A new road layout will be in place at the Townside area in Poole as part of a £11.7 million scheme of major road improvements funded through the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.
From 7am on Sunday 20 January 2019, Borough of Poole will switch to the new road layout at Hunger Hill junction. At the same time a new one-way system will be in place with West Quay Road becoming one-way travelling away from Poole Bridge and West Street becoming one-way travelling towards Poole Bridge. Marston Road, which links the two roads, will become two-way.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “The works so far have been designed well and have helped to minimise the disruption to those travelling through the area. The council and its Contractor, Mildren, took extra care through the Christmas and New Year period to ensure that this was the case with minimal queues as a result. This effort shall continue through January.
“The switchover is the next key milestone in this major infrastructure project. We have completed all the work under the existing layout, and it is now necessary to switch the traffic flows to the new junction layout in order to complete the works.
“There are a lot of activities that need to be undertaken on switchover day in order to safely make the changes and this work will be carried out in the early hours of Sunday 20 January to minimise disruption to road users.”
The activities that will be carried out include:
- at 3am, traffic will be diverted away from the middle of the Hunger Hill junction, onto surrounding roads. This diversion will be clearly signed
- the diversion will enable the white lines to be removed, and new lines painted
- traffic signals engineers will disconnect the existing traffic signals and install and test the new ones, ready to be switched on later
- obsolete road signs at Hunger Hill, on West Quay Road, West Street and Marston Road will be taken down and new signs put up
- Marston Road will be temporarily closed to enable traffic signals at either end to be commissioned, existing white lines to be removed, and new lines painted
- cones and barriers will be put out to help direct traffic where it needs to go until the permanent new infrastructure is completed
- once the night’s work is complete, a final check will take place to ensure that everything is in place to switchover safely
- traffic will be held for a short while whilst the new traffic signals are switched on – this should be at approximately 7am at which point the Hunger Hill diversion will be removed
- traffic will be released into the new junction and one-way system, and monitored to ensure that everything is working as it should
- we are expecting to re-open Marston Road, in both directions, to traffic at approximately 8am
Delays may occur as drivers get used to the new road layouts. Motorists are encouraged to drive with care and if using sat navs, to treat with caution as they may not have been updated with the changes.
From Sunday 20 January, the entrance to Dear Hay Lane from Hunger Hill will be closed for approximately 5 weeks. This will enable work to be carried out on Dear Hay Lane between Hunger Hill and the Brewhouse Pub. Access to Chapel Lane car park and all other access will be from the southern end of Dear Hay Lane, via New Orchard.
The three-way temporary traffic lights that have been installed at the junction of West Street and New Orchard so that Siemens can carry out preparatory signalling works will be removed on Sunday 20 January.
In addition, the lane closures in place on the Holes Bay Road approach to Hunger Hill for the installation of some signal pole bases will also be removed on Sunday 20 January.
The main works at Hunger Hill are scheduled to be completed in June 2019. Wider works are also taking place on West Street and West Quay Road, involving the completion of the links for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users from Hunger Hill to Poole Bridge together with improvements to public spaces and these works will continue until 2020.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “These improvements support the Council’s ambitious plans to revitalise the centre of Poole, the future expansion of the Port of Poole as well as redevelopment sites in the area creating new homes, leisure opportunities and a vibrant economy for local people.”
See map of the new layout here.
Townside Hunger Hill Switchover Map