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.
Motorists using Blackwater Junction are being advised to plan ahead as of next week (4 September) when works to reduce traffic congestion in the area get underway.
Works to improve the footpath and cycleway facilities, as well as the drainage system have already started on the Christchurch side of the junction.
Backed by the Bournemouth International Growth Programme, and funded through Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s growth deal funding*, the works are part of a package of schemes to improve connectivity and enable better journey times within the town at key locations.
With significant queuing at the existing Blackwater Junction, during peak times motorists often experience delays extending on to the A338. The improvement works seek to alleviate the traffic congestion, improve journey times and ease traffic flow in and around Blackwater Junction.
Co-ordinated by Bournemouth Council working in partnership with Dorset County Council, the improvements at the east junction are expected to take around nine months to complete. The works will include re-configuring the east junction on the B3073 along with the construction of additional lanes.
As of next week, (4 September) motorists using Blackwater Junction are being advised to plan ahead, and sign up to the A338 travel blog at A338.info.
Here is a roundup of how the works at Blackwater Junction will be carried out over the coming months:
From 4 September there will be night works taking place with the closures of the slip roads for A338 southbound and near side lane on the A338 from 20:00hrs till 06:00hrs. Diversion signs will be in place.
From 11 September, there will be a lane closure in place on B3073 Westbound during off-peak hours from 9:30 til15:30 to enable the construction of the road widening on the north side. This will continue until the end of September.
From the end of September
Works will take place on the west side of the junction and will involve the construction of a retaining wall to allow the widening of the road. This is due to complete in November. There will be lane closure during off-peak hours from 9:30 til15:30 during this time.
From November onwards
These works will take place on the B3073 westbound, river side of the junction, and are planned to start in November. This will involve the construction of a sheet pile retaining wall and will require 3-way temporary traffic signals to be used off-peak from 9:30 til15:30.
Later phases of the works to improve Blackwater Junction involve reconfiguration of the west junction, and the slip roads off and on to the A338 will also be improved.
Ian Kalra, Head of Transportation Services, said; “We know Blackwater Junction is a part of an important commuter route and there is never going to be an ideal time to carry out works on such a heavily used road. During the works, we would encourage all motorists who use Blackwater Junction to plan their journeys by allowing extra time to travel, or take an alternative route.
“We would like to assure the travelling public we have developed the construction programme carefully to ensure that the works that have the most impact on traffic will be undertaken outside of peak travel times.”
Bournemouth Council’s plans to build a new link road and junction directly from the A338 to connect with the Wessex Fields business park and improve access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital have been well received by business leaders and the Trust.
Delivered as part of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) programme the proposed scheme will enable people to access employment opportunities at Wessex Fields, and provide a second route into the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Wessex Fields is one of two major economic employment sites in Bournemouth. The proposed link road and junction will unlock this area of land for development and create over 2,000 new jobs.
Councillor Mike Greene, Bournemouth’s Cabinet Member responsible for Transport, said; “Wessex Fields is a significant asset in Bournemouth and the area is already earmarked for economic development. However, the existing road networks are congested, inadequate and are acting as a barrier to growth.
“Through this additional government funding we have an opportunity to transform the transport infrastructure in this part of the town and enable Wessex Fields to reach its full economic potential, creating more jobs for the future.
“As part of the public exhibitions held earlier this year we received positive feedback from residents and businesses on the draft designs for the new link road and junction.
“We will continue to engage with key stakeholders as we progress the plans ahead of submitting the planning application later this year. As part of the planning process all residents will have the opportunity to have their say.”
In addition to creating new jobs and providing a second access to the hospital, the new link road and junction will also retain existing jobs, reduce congestion on Castle Lane East, improve sustainable travel options and reduce road casualties in the area.
RBCH Estates Manager, Edwin Davies, said; “The Trust fully supports the Council in this project and welcomes the benefits a new junction on the A338 would bring. It would significantly improve vehicle access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH), ensuring our patients, visitors and hardworking staff would not have to endure delays accessing or leaving the site, particularly during peak periods in the afternoon. The junction would also help to alleviate congestion that occurs on the RBH site sporadically as a result of road works and traffic incidents on the main roads around the hospital.”
Earlier this year residents and businesses attended a series of roadshows where draft plans for the link road and junction were on display. Feedback was well received with many businesses showing support for the scheme.
Gordon Page, Chairman of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, said; “The Wessex Fields business park, along with the adjacent Chaseside business area, is a vital employment site in Dorset, home to 10,000 jobs. However, poor access from Castle Lane East and traffic congestion are impacting upon businesses and currently hindering development and growth.
“Building a new link road from the A338 to Wessex Fields will provide a significant economic boost to the area, by unlocking new employment land with the potential to create over 2,000 new jobs. In addition, the road will safeguard existing jobs, address congestion, improve connectivity, encourage sustainable travel, reduce road casualties and provide a second access route into the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.”
A planning application for the new link road and junction is expected to be submitted in August 2017. If approved, construction will begin in Spring 2019.
Meeting minutes from 28th June 2017
Bill Riddle Chairman of Bournemouth Chamber attended the A338 Meeting and raised 2 questions:
The Agenda for the meeting and the minutes from the previous meeting can be found below.
If you have any questions, queries or feedback or wish to raise any questions for the next meeting, please email Sam Everard, Executive Officer or email@example.com
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.