29 September 2016: Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership has announced plans for the next tranche of major transport schemes that will form part of the Bournemouth International Growth Programme. Over £20 million of investment will help fund a series of highway improvements along the A338 and B3073 corridors aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport as well as unlocking employment land at Aviation Business Park and at Wessex Fields.
The above schemes form part of the £45.2 million secured by Dorset LEP through the Dorset Growth Deal* for the BIG Programme, an ambitious major economic growth plan focused on boosting employment and development around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields. The BIG Programme’s first major transport scheme – the £22 million major renewal of the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road between Ashley Heath and Blackwater – was successfully completed under budget in May 2016.
Gordon Page, chairman of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said:
“The BIG Programme’s latest infrastructure investments tackle key pinch points on the A338 and B3073 which will improve journeys to Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields and help create up to 10,000 jobs over the next ten years. Alongside the major works around the Port of Poole, these infrastructure investments are essential and long overdue – existing key link roads and transport networks are congested, inadequate and suppressing growth.
Dorset LEP has a window of opportunity to access central Government funds to address infrastructure problems, in partnership with our local authorities, to not only fix near-term issues but also to secure reasonable connectivity to cater for planned future economic growth in the area.
It is reassuring to see that plans for the BIG Programme’s next phase of transport improvement projects are well under way. Our priority is to deliver schemes which offer best value and keep driver disruption and impact on business to a minimum. Collectively they will alleviate traffic congestion, transform accessibility and drive economic growth in Dorset.”
Bournemouth Borough Council is leading on the delivery of the A338 schemes working jointly with Dorset County Council on the infrastructure improvements at Blackwater Junction and Wessex Fields.
Dorset County Council is delivering the improvements at Hurn Roundabout, Chapel Gate and Parley Cross.
For further information visit: http://dorsetlep.co.uk/local-delivery/local-delivery-the-growth-deal/bournemouth-international-growth-programme/