From Monday (6 January 2020), works to improve access to the town and enhance nearby public spaces will resume in the Townside and Hunger Hill area of Poole.
Forming part of the final phase of Townside and Hunger Hill improvement scheme, the upcoming works will focus on continuing to improve links for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users along several key routes, which was halted whilst the Twin Sails bridge was unavailable. Aiming to celebrate the historic local identity, this phase will also deliver landscaping and attractive public realm improvements that enhance the area for both residents and visitors.
Works will take place along West Street and West Quay Road, South of Bay Hog Lane for approximately 4 months. They will involve:
• Completing re-alignment of the carriageway to create wide footway and cycle ways.
• Installing new wayfinding signs.
• Replacing and improving street lighting.
• Installing new pedestrian and cycling crossing locations.
• Improving the Quay footway and junction.
• Resurfacing footways and carriageways.
• Highway treatments to encourage appropriate vehicle speeds.
• The installation of new planting, artworks and paths.
Currently an underused greenspace, Barbers Piles which is located at the southern tip of the improvement works area, is also being developed to create a ‘Maritime Garden’. This will form a quiet space where residents and visitors alike can gather and relax, as well as providing an opportunity for door-step play. Over thirty new trees and thousands of spring bulbs have already been planted at Hunger Hill.
Councillor Andy Hadley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure, said:
“These works are part of our plans to revitalise the area, contributing greatly towards enhancing connectivity to the town centre, supporting sustainable travel and providing new green spaces for local people to enjoy.’’
“We recognise the disruption that has been experienced over the last year. 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.’’
This scheme is funded by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, who secured £9.6m to deliver the Townside and Hunger Hill improvements scheme through the government’s Local Growth Fund.