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Poole’s roads to benefit from a £3 million funding boost

Borough of Poole has successfully bid for Government funding to further invest in its road network. 

The £2.937 million award is from the Department for Transport’s Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund - a national programme to help keep Britain moving and the economy growing. Poole was one of only nineteen authorities nationwide to receive additional funds.

As part of the deal the council will invest a further £535,000 from the Local Transport Plan. This will support the work and includes repair to over 7.5 miles of highway, the creation of more than 1.5 miles of cycleway and upgrade to drainage. 

The roads that will benefit from the investment are: 

•   Wimborne Road (from George Roundabout to Fleetsbridge)
•   Ringwood Road (Sea View Road to Old Wareham Road) 
•   Alder Road (full length excluding sections recently renewed)
•   Blandford Road (from the Port to the borough boundary) 
•   Magna Road/Queen Anne Drive (from Queen Anne Drive to the borough boundary)
•   Cycle lanes and improved drainage on Magna Road to reduce future risk of flooding

All works will need to be completed by the end of March 2018. 

•   Read more information about the Challenge Fund bid 

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “It is important that we keep our roads fit for purpose. This much needed investment will help further improve the condition of some key roads in Poole while adding to our current walking and cycling network. 

“Looking ahead, it will also help to reduce the amount of patching and pothole repairs that we have to carry out.” 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “This investment will benefit key strategic transport routes that connect residential areas, commercial centres and regeneration sites as well as connecting Poole to the A31. 

“This added investment in Poole has been requested to complement existing maintenance and Local Transport Plan initiatives as well as the investment in Poole’s infrastructure through partnership with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. We will now see a major improvement in access between the A31 and the Port of Poole in the next few years. This travel improvement helps support our regeneration and economic growth in Poole.” 

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