Townside and Hunger Hill Improvements Scheme

About the scheme

The multi million pound Townside and Hunger Hill improvement scheme is transforming the town centre side of the Backwater Channel. It covers the area between Hunger Hill and Poole Bridge, including West Street and West Quay Road. 

A major infrastructure investment project, it is part of an ambitious plan to revitalise the area and enhance connectivity to the town centre. The scheme will deliver an improved cycling and pedestrian network, encourage more reliable journey times and safeguard local air quality. It will also provide attractive public spaces which enhance the quality of life for local people.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership secured £21.8m through the government’s Local Growth Fund to invest into four major transport schemes to improve access into and around the Port of Poole. From this, £9.6m has been allocated to the Townside and Hunger Hill improvement scheme.

Phase 1: 2018

This phase delivered a new signalised junction at Sterte Avenue West and provided a new pedestrian crossing on Holes Bay Road. To allow effective circulation of traffic between West Street and West Quay Road, Marston Road was reconfigured to permit two-way traffic.

Phase 2: 2018-2019

Improving efficiency and creating safer crossings points for pedestrians and cyclists, Hunger Hill roundabout has been reconfigured into a new signalised junction. Changes to the direction of traffic on West Street (towards the bridges only) and West Quay Road (towards Hunger Hill only) were also made. The changes can be viewed in a simplified map.

These works were completed on time in July 2019.

Phase 3: 2018-2020

This final phase of works is focused on improving links for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users from Hunger Hill to Poole Bridge. Despite some disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this phase has now resumed It is seeing works carried out on West Street between Bay Hog Lane and Poole Lifting Bridge in addition to a new pedestrian crossing at Lifeboat Quay.

To create a new local identity, the final phase will include landscaping and public realm improvements at Hunger Hill and on West Quay Road. These aim to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Planting has already taken place at Hunger Hill, including the addition of over thirty new trees.

Plans for two new sculptures celebrating the town’s heritage at Barbers Piles and Hunger Hill have now also been approved and work are expected to commence on these structures in 2020.

Current works and information for road users 

Following the completion of works at Twin Sails Junction and on West Quay Road, a series of overnight surfacing works are now required. 

To minimise disruption, this next stage will take place over three nights, from Monday 24 August to Wednesday 26 August.

During this time there will be a complete road closure of Bay Hog Lane, Twin Sail Bridge and West Quay Road between its junctions with the Quay and with Marston Road, from 7pm to 6am daily. A route for people walking or cycling will be maintained at all times. 

The main diversion for the duration of the closure will be via Blandford Road, A350 and Holes Bay Road.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the scheme, you can call us on 01202 262000 or email