Major investment in Blandford Road reaches next stage
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Major investment in Blandford Road reaches next stage

Major investment in Blandford Road, Hamworthy continues as the second phase of resurfacing works is scheduled to start on Tuesday 2 January. 

This work forms part of the council’s extensive resurfacing programme aimed at improving some of the busiest roads in Poole. 

Work will start from 9.30am on Tuesday 2 January until 5.30pm on Saturday 13 January. To help traffic flow, one lane will remain open to vehicles for much of the time. The southbound lane from the boundary line near Sandy Way to Inglesham Way will remain closed for 24 hours a day until the work is completed. 

Two resurfacing teams will be carrying out works on Blandford Road. The first will start on 3 January and will head south from Turlin Road. A further team will start three days later and will head north from Turlin Road. This arrangement will ensure the work is completed as soon as possible and ahead of re-strengthening works being carried out by Dorset County Council on the A35 at the Upton flyover which is anticipated to start on 15 January. 

Key junctions at Turlin Road, Dawkins Road and Sandy Way will remain open throughout the works but delays to journeys are anticipated. Information boards will be displayed at the junctions of other side roads to indicate the times and dates when delays are expected at that particular junction. 

Buses will continue to run in both directions throughout the period of the works enabling passengers to access shops, schools and services towards the Port and town centre. However, evening services will be affected and there will be no southbound bus service from 9.15pm through to 7am the following morning. 

During these works the main diversion route will be along the A350 Holes Bay Road. Mobile variable message signs (VMS) will be used throughout the works to keep road users up to date. Pedestrian access will continue to be provided. 

The schedule of works has been carefully considered in light of the delayed re-opening of Poole Bridge by the council's contractor, Interserve, and the impact this is having on traffic in Hamworthy. The latest phase of works has to progress in early January but other resurfacing work, which will involve a full road closure, will now take place later in the year.

•  Read more information about the works and to view a map

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “These major improvements to B3068 Blandford Road are costing £860,000 and are part of the council’s ongoing commitment to investing in key routes in Poole. 

“We’ve been working closely with Dorset County Council to ensure we finish our works before they start working on the Upton flyover thereby minimising ongoing congestion and disruption to local people. However, we appreciate that this essential work on Blandford Road will cause some unavoidable disruption and would ask motorists to allow extra time for their journeys and use an alternative route when possible.” 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder, Borough of Poole, said: “We’ve embarked on an extensive road resurfacing programme following requests from our residents to improve Poole’s roads and pavements. This investment will benefit all road users and we are already seeing this in the earlier phase of works on Blandford Road as well as those on Longfleet Road where road users are benefitting from new, smooth, safe and quiet roads.” 

Cllrs Vishal Gupta and Mike White, Ward Members for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: "We were really pleased with the recent resurfacing work on Blandford Road and with the efforts made to minimise disruption to road users. We look forward to completion of the second phase. 

The council’s ongoing resurfacing programme is also see improvements to Queen Anne Drive, Magna Road followed by Alder Road, Wimborne Road and Ringwood Road between now and April 2018. 

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