Poole Road to be focus of accelerated resurfacing works this month

People regularly travelling via Poole Road in Branksome are set to benefit from a comprehensive resurfacing of this busy road with an accelerated works programme taking place from Tuesday 24 November to Friday 27 November 2020. These infrastructure improvements will result in significant advantages to road users and local residents in terms of safety, noise reduction and a higher level of protection against the emergence of potholes.

On 24 November, BCP Council operatives will commence up to four days of resurfacing operations in Poole Road from the junction of Bourne Valley Road to Pottery Junction. The work will be carried out in a series of phased road closures with no access for through traffic between Liverpool Victoria/County Gates Gyratory and Pottery Junction for the duration of the scheme. Different diversions will be in place for each phase of the works.

In line with the council’s strategy of creating dynamic places - supporting an innovative, successful economy in a great place to live, learn, work and visit - the works are being undertaken in an accelerated manner, with two surfacing teams working double shifts and throughout the night with the aim of completing the work in just three to four days.

Poole Road will be closed to through traffic throughout the scheme. In addition, different parts of the road will be inaccessible to traffic during different phases. Refuse collections will not be affected.

Phase 1: Bourne Valley Road to St Aldhelm’s Road
7am, Tuesday 24 November to 6am, Wednesday 25 November
Diversion: County Gates Gyratory, Lindsay Road, St Aldhelm’s Road, Poole Road.
Local diversions will be available for residents via Eagle Road and Princess Road.

Phase 2: St Aldhelm’s Road to Cromer Road
7am, Wednesday 25 November to 6am, Thursday 26 November

Diversion: County Gates Gyratory, Lindsay Road, Leicester Road, Penn Hill Avenue, St Osmunds Road, Bournemouth Road.

Phase 3: Cromer Road to Branksome Parade
7am, Thursday 26 November to 6am, Friday 27 November
Diversion: Bournemouth Road, St Osmunds Road, Penn Hill Avenue, Leicester Road, Lindsay Road, County Gates Gyratory.

Additional temporary diversions may be required during the same works period to adjust traffic signals at Bourne Valley Road (off-peak hours). Please note that works can be interrupted by wet weather or other unforeseen circumstances. The alternative works period would be Tuesday 1 December to Friday 4 December.

These works have been made possible by funding from the Department for Transport after BCP Council’s successful Challenge Fund Bid (submitted in 2019 but only confirmed in July 2020). The resurfacing of Poole Road was specifically identified within that bid.

Councillor Mike Greene, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability at BCP Council, said:

“We know that local people care deeply about the state of our roads, as do we, and our successful Challenge Fund bid has allowed us to address key areas of concern across the conurbation. We understand the frustrations that such works can cause and for this reason we have put in place an accelerated programme that minimises disruption, working through the night (with noisier work undertaken during daylight hours) and aiming to complete a works programme that would normally take a week in just three or four days.

“We apologise for the inconvenience but we are excited to continue to invest in infrastructure that will benefit local residents, commuters and visitors for many years to come; creating a safer, quieter and more efficient road network to complement our continuing efforts to encourage sustainable travel through our ongoing Transforming Travel initiative.”

For further details of this scheme, including maps and diversions, please see www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/highwaymaintenance

Posted on Monday 9 November 2020