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Overnight closures on A338 to run throughout May

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/

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Bay Run applications open

Bay Run

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.

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New link road plan approved

New link road plan approved

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

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New evening & weekend virtual parking permits available

New virtual parking permits

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. 

Find out more.

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Dorset Commuter Challenge registration opens

Dorset Commuter Challenge

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!

Sign up today.

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Beryl Bikes for Bournemouth & Poole

Beryl Bikes for Bournemouth & Poole

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.

Find out more.

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Plan ahead for the next stage of A338 improvement works

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.

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THINK! before you drive

THINK! before you drive

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.

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A338 FAQs

Background

The current roadworks are part of the £20 million Bournemouth International Growth Programme to improve the A338 and B3073 corridors – aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport as well as improving journey times and unlocking employment land at Aviation Business Park and at Wessex Fields.

We are aware these works will cause some delays and as a result have been advertising the roadworks on all channels for a number of weeks, advising motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or find an alternative route.

Motorists may wish to use alternative routes that best fit their needs or avoid the peak times of the day. The works have been programmed to avoid the busy summer period, and started once the schools have gone back and the Bournemouth Air Festival was complete. We are in contact with businesses, and directly with the Chamber of Trade and Commerce about working times and they have requested a break before and over Christmas which we are trying to build into the programme.

We are continuing to review all options to minimise the impact of the works on motorists. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time and thank motorists for their patience.

What is the Bournemouth International Growth Programme?

Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme is a major economic growth plan focused on employment and development around Bournemouth Airport.

Preparation is underway for schemes set to open up opportunities around the A338.

What BIG Programme schemes can we expect on the A338?

The A338 improvements consist of two elements:

  • improvements to the Blackwater Junction
  • widening to the A338 Wessex Way from Blackwater towards Cooper Dean

Why wasn’t this done at the same time as work carried out on the Spur Road in 2015?

This is a very different scheme involving adding a third southbound lane towards Cooper Dean. This lane will allow extra time for traffic merging onto the A338 at Blackwater Junction. The previous scheme was a maintenance scheme and was north of Blackwater, whilst these works are south of Blackwater. If we had undertaken the works at the same time, it would have significantly increased the time taken, added to disruption and works would not have completed by the summer.

During these nine months, why can’t some of these works be carried out at night leaving the carriageway open during the day?

From 5 September 2018 for the next three weeks, we will be carrying out site investigation and survey work together with further vegetation clearance adjacent to the carriageway, which can only be undertaken with a lane closure. These are required to be undertaken during daylight hours for safety reasons. During this time, due to the nature of the works, it may appear that there are less operatives on site. However, we can assure the public that these required works are being carried out as quickly as possible and there are between 16 and 20 operatives on site at any one time.

As the works programme progresses, there will be the opportunity to implement longer working days over two shifts. However, due to safety requirements and proximity to neighbors, there will not be the opportunity for 24/7 working. At the current time, temporary traffic management measures are on the carriageway, but these will be replaced over the coming weeks with permanent measures that cannot be removed.

Once the main works start, excavations will be immediately adjacent and in the existing carriageway, and it will not be safe for road users, or the workforce, to open both lanes until works are completed. For the main works, a steel barrier will be installed to protect both the workforce and road users – this takes a long time to install and cannot be removed on a daily basis. At the current time, we are removing closures at weekends. When the barrier is in place this will not be possible.

Are we planning to amend how the work is carried out following the congestion caused at the start of the works?

This week we are completing works adjacent to the River Stour Bridge, which means we will be able to shorten the closures next week and start them after Blackwater Junction in the southbound direction. The proximity of Blackwater to these works prohibited us from doing this straight away – once the widening works start we will, however, have to take the closure back to its current position. During this time, the 40mph temporary speed limit will remain in place.

A lane closure will be in place until approximately June 2019. A contraflow is not planned until early Spring 2019.
We are continuing to review all options to minimise the impact of the works on motorists. The works are continually monitored on site by a traffic management contractor.

Why do we need to close such a large section of the lane, when the work isn’t being undertaken in the carriageway?

Activities are currently taking place in the verge immediately adjacent to the carriageway edge, which will extend into the carriageway once work starts on the bridge. Works are too close to the road to maintain two lanes and we will not compromise the safety of our workers. Detailed and careful consideration has been given to the traffic management, but unfortunately it is not possible to keep two lanes open.

Unfortunately, the closure has to start north of Blackwater, even though there are no works currently there. The slip road is too close to our works area to have lane closures start south of the slip and be in place before our works area.

Will this work have a major impact on the business economy of the town?

We are in contact with and listening to businesses.

We are also directly in contact with Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry about working times and they have requested a break before and over Christmas which we are building into the programme.

Given the conurbation had existing traffic problems, where do the council suggest drivers go to avoid these issues?

We are aware these works will cause some delays and would advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys or find an alternative route. Motorists can sign up to receive regular updates via the A338 travel blog.

Motorists may wish to use alternative routes that best fit their needs or avoid the peak times of the day. The works have been programmed to avoid the busy summer period, and started once the schools have gone back and the Bournemouth Air Festival was complete.

Detailed and careful consideration has been given to the traffic management, but unfortunately it is not possible to keep two lanes open. It is appreciated that the delays do have an adverse impact on the journey times.

Why can’t we open the lane at peak times and close it again for work?

Lane closures are currently in place 24 hours per day Monday to Friday. It is not possible to remove the traffic management measures on a daily basis as the traffic flows have to be reduced to a safe level before they can be taken in and put back out again, which takes 90 minutes. This would likely lead to a four hour window each day during which the required works could then take place. This would result in a much longer period for the traffic management measures to be out on the A338 overall.

We will be removing the temporary traffic management from 6am on Saturday 8 September through to 8pm on Sunday 9 September, as no work will be carried out on site. We are also aiming to remove these between Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September and between Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September too.

Currently, the lane closures are programmed to be removed between 10th December 2018 and 7th January 2019, although works may still be taking place on site.

Why are the works taking nine months when the entire Spur Road rebuild took a similar length of time?

The two schemes are very different. The A338 Major Maintenance scheme consisted predominantly of rebuilding the existing carriageway. These current works are related to the A338 Blackwater Junction improvement scheme and A338 widening scheme which involve the construction of a new additional lane requiring widening into the central reservation and verge; (this will also entail the construction of retaining structures and pier protection works to both the River Stour bridge and B3073 overbridge.

Who is carrying out the work?

Dorset County Council are carrying out the works with their appointed contractor, supported by Bournemouth Borough Council.

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