Major improvement works, including an upgrade of the traffic signals, will be carried out at the junction of Waterloo Road with Hatchpond Road from Monday 8 February.
The works, costing approximately £665,000, will involve 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 will 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
The works will also include 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 will 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, will be resurfaced.
There should be minimal impact on north and south bound traffic using Waterloo Road, however there will be no right turns permitted from Waterloo Road and traffic that enters and exits Hatchpond Road and Cabot Lane will also be limited to left turns only, to ensure the safety of road users while the works are carried out. Diversion signs will be in place throughout the works.
John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “The condition of these signals has deteriorated to such an extent that they will soon be no longer fit for purpose. We are pleased that we are able to carry out significant improvements to this busy junction which will provide additional benefits to all road users.
“We appreciate that the road restrictions will cause some inconvenience and we would like to thank local residents and road users in advance for their patience while these improvements are carried out.”
Councillor Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: “While these 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 will mean 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.”
The works, which will take approximately three months to complete, have been coordinated to finish in advance of the major improvements taking place at Gravel Hill starting in July 2016.