Major improvement works to upgrade the traffic signals, at the junction of Waterloo Road with Hatchpond Road, have now been completed.
Over the past three months approximately £665,000 has been spent on improving the junction including the replacement of the current traffic signals which have come to the end of their working life. The Waterloo Road/Hatchpond Road junction has the highest number of traffic signals of any junction in Poole, so it is important these operate reliably.
The upgraded signals provide a number of additional benefits to road users including:
• being more responsive to fluctuation in traffic flows throughout the day
• having more efficient software running the signal junction thereby improving traffic flow throughout the day
• providing better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
• removal of guard railing and other street clutter
The works also included installing a new Toucan Crossing across Waterloo Road on the north side of the junction and also upgrading all the existing pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction to Toucan Crossings, which are suitable for use by pedestrians and cyclists. These crossing facilities link the existing shared footway and cycleways that meet at this junction, to provide an important connection in the borough’s strategic cycle network.
In addition the junction and sections of Waterloo Road, between Sopers Lane and the Hatchpond junction, have been resurfaced.
John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased that the significant improvements to this busy junction, undertaken by the council's own construction team working with Siemens and Volker Highways, have been completed on time. We would like to thank road users for their patience and understanding while these works have been carried out."
Councillor Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: “While these essential works do not form part of the major improvements that will be carried out from the A31 to the Port of Poole later this year, they do complement the work on this important transport corridor.
“The installation of Toucan Crossings at this junction means that once the Gravel Hill improvements have been completed, there will be a direct cycle facility from Merley to Fleetsbridge Roundabout, with the majority off road.”
These major essential works were coordinated to finish in advance of the significant improvements taking place at Gravel Hill from July 2016.