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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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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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Improvement works around Blackwater West Junction to begin next week

A338 improvements

As part of the continuing A338 and Blackwater improvement scheme works, advanced vegetation and tree clearance will be taking place next week around the west side of the Blackwater Junction.

From the week commencing Monday 4 February 2019, the vegetation clearance will take around six weeks to complete. It will enable the widening of the cycleway from the Blackwater East Junction along Christchurch Road to Hurn Court Lane, creating a safer space for cyclists. The clearances will also make way for the construction of a new and more efficient Blackwater West Junction due to start in Spring 2019.

The vegetation and tree clearance will take place in the area of the Blackwater West on-slip road, road widening and where the cycleway will be widened into the verge along Christchurch Road. Road users are advised that traffic management will be minimal. When traffic control is required Stop and Go Boards will be used outside of peak travel times. As part of the main scheme screening from the B3073 will also be put in place for local residents.

Gary Powell, Head of Highways and Transportation and the senior responsible officer for the A338 improvements, said:

“These works are being undertaken to improve cycle links in the area and to prepare the way for a new and improved on-slip at Blackwater West Junction. Unfortunately, with this sort of work, some inconvenience may be caused. We will remain in close contact with residents and will ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.’’

These works form part of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) Programme. To find out more, please visit www.a338.info

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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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A338 reopens on Saturday

A338 reopens

All four lanes on the A338/Blackwater Junction will be reopened on Saturday 8 December, in time for the Christmas period. The road will be closed southbound Thursday and Friday night between 8pm and 6am, to remove the lane closure. All lanes will then be open from 6am on Saturday 8 December.

Work will still continue on the drainage and widening the embankment southbound up until Friday 21 December, without impacting on traffic.

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Phase Two A338 works

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The second phase of the A338 improvement works has begun. Over the next couple of month and at any one time there are six groups of workers on site.

This week lane two southbound and lane two northbound will be closed from 8pm to 6am on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November.

For the latest A338 travel updates, please visit the Bournemouth BIG Scheme blog.

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Check before you travel

Works start again in earnest from Monday.

Ensure you look at A338.com for all the latest info and updates.

Encourage staff to (where possible!)…

  • Car share
  • Cycle in
  • Work from home
  • Review shift patterns
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New link road and junction from A338 to Wessex Fields will unlock major employment site and improve access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

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:

  • the potential to create around 2,000 new jobs at Wessex Fields business park
  • safeguarding the existing 10,000 jobs, including 4,000 at Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • a second access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site
  • improved traffic flows at Cooper Dean Roundabout, the Chaseside Junction and parts of Castle Lane East, and
  • enhanced facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users leading to more sustainable journeys in the area.

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.

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A338 improvement works at Blackwater Junction East: Here’s what you need to know

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:

 4 September

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.”

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