£7m improvement pot for Poole roads

Bournemouth Echo: Ashley Road in Parkstone is one of the areas to be improved using the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Ashley Road in Parkstone is one of the areas to be improved using the Local Sustainable Transport Fund

AFTER seeking residents’ views, Poole Council is starting a range of improvement works to roads, pavements and footpaths across the town.

Last summer Borough of Poole took part in the fifth annual National Highways and Transport public satisfaction survey, along with 74 other local authorities across the country.

The survey included two questions which asked residents to pick their three most important services and the three areas most in need of improvement.

Local residents felt that the condition of roads, pavements and footpaths; safety on roads and traffic and congestion levels mattered most.

Julian McLaughlin, head of transportation said: “A programme of transport improvement and maintenance schemes for Poole, totalling just under £7.4million for the period 2013 to 2015, has recently been approved by the portfolio holder which will help to address these important issues.

“Our initial focus will be on improvements along the Poole – Bournemouth – Christchurch corridor, using the recently awarded Local Sustainable Transport Fund. This includes the main roads of Ashley Road, Poole Road and the Civic Centre as well as some further investment planned in the town centre regeneration area. There will also be a range of other improvements right across the borough to support sustainable means of travel including walking, cycling and buses.”

A maintenance programme on roads and bridges is also to be undertaken, boosted by additional government funding recently announ-ced in the autumn statement specifically for highway maintenance.

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, said: “It is really important that we continue our investment in transport infrastructure if we are going to address both the increasing pressure on our network and what the people of Poole tell us is important to them.

“With limited space available this can mean there may be some difficult decisions ahead which may not be popular with everyone. We are all working really hard to get the balance right between all road users: motorists, cyclists, pedestrians – private users, commercial users and public service users.

“They all have a ‘right’ to use the roads but we are also working towards increasing sustainable transportation methods for the long term. Without this programme of improvements, traffic conditions would get very much worse.”

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2:29pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Cosmic Crusader says...

Let's get the existing roads repaired first (see story about record number of pot holes) before the so called "improvement schemes" are initiated.
Let's get the existing roads repaired first (see story about record number of pot holes) before the so called "improvement schemes" are initiated. Cosmic Crusader

2:45pm Tue 22 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Isn't repairing roads improving them?
Isn't repairing roads improving them? speedy231278

2:46pm Tue 22 Jan 13

rayc says...

The improvement schemes are about sustainable means of travel including walking, cycling and buses.”

Expect installation of bus lanes and removal of on street parking. £7.4m is not a lot when it is spent on traffic regulations, paint, signage and pedestrian crossings.
The improvement schemes are about sustainable means of travel including walking, cycling and buses.” Expect installation of bus lanes and removal of on street parking. £7.4m is not a lot when it is spent on traffic regulations, paint, signage and pedestrian crossings. rayc

3:08pm Tue 22 Jan 13

skydriver says...

Maybe a copy of this idea should be sent to Christchurch council the roads here are as bad, that said they have been for some time, although I doubt if they will get fixed at least until they have fleeced the drivers with the increase in car park fees from April 1st.I doubt if CBC have seen the article from the communities minister, re NOT fleecing the motorist on car park charges.
Maybe a copy of this idea should be sent to Christchurch council the roads here are as bad, that said they have been for some time, although I doubt if they will get fixed at least until they have fleeced the drivers with the increase in car park fees from April 1st.I doubt if CBC have seen the article from the communities minister, re NOT fleecing the motorist on car park charges. skydriver

3:22pm Tue 22 Jan 13

nobbjockie says...

"Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, said: “It is really important that we continue our investment in transport infrastructure if we are going to address both the increasing pressure on our network and what the people of Poole tell us is important to them." Now Councillor, when have you ever stopped for just one minute to consider what the people are telling you? Shall we start with Poole gyratory or maybe Fleetsbridge traffic lights, or the changes in parking tariffs at 6pm which rip us all off, we could go on and on. The bottom line is that you and your bunch of merry men in their little office sit and look at pictures and not reality and then when they are challenged they start quoting irrelevant statistics that are used to justify their continued existence. I really do question how you and some of them are still in post.
"Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, said: “It is really important that we continue our investment in transport infrastructure if we are going to address both the increasing pressure on our network and what the people of Poole tell us is important to them." Now Councillor, when have you ever stopped for just one minute to consider what the people are telling you? Shall we start with Poole gyratory or maybe Fleetsbridge traffic lights, or the changes in parking tariffs at 6pm which rip us all off, we could go on and on. The bottom line is that you and your bunch of merry men in their little office sit and look at pictures and not reality and then when they are challenged they start quoting irrelevant statistics that are used to justify their continued existence. I really do question how you and some of them are still in post. nobbjockie

4:48pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Captain Peter says...

"Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, said: “It is really important that we continue our investment in transport infrastructure if we are going to address both the increasing pressure on our network and what the people of Poole tell us is important to them."
Cllr Dion you were told by the People of Poole that the gyratory was not important, pretty trees and kerbs were more important that the safety of your electorate, local pedestrians and cyclists but you were advised by head of transport who used 10 year old information. How did it turn out so wrong
"Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, said: “It is really important that we continue our investment in transport infrastructure if we are going to address both the increasing pressure on our network and what the people of Poole tell us is important to them." Cllr Dion you were told by the People of Poole that the gyratory was not important, pretty trees and kerbs were more important that the safety of your electorate, local pedestrians and cyclists but you were advised by head of transport who used 10 year old information. How did it turn out so wrong Captain Peter

8:52pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Black Pirate says...

I just hope people are given a real chance to engage in the proposed plans and that people come out and comment or get involved. The gyratory review shows what people power can do and we need proper solutions for the Roads of Poole.

We know that the money wont deliver everything but hope that its spent wisely and not on more useless kerb adjustments, lines, clutter, signs and bumps!
I just hope people are given a real chance to engage in the proposed plans and that people come out and comment or get involved. The gyratory review shows what people power can do and we need proper solutions for the Roads of Poole. We know that the money wont deliver everything but hope that its spent wisely and not on more useless kerb adjustments, lines, clutter, signs and bumps! Black Pirate

1:53pm Wed 23 Jan 13

dorsetspeed says...

"AFTER seeking residents’ views" ...

I don't remember anyone asking me. Anyway, whatever we say, we will get probably some more traffic lights somewhere, some more obstructions put down on the roads, something "iconic" perhaps, maybe a few speed limit reductions, and that will be about it.
"AFTER seeking residents’ views" ... I don't remember anyone asking me. Anyway, whatever we say, we will get probably some more traffic lights somewhere, some more obstructions put down on the roads, something "iconic" perhaps, maybe a few speed limit reductions, and that will be about it. dorsetspeed

4:34pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Poole council who spent 300k on a vile mural for Poole Bus station, installed traffic lights at Fleetsbridge and Mountbatten roundabouts, installed a Bus lane opposite The Dolphin centre causing traffic delays and then topped it off with the biggest white elephant of them all, a park and ride scheme used for four weeks of the year. It doesn' t bode well for the new chunk of money.
Poole council who spent 300k on a vile mural for Poole Bus station, installed traffic lights at Fleetsbridge and Mountbatten roundabouts, installed a Bus lane opposite The Dolphin centre causing traffic delays and then topped it off with the biggest white elephant of them all, a park and ride scheme used for four weeks of the year. It doesn' t bode well for the new chunk of money. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!

6:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Black Pirate says...

No one has been consulted and I hear they have already set the objectives of the scheme. That's not consultation! Madness of today I hear solar panels for bus stops are the next big idea. Most authorities haven't done this because it costs more to buy them than the energy gained. Another empty waste of money sustainability aim from the Authority. I get the feeling we will never get the attractive streets we would like!
No one has been consulted and I hear they have already set the objectives of the scheme. That's not consultation! Madness of today I hear solar panels for bus stops are the next big idea. Most authorities haven't done this because it costs more to buy them than the energy gained. Another empty waste of money sustainability aim from the Authority. I get the feeling we will never get the attractive streets we would like! Black Pirate

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