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Scheme kick starts £23.3 million investment in Poole’s infrastructure

Pedestrians and cyclists are to benefit from significant safety improvements at the junction of Dunyeats Road with Gravel Hill as part of the major investment in Poole’s infrastructure by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. This initiative will help boost economic growth and bring an anticipated £500 million of leveraged private investment in to the area as well as creating up to 1500 new jobs and 3000 new homes. 

The initial work will start on Monday 23 May ahead of the more major works, and will form the link to connect Merley to the existing cycle route south of Dunyeats Road. In addition at the Dunyeats Junction two toucan crossings shall be built, one across Dunyeats Road and the other across the northern side of Gravel Hill. These are designed to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists as well as for those visiting the Crematorium. There will also be some work to the kerbs helping to improve access from the Crematorium improving visibility for drivers. The work will take around nine weeks to complete. 

These improvements will be followed by the more major works to Gravel Hill to  strengthen the embankment, widen the footway to create a shared footway/cycleway and improvements to the Gravel Hill and Queen Ann Drive junction. 

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “This initial work will have a minimal effect on road users and will be completed prior to the main improvement works at Gravel Hill which are scheduled to start on Sunday 24 July. These significant improvements will not only benefit pedestrians and cyclists but will help ease traffic flow along Gravel Hill and traffic into and out of Dunyeats Road and the Crematorium.” 

Cllr Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “These improvements are part of a much wider co-ordinated programme that will see the A31 to the Port of Poole benefit from significant investment over the next few years.”