Major investment planned for Blandford Road, a key route in Poole

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Blandford Road in Hamworthy is the next key route in Poole to benefit from the council’s extensive resurfacing programme aimed at improving some of the busiest roads in the borough. 

The major improvements to Blandford Road will be carried out in two phases either side of Christmas. 

Preparation works to repair the footpaths and kerbs between Lake Road and Ashmore Avenue have already started and will take two weeks to complete. During this time traffic will flow as usual, although road users may experience some delays because of the type of works being carried out. 

The first phase of works to resurface Blandford Road and improve cycling facilities will start on Monday 13 November for two weeks. To help traffic flow, one lane will remain open to vehicles for much of the time. The southbound lane from Inglesham Way to Beccles Close heading towards the Port will be closed daily between 7am and the evening peak period from Monday 13 November to Friday 24 November. The lane closure will be removed overnight and at weekends so that traffic can travel in both directions minimising the impact on local people. 

Buses will continue to run in both directions throughout the period of the works allowing passengers to continue to access shops, schools and services towards the Port and town centre. 

Blandford Road will be closed in both directions on Sunday 19 November between Beccles Close and Rigler Road 7.30am to 6pm to enable both sides of the road to be resurfaced. This will avoid unnecessary impact on the schools during the week. 

Preparation works to enable resurfacing works to be undertaken in the New Year will take place between Rigler Road and the Port commencing on Monday 4 December. The work will be carried out from 9.30am to 4.30pm and during this time stop/go boards will be used to manage traffic. This element of the work has been scheduled to take place once Poole Bridge has reopened for public use. 

A further full closure of Blandford Road from the Port to Rigler Road will take place on Sunday 7 and 14 January between 7.30am and 6pm so that both sides of the road can be resurfaced. 

During these works the main diversion route will be along the A350 Holes Bay Road. 

 Mobile variable message signs (VMS) will be used throughout the works to keep road users up to date. Pedestrian access will continue to be provided. 

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “The council is committed to investing in its key routes and these major improvements to B3068 Blandford Road are costing approximately £840,000. 

“To help minimise disruption to road users, short sections of the road will be closed in one direction. However local traffic can still use side roads to navigate around the closure. 

"We recognise that this essential work will cause some unavoidable disruption to road users and would ask motorists to allow extra time for their journeys and use an alternative route when possible." 

The second phase of works resurfacing the remaining section of Blandford Road will commence January/February 2018. 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We have responded to our residents’ requests to improve roads and pavements by embarking on an extensive road resurfacing programme throughout Poole. We appreciate there is never a good time to carry out such works, but this investment is essential to ensure our roads remain fit for purpose which ultimately benefits all road users.” 

Cllrs Mike White and Vishal Gupta, Ward Members for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: “We welcome this investment in Hamworthy which will significantly improve the Blandford Road. We have been discussing this scheme in some detail with our officers and are pleased to see the work will be phased to minimise disruption.”

The council’s ongoing resurfacing programme will also see improvements to Queen Anne Drive, Magna Road, Alder Road, Wimborne Road and Ringwood Road between now and April 2018. 

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