With schools holidays coming to an end, commuters are reminded to plan ahead while Poole Bridge is closed for refurbishment.
The bridge is temporarily closed to all road traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians until the end of October 2017.
The major refurbishment is part of a series of major transport schemes to improve access into and around the Port of Poole.
• Read more information about the refurbishment of Poole Bridge
• Read more information about the wider transport improvement programme
People are encouraged to plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys. A fully signed local diversion route is in place via the Twin Sails Bridge. A temporary bus timetable extending Route 152 to Lower Hamworthy on a half-hourly service is also in operation.
John Rice, Engineering Manager for Borough of Poole, said: “We appreciate these essential works are causing disruption to road users. The difficulties encountered earlier in the project have now been overcome and the works are progressing well. We have taken every opportunity to reduce the impact this is having on people. With the new school year starting, we would encourage people to allow extra time for their journeys.”
Possible steps may include:
• starting your journey earlier or later than usual to avoid peak rush hour
• considering car sharing. You can find your car share partner with carsharedorset.com, a free website linking drivers and passengers across Dorset
• using alternative means of travel such as walking and cycling
The improvement works at Poole Bridge are part of the major investment in Poole’s infrastructure by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.