are constantly assessing the embankment to ensure it is safe, but if we don't carry out the works the embankment will at some point fail, resulting in this busy road being closed.

"We are also looking to improve the reliability of journey times from the A31 to the Port of Poole and Poole town centre. There are a number of proposals to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion around the junctions on Gravel Hill, which we would like local people to comment on.

"We recognise that these works will cause considerable inconvenience to people. We would like to hear feedback on these proposals and whether there are any temporary measures that could be provided to help ease disruption."

People can complete an online questionnaire at www.poole.gov.uk/dorsetgrowthdeal which will be available until 29 November 2015. A public consultation meeting is in the process of being arranged and details will be announced shortly.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "We are fully committed to ensuring that the A349 remains a safe and reliable route to the Port of Poole and this £4.3 million scheme represents a significant investment in this main route."

The works are largely funded by the Dorset LEP. Chairman, Gordon Page, said: "The LEP works to strategically drive long term economic growth and prosperity for our local area. The Gravel Hill works will improve access to the town and the Port of Poole, a major economic asset for Dorset and one that helps to drive long term economic growth that will benefit the community and business."