Major improvement scheme in Poole nearing next stage

Work on a multi-million pound scheme of major improvements to the Townside area in Poole is progressing to its next phase next month.

The Townside scheme, funded by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Dorset Growth Deal and the Borough of Poole, covers the area between Hunger Hill and Poole Bridge, including West Street and West Quay Road. The work forms part of a wider £23.3 million Local Growth Fund programme designed to improve access to the Port of Poole and the regeneration area.

The first phase of work has successfully seen the installation of new kerbs and alterations to footpaths and roads at the junctions either end of Marston Road. A new signalised junction on the Holes Bay Road at Sterte Avenue West has also been built to eliminate the future need for U-turns at Hunger Hill. 

As the next phase of work begins it is necessary for an overnight road closure of West Quay Road and the Twin Sails Bridge on Sunday 16 and Monday 17 September 2018. This is to resurface the road following kerb realignment and utility work. The traffic will be diverted over Poole Bridge with signed diversions in operation over these two nights. More details will be made available soon.

Once the streetlights in this area are replaced with energy efficient LED lighting the footpath and cycle path will also be resurfaced. This work will be co-ordinated with other works to minimise disruption to road users.

Two temporary bans on turns will be in place from 7 October ahead of the Phase Two work to enable works on the Hunger Hill roundabout to then be carried out. These are:

  • a temporary left hand turn ban for all vehicles from Hunger Hill roundabout to West Quay Road 
  • a temporary right hand turn ban for all vehicles from Hunger Hill roundabout to Towngate Bridge  

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said:  

“This phase of the work paves the way for Marston Road to become two-way when the main Hunger Hill roundabout is then reconfigured later this year. This is to allow more effective circulation of traffic between West Street and West Quay Road as originally designed in 2011.”

The three-year £11.7 million scheme aims to improve access from the Port to the town centre, improve the Hunger Hill junction to make it easier to navigate and improve the public space making it a more pleasant environment for residents and visitors to the area.

The improvement works at Marston Road will be followed by the Hunger Hill works starting in early October 2018. These works involve the reconfiguration of the Hunger Hill junction to improve its efficiency as well as the provision of more direct and safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. The direction of traffic on West Street (towards the bridges only) and West Quay Road (towards Hunger Hill only) will also change. More information will be available in due course.

The final third phase also commences in October 2018 lasting until 2020 and will involve the completion of the links for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users from Hunger Hill to Poole Bridge. 

Improvements to public spaces in the Townside area enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors to the area will also take place during this time. These works will be based on the feedback received from residents during last year’s detailed public consultation. This is proving to be valuable in progressing the design work that embodies the maritime heritage theme which is so important to local people.

Lorna Carver, Dorset LEP Director said: 

“This multi-million-pound investment into the Port of Poole’s transport infrastructure will not only safeguard important road and bridge routes but will also unlock economic growth into the region.  Improving the Port of Poole’s infrastructure will secure industrial, maritime, residential and visitor growth and deliver significant long-term employment, housing and economic benefits.”

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