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. This phase will see 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 is currently underway at Hunger Hill and will include the addition of over thirty new trees.

Currently an underused greenspace, Barbers Pile at the southern tip of the improvement works area is being redeveloped as a ‘Maritime Garden’ to form a quiet space where residents and visitors alike can gather and relax, as well as providing an opportunity for door-step play.

Plans for two new sculptures celebrating the town’s heritage at Barbers Piles and Hunger Hill have now also been approved and work will commence on these structures in 2020. You can find out more here.

Current works and information for road users 

Repair works to the Twin Sails Bridge have been completed and the bridge is now back in operation. You can find out more about these works here:

From Monday (6 January 2020), the final phase of works to improve access to the town and enhance nearby public spaces will resume.

We will endeavour to keep this to a minimum, and complete these works as quickly as possible, but to maintain the safety of both the public and our workforce, various traffic management arrangements will be required. We therefore encourage you to plan ahead, cycle, walk, utilise public transport or share your journeys to avoid any disruption.

Contact us

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