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Travel and roads 2015

Happy New Year!

Hamworthy rail crossing

I’d like to start off the new year with a big thanks to you, our subscribers, for signing up to receive our e-newsletters. We were very pleased with the results of the recent on-line survey where 80% of you feel more informed about Transport and Roads and 90% are happy with the topics we cover.

We had a busy 2015 with improvements to one of our shopping centre car parks, the delivery of Hamworthy rail crossing and getting our £9 million street lighting project underway. As we move into 2016 we will keep you up to date on what promises to be another full year of improvement projects across Poole.


Julian McLaughlin

Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole 

Coming to a road near you… new street lights

Street light

Since December, over 1,000 street lights around Branksome and Parkstone have been replaced with energy efficient LED lighting. From this month we are increasing the number of people working on the project and aim to replace up to 100 a day.

The majority of lights are over 25 years old and some of the 9,000 lamp columns which will be replaced are more than 40 years old! Keep your eye on our rolling-programme which shows which roads will be having their street lights replaced over the coming months. The new lights will stay switched on throughout the night but will be dimmed, where appropriate, during hours when use of the highway is reduced.

Once the 17,500 street lamps have been replaced, by Spring 2018, the new energy efficient lighting will save up to 70% on street lighting energy costs each year.

Poole Bridge Approach Spans and Gravel Hill Improvements

Due for delivery from summer this year, the Poole Bridge Approach Spans and Gravel Hill improvement projects have now both been approved by Council. Following the public engagement, the finer details will be considered by Transportation Advisory Group today. 

The Town Centre Access and Movement project has also been approved by Council and is included in the Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document, adopted in December 2015. The highway principles for West Street, West Quay Road and Hunger Hill are embedded in this document and we will start to look at the design in more detail in the Spring.

Cyclists on Gravel Hill

Car park concessions for Disability Tax Exempt Holders

car parking

Changes are being proposed to the current free parking concession for Disabled Tax Exempt Vehicles from May 2016.

The Council is now consulting on three proposed options to replace this free parking concession. People who have registered their vehicle with Borough of Poole will have received a consultation form through the post or you can find more information on our web pages

The consultation closes on Friday 29 January 2016, with the results being presented to Transportation Advisory Group on 10 March 2016. Changes will be introduced from 2 May 2016.

New facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

Gravel track by Hamworthy rail crossing

Yarrow Road: Cycle routes have recently been created from Old Wareham Road to Mannings Heath Road. These consist of a combination of on-road cycle lanes and shared footways for pedestrians and cyclists.

Hatch Pond signals: Starting in early February, the Hatch Pond signals at Waterloo Road / Cabot Lane will be upgraded as they are outdated and have physically deteriorated. The junction has the largest number of signals of any in the borough and is on a key strategic route to the Port of Poole.

Improvements include ultra low voltage LED lights, upgrading all crossings to Toucan crossings for pedestrians and cyclists, new tactile paving and additional new crossings on the northern side of the junction, near to Parkstone Grammar. The Toucan crossing facilities will link existing cycle lanes on Cabot Lane and Waterloo Road. To complete these works in around 11 weeks, access and egress to and from Hatchpond Road and Cabot Lane will be limited to left turns only during the works. Diversions will be in place.

Newfoundland Drive: A new cycle path has been created alongside Baiter skate park to link Newfoundland Drive with the footpath and cycleway in Harbourside Park, linking to Cycle Route No 25.

Hamworthy Park: Following the completion of the Hamworthy rail crossing the existing gravel track approach, as shown in the image, is being widened and tarmacked to create a new shared foot/cycleway, connecting the park with providing a traffic-free link from Lulworth Avenue to Shapwick Road.

New rail crossing is open: Local residents in Hamworthy have welcomed the new cycle and pedestrian crossing which provides easy and safe access from the Harbour Reach development over the railway tracks to Hamworthy Park. The Mayor of Poole marked the official opening on 22 December 2015 by cutting a ribbon before leading local residents across the bridge.

See all the latest planned road works in Poole.