Townside access

From Sunday 20 January 2019, we will be switching over to the new Hunger Hill junction layout and the implementation of the new one-way system on West Street and West Quay Road.

View the simple map of the works. Other more detailed plans are available on the right of this page.

You can also read the townside access FAQs.

Work is also commencing on the improved footways and cycleways on West Quay Road, starting at Hunger Hill near National Tyres, and moving progressively back towards the junction with Marston Road. Cones and barriers will be used around the location that work is taking place, but these will be kept to a minimum and moved along the road as works progress. Little or no disruption to traffic is expected here.

Work started 8 October 2018

To support the work which started on 8 October, two turning bans are in place until Friday 28 June 2019.

A left-hand turn ban for all vehicles from Hunger Hill Roundabout to West Quay Road and a right-hand turn ban for all vehicles from Hunger Hill Roundabout to Towngate Bridge.

We anticipate the main works will take around nine months to complete. During this time works will be carried out on one arm of the junction at a time.

The majority of traffic lanes will remain open during peak hours, with no full road closures taking place on the main routes. In addition, the last two weeks before Christmas will be treated as ‘peak hours’ all day, every day. This means no closures in the two weeks before Christmas.

In order to speed up the works, further reduce impact on traffic and ensure safety of the workforce and travelling public, the contractor will carry out certain activities overnight. Noisy activities will be kept to a minimum during night working. Local residents and businesses will be advised in advance of the night working taking place.

This is a major infrastructure project and despite all our efforts some disruption is likely. Throughout the works motorists are advised to plan ahead, use alternative forms of transport where possible and allow more time for their journeys.

About Townside Access

The town centre side of Backwater Channel in Poole is changing. A masterplan is in place for the future expansion of the port and the various development sites along West Street and West Quay Road are starting to be planned and delivered. In time these sites will provide thousands of new homes, leisure opportunities and new jobs for local people. We want this area to be a pleasant and inviting place that people want to use (place-making).

The road network for this area was approved in 2015 and we have already made some changes focused on pedestrian and cyclist improvements on West Street and West Quay Road; including new, safer pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes. Now, to support the strategic nature of the area further, we will be improving access to the port and town centre to help ‘unlock’ the development sites for regeneration. We successfully secured £11.7 million from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Dorset Growth Deal, to help provide this. The funding also provides a unique opportunity to create attractive public spaces to enhance the quality of life for local people (place-making). We’d like you to give your views on how you think these spaces should be shaped for everyone to enjoy.

NB – the government Growth Deal grant is specifically provided for this capital scheme and cannot be used for any other council function.

Our aims for Townside Access

  • improve access to the various development sites on the town side of Backwater Channel to encourage regeneration
  • shape public spaces to create a new local identity for Townside; making best use of materials, landscaping, lighting, artwork, signage and street furniture
  • create more reliable journey times and safeguard air quality in the area
  • deliver a more consistent cycling and pedestrian network with better connectivity to the town centre and upgrade crossing facilities

Creating a local identity at Townside

Place-making can be described as: The planning, design and maintenance of public spaces; maximising local community assets, aspirations and the area's potential with the intention of creating public spaces to promote people's health, happiness and well-being.

Aspirations to create a local identity for Townside were defined in the 2015 Poole Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document and include: 

  • respecting local heritage: Preserve and enhance heritage assets and sensitive locations such as Hunger Hill Burial Ground
  • enhancing gateways into the town: celebrate the location of the historic Town Gate
  • integrating artwork (with local relevance): free-standing art works, artist designed landscapes, light works, digital technologies, use of materials
  • improving active travel: a network of public spaces, easy access, well connected routes, desire lines, walking and cycling
  • details in public spaces: visual interest, local distinctiveness, consistent and creative use of materials, maintenance, street furniture, reduce street clutter, lighting, sense of place
  • steady vehicle flows on strategic and main routes: reliable through-put of traffic, efficient access to the port, wide pavements, cycle lanes
  • promoting public transport: continued improvements to infrastructure to enhance economic growth and help reduce journeys made by private cars
  • greening the town: opportunities for soft landscaping, tree planting, green walls (vertically planted gardens)

Townside Access programme

Place-making will be embedded into each phase to improve the attractiveness of public spaces.

Phase 1: 2018

Sterte Avenue West: delivered a new signalised junction to allow traffic to turn right onto Holes Bay A350, without needing to use the Hunger Hill junction. It also provided a new pedestrian crossing across Holes Bay Road.

Marston Road: enabling works to permit a later change in Phase 2 of the direction of traffic, from one-way to two-way. It allowed effective circulation of traffic between West Street and West Quay Road; designed into its original construction in 2011.

Phase 2: 2018-2020

Hunger Hill junction: improve the efficiency of the junction together with more direct and safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. Changing the direction of traffic on West Street (towards the bridges only) and West Quay Road (towards Hunger Hill only).

Phase 3: 2018-2020

Hunger Hill to Poole Bridge: completing the links for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

If you have any questions about Townside Access, you can call us on 01202 262000 or email

Page last updated: 09 May 2019
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