BCP Council and Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals (RBCH) will work together to draw up future solutions to tackle congestion in and around the hospital site.
Following yesterday’s (30 September) decision by BCP Council’s Cabinet to build part of the road from the A338 up to the Wessex Fields development site boundary line, councillors have pledged to work with the local community on any future plans for the site, including working with representatives from the NHS to develop new infrastructure and policies that prioritise sustainable travel to and from the hospital.
Currently earmarked for employment use, Wessex Fields is located near the A338 and Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Funding via the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership will see part of a road built from the A338 up to the Wessex Fields boundary line which will enable future jobs to be created in this area.
A public engagement event on the future use of Wessex Fields is planned for November 2019.
A partnership between BCP Council and the NHS will see both parties work together to explore future funding options which could include a controlled access road built that connects the A338 to the hospital site, as well as better cycling and public transport access.
Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said; “We are clear that Wessex Fields represents a good opportunity to create some valuable, high-quality and skilled jobs, whilst also supporting our Partners in the NHS in addressing congestion in the area.
“We have made it clear that as a Cabinet we want to see any future development plans place more emphasis on sustainable transport options and not just focus on increasing road-space for cars. We are conscious of the impact of transportation on the environment, air quality and reducing our carbon footprint wherever possible.
“It is vital that travel, transport and infrastructure developments support clean economic growth, help to improve health and wellbeing and make the area a better place to live, work and visit.
“We recognise the steps already taken by RBCH to encourage and enable sustainable travel to, from and between its various locations, and we are pleased it has plans to develop this even further.
“We are committed to working with the local NHS in delivering a high quality, integrated and low carbon transport system not just for the immediate future, but for generations to come.”
Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals, said “We recognise patients, visitors and staff are keen for improved access to the hospital, and we believe that working with our Council partners we can reduce congestion in the area, in a way that supports health and the environment. There’s lots of work to do and we’re committed to doing this as a partnership with BCP Council.”
As part of the final phase of the A338 / Blackwater Junction Improvements scheme, a series of overnight lane closures will be in place until the end of May 2019. The closures will run between Ashley Heath roundabout to the Cooper Dean roundabout from 8pm to 6am.
To ensure that residents and visitors can get the most out of the long weekends, there will be no overnight closures over the Bank Holiday weekends in May. By carrying out the closures at night, people will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a wide range of local tourism and retail attractions. Other scheduled works will however continue during the day.
The overnight closures will enable a new road surface to be laid across the entire works area. It will also allow the protection barriers to be safely taken off, moved and reinstalled in different sections of the works area. This will require the northbound carriageway to be closed overnight from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May, from Monday 13 to Friday 17 May and again on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May 2019.
In addition, the southbound carriageway will be closed overnight on Wednesday 8 and Saturday 11 May. The southbound carriageway will also be closed at night from Monday 13 to Saturday 17 May and from Monday 20 to Friday 24 May.
There will be further night closures at the end of the month. The current schedule is also subject to change and road users and encouraged to check for updates, use alternative routes and allow extra time for their journeys.
Gary Powell, the senior responsible officer for the A338 improvements, said:
“We are pleased to see the works progressing on time and on schedule. Throughout May we will be working at night and at weekends to complete the surfacing works as we approach the end of the scheme. We advise you to be mindful of the closures before you travel. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’’
These improvements form part of the £45.2 million investment in Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme, aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport, unlocking employment land and stimulating economic growth.
For regular updates, please visit: https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/big-road-schemes/
Applications are now open for the Bournemouth Bay Run, which takes place Sunday 7 April.
Supported by the British Heart Foundation, the Health-on-Line Bournemouth Bay Run is set to welcome more than 4500 runners to the resort to participate in the popular half marathon, 10k, 5k or 1k family fun run. Closing date for entries is Friday 29 March. Sign up now.
Plans for a new link road and junction directly connecting the A338 with the Wessex Fields Business Park and Royal Bournemouth Hospital can now go ahead after the Secretary of State refused the request to call in the decision.
The new link road and junction connecting the A338 with the Wessex Fields Business Park and the Hospital will provide a second access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, unlock a major economic development site, and ease congestion.
Read more at bournemouth.gov.uk
Residents, locals and visitors who use Bournemouth car parks can now take advantage of new annual Evening and Weekend Permits. The new permits are completely virtual and make the process of regular parking even simpler.
Using a new online system, you can set up an account, apply and pay for a permit or change your registered vehicle number via your computer or mobile device.
Run in partnership with Sustrans,The Dorset Commuter Challenge is a fun and sociable way to increase walking,
cycling and public transport journeys and cut car use. The challenge is open to Dorset residents and businesses so you can take part as an individual or with colleagues as part of your workplace.
Sign-up now and then compete against others throughout March by logging your sustainable journeys online. All modes from electric cars, bus travel, train travel, car sharing and active travel count..and there will be lots of prizes to be won!
Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole Council have partnered with preferred operator Beryl to deliver an innovative Bike Share scheme across the conurbation.
The scheme will be launched in spring 2019 and see the gradual roll out of an initial 1,000 bikes through the summer months, available for instant hire.
Please plan ahead as work will resume on the A338 from 7 January 2019.
Overnight road closures will be in place southbound for two nights on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 January 2019 from 8 pm to 6 am as barriers are moved back onto the southbound carriageway.
From 6 am on Monday 7 January there will be one lane southbound, enabling work to continue on the slip road extension Blackwater Bridge and third lane towards Cooper Dean.
According to the national THINK! road safety campaign, approximately 5,500 people fail a breath test in the morning each year.
As we approach the festive period and the Christmas party season, we advise you to tell your family, friends and co-workers to remain extra vigilant the morning after.