Plan ahead as major road improvements continue at Townside

The £11.7 million scheme of major road improvements at Townside area in Poole re-commences in earnest  on Monday 7 January 2019.

The Townside scheme covers the area between Hunger Hill and Poole Bridge, including West Street and West Quay Road, and involves the reconfiguration of the Hunger Hill junction to improve its efficiency as well as the provision of more direct and safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

The majority of traffic lanes will remain open during peak hours (7.30am to 9am and 4.30pm to 6pm). During off peak hours only one lane will be open to traffic in the area where the contractor is working.

Residents and commuters are advised to plan ahead, use alternative forms of transport where possible and allow more time for their journeys.

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 but inevitably these works will cause some unavoidable disruption to road users. Where possible we would encourage drivers to start thinking about the steps they can take to minimise the impact on their journeys. We apologise for any inconvenience these improvement works may cause.”

Possible steps to help ease the impact on drivers 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, a free website linking drivers
  • Using alternative means of travel such as walking and cycling

Works in January will include starting on West Street, from Hunger Hill down towards New Orchard, to realign kerbs and carry out footpath and cycleway works. Works will also 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.

Residents and local businesses can attend a drop-in session at the RNLI College in West Quay Road anytime between 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 January 2019. Council Officers will be on hand to explain the changes and answer questions.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “This is a major infrastructure project and we would urge people to pop along to the public drop-in sessions to find out more about the switchover and the impact this will have on motorists.”

Funded through the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, 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 of sites in the area creating new homes, leisure opportunities and a vibrant economy for local people.

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