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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.

What’s happening?

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. A simple map of the new layout can be viewed here.

These works were completed on time in July 2019, find out more.

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. You can find out more here.

Current works and information for road users 

Resurfacing of the remaining West Quay Road section, that ceased when the national lockdown was announced, will now resume. To minimise traffic disruption, this work will be carried out on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May, prior to the anticipated increase in traffic when schools return from June 1.

There will be a road closure in place on West Quay Road from Poole Bridge to the Twin Sails Bridge Junction. Vehicles will be redirected via Twin Sails and access for for pedestrians and cyclists over Poole Bridge will be maintained at all times. Twin Sails Bridge reopened to all road users and pedestrians on 27 May 2020.

Following the completion of the resurfacing on West Quay Road, works to the Twin Sails Bridge Junction will start on the Monday 1 June. The work will include improvements to the existing signalised junction including pedestrian crossings and continuation of the new cycle facilities along West Quay Road. This will at times require lane closures and temporary traffic lights.

This work will link up to the work carried out last year past Marston Road and the RNLI, and is anticipated to be completed in late Summer. 

Contact us

If you have any questions about the scheme, you can call us on 01202 262000 or email transportation@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.