The works at Cooper Dean traffic lights were ok last week but there were some delays this week with the schools back. This was particularly Castle Lane West to Cooper Dean. Other reports are of delays from the hospital side around 4.30/5.00pm . If you have any feedback re the Cooper Dean works please let me know as I regularly speak to their Traffic Manager.
If you have any questions regarding the agenda for 26th March, please let us know and Bill Riddle, Chairman of BCTC and Operations Director of Castlepoint will be able to ask on your behalf.
Plans to build a new link road and junction directly from the A338 to connect with the Wessex Fields business park will unlock a major employment site, and provide a second access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Delivered as part of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme the proposed scheme will improve the transport infrastructure in this part of the town by creating a new access from the A338.
Specific benefits of the proposed new link road and junction include:
Councillor Mike Greene, Bournemouth’s Cabinet Member responsible for Transport, said; “Wessex Fields is a major asset in Bournemouth already earmarked for employment. However, the existing road networks are congested, inadequate and are acting as a barrier to growth. Through additional government funding we have an opportunity to transform the transport infrastructure, by connecting the Wessex Fields business park and surrounding area to the A338.”
Councillor Philip Broadhead, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Growth, said “There is strong demand for flexible business space in and around Bournemouth. Creating a modern business destination at Wessex Fields means we can make the most of the opportunities that this natural environment offers, and attract new businesses to Bournemouth which will lead to significant job opportunities for local people.”
Earlier this year residents and businesses attended a series of public roadshows where draft plans for the link road and junction were on display. The feedback received was generally positive with many businesses and the Royal Bournemouth Hospital showing support for the scheme.
Lorna Carver, director, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said; “We are looking forward to the submission of plans for the development of Wessex Fields business park. This vital employment site will open up major economic opportunities for Dorset, boosting our economy and potentially creating over 2,000 jobs. In addition, the proposed development will safeguard existing jobs, improve connectivity, encourage sustainable travel and provide a second access route into the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.”
Funding has been secured via Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership for phase 1 of the proposed scheme which includes a new link directly to and from the southbound A338 Wessex Way linking to Wessex Fields business park, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and existing businesses on Deansleigh Road and the surrounding area.
Edwin Davies, Associate Director of Estates, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said; “The Trust fully supports the creation of the new junction from the A338. It will significantly improve entrance and exit from the site, which will be increasingly important as the Trust develops its services in line with the recent Clinical Services Review. The sporadic delays for our patients, visitors and staff to entering and leaving our site, particularly at peak times in the afternoon, will be reduced. It is also essential that with new employment opportunities being developed on Wessex Fields that the highway network can cope and is resilient. The new junction will go a long to providing this resilience.”
A planning application for the new link road and junction is due to be submitted in December 2017. If approved construction of phase 1 is expected to start in Spring 2019, and be completed by Spring 2021.
Please find below the minutes from September 2017.
We invite members to read these minutes and if you have any questions on the matter, please send them to our Executive Officer Sam Everard: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then take your questions to the next meeting.
During March we have been holding a series of public exhibitions regarding works on the A338.
With just 2 events remaining, this is an invite to pop along if you haven’t already.
Exhibitions will be open for viewing between 2-8pm with Council Officers available between 4-7pm.
Wednesday 15th March
Hurn Sports Club, Avon Causeway, Hurn BH23 6DY
Wednesday 22nd March
Holdenhurst Village Hall, Holdenhurst Village Road, Bournemouth BH8 0EF
Information on show at the exhibitions is also available online at www.A338.info – in the right menu there is a link ‘A338 public exhibitions’ where you will find the plans.
We encourage you again to cascade this information to your colleagues, employees and networks.
If you have attended an event, and would like to make any comments, ask a question or provide feedback, we have a dedicated email to the project team which is A338Info@bournemouth.gov.uk
Site investigation works, including boreholes, will be carried out from 16th January to 17 February. A majority of these works are off of the A338 in the neighbouring verges and fields.
Some sites can only be done safely by reducing the speed limit to 40mph and closing a lane. To minimise disruption the lane closures will only in place between peak periods, from 9:30 to 15:30 from the week commencing 23 January to 17 February.
These investigation works will provide information to support the development of design for the BIG Programme of schemes.
Night works to undertake grass cutting between Cooper Dean and Blackwater will be carried out on the 23 January and 24 January. These works will be carried out under a lane closure.
Work will return to the A338 between Ashley Heath Roundabout and Blackwater Junction following the final assessment of the reconstruction scheme.
Five days of work are planned for the southbound carriageway – with one lane closed – while a section of barrier between Hurn Road bridge and the pumping station is extended and part of the verge is landscaped to reduce the gradient.
Starting after the morning rush hour on Monday 16 January the southbound nearside lane will be closed until the evening of Friday 20 January to ensure the work can be carried out safely.
One day of work, off-peak from 9.30am to 4pm, during this week will also take place on the northbound carriageway – with a rolling works crew – so that three sites in the verge at the northern end of the road can be landscaped to improve their gradients.
These areas of barrier and verge works were identified in the end of scheme assessment and the work will reduce the risk of injury should a vehicle leave the road.
Ahead of Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme’s plans, funded by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership*, to carry out improvements on the A338 and Blackwater Junction, various preliminary works will be undertaken in the area in January.
Site clearance of vegetation will take place at Blackwater West junction starting on January 9 for two weeks ahead of bird nesting season in the spring. Single lane traffic management may be needed in the first week to ensure the safety of those working on the verge.
The second phase of works will begin on Monday 23 January for six weeks on the A338 between Blackwater and Cooper Dean. The first three weeks will result in a lane closure and a 40 mph speed restriction. The second three weeks will involve work away from the highway to carry out exploratory works for the Wessex Fields scheme and is not expected to impact on road users.
The A338 improvements form part of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s BIG Programme, an ambitious economic growth plan aimed at improving connectivity, easing congestion and opening up employment opportunity sites in and around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields, behind the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Ian Kalra, Head of Transportation Services, said:
“Ahead of making improvements to the road layout in the area, it is necessary for us to carry out some preliminary works including site clearance and surveying. In some cases, this may mean traffic management being used, to ensure the safety of the workforce, but this will be kept to a minimum wherever possible.”
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 on time and under budget in May 2016.
The next phase of works schemes, being delivered by Bournemouth Council in partnership with Dorset County Council, consist of three elements including:
Construction is set to start on the Blackwater Junction in autumn 2017.