The £11.7 million major improvement works being carried out at Townside, the area between Hunger Hill and Poole Bridge, including West Street and West Quay Road, continue to remain on schedule with the latest phase due to be completed in time for the Christmas period.
From Monday 10 December until Monday 24 December, all work will be treated as taking place during ‘peak hours’, meaning the majority of traffic lanes will remain open all day, during this period.
No work will be carried out between Monday 24 December and early January 2019 ensuring local residents and visitors can take full advantage of the Christmas sales and festivities.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “We have taken every opportunity to minimise the impact these improvement works are having on people. We have continually monitored the traffic flow to see whether any adjustments can be made to the works programme whilst ensuring the works remain on schedule. Indeed we have already made some adjustments leading up the Christmas period to ensure local residents and visitors can make the most of the Christmas festivities and shopping in Poole.
“The type of work being carried out does mean that the traffic management arrangements have to remain in place throughout the Christmas period. However, to encourage people to visit Poole during the festive period, we are once again offering the popular Christmas park and ride service, which will be free to use this year. Buses will leave the Creekmoor park and ride site every 15 minutes from 8am until 6pm on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 December. We do hope people will take full use of this free service or the free parking in town centre car parks on selected days.”
Justin Hundley-Appleton, Poole BID manager, commented: “In this important period for high street retail we would like to encourage people to shop locally for everything they need over the Christmas period. As well as the free park and ride service between Creekmoor park and Dolphin Shopping Centre, shoppers can also park for free on late night shopping evenings, from 6pm, and on Sundays.”
Works have progressed well at Hunger Hill over the last few months including:
- removal of all traffic islands
- excavating and surfacing of the central reservation to enable traffic to be moved onto this area early next year
- drainage and signal works
- installing kerbs on various small islands including West Quay Road junction
Works will restart on Monday 7 January 2019. Later that month works will start on West Street, from Hunger Hill down towards New Orchard, to realign kerbs and carry out footpath and cycleway works. In addition works will continue on the Hunger Hill junction ahead of the ‘switchover’ on Sunday 20 January 2019 to the new road layout and new one-way system on West Quay Road and West Street. More information on the switchover will be available in the new year.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “The Council has ambitious plans to revitalise the centre of Poole and this multi million pound investment in the town’s infrastructure is a significant step towards helping us achieve this vision. Funded through Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership secured growth deal investment, the improvements support the future expansion of the Port of Poole, as well as the redevelopment of sites creating new homes, leisure opportunities and a vibrant economy for local people.”
Lorna Carver, Director Dorset LEP said: “The Port of Poole and surrounding area is a key growth priority for Dorset. This really is an exciting development for the town which stands to benefit massively from this multi-million pound investment through the provision of thousands of new jobs and homes, improved public spaces, and safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists.”