Poole’s Herbert Avenue to close in one direction for five days for resurfacing work

WARNING: Roadworks signs at Herbert Avenue

WARNING: Roadworks signs at Herbert Avenue

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DRIVERS face chaos when a stretch of one of Poole’s busiest roads is closed in one direction for almost a week.

Resurfacing work is being done over almost a mile of Herbert Avenue – which is used by 23,000 vehicles a day – from Tuesday, May 27 to Saturday, May 31.

The roadworks will be carried out in the half-term holidays to minimise disruption but a local councillor has warned of ‘potential chaos’.

The work is taking place between Arne Avenue and Ringwood Road. Westbound traffic can still use the route, but traffic coming from Ringwood Road to Alder Road will be diverted.

Cllr Ian Potter, cabinet member for transport at the Borough of Poole, said: “These works are vital as we have received a number of complaints about the road surface along Herbert Avenue.

“We have chosen the half-term week to carry out these works as traffic levels will be considerably lower than normal and we are aiming to minimise disruption to road users.

“Westbound traffic will be unaffected but there will be a 24-hour diversion in place for traffic coming from Ringwood Road to Alder Road.

“We appreciate that there will be some impact on journey times and would encourage people to allow extra time.”

The council is resurfacing both eastbound and westbound lanes, but it  is only closing the route to eastbound traffic.

Alderney councillor Tony Trent said: “It’s got to be done but it will potentially be chaos.”

He said he had been communicating with residents, including hundreds of Facebook users.

“Most people understand what’s going to happen and understand it’s a necessary evil. The timing has prevented it from being worse,” he said.

“It would be nice if it were possible to do the work at night. “But because there are so many residential properties here – that and the extra expense – the idea was ruled out.

“It’s going to be quite an inconvenience to people living nearby but hopefully a fresh, resurfaced Herbert Avenue is going to be an improvement.

“There are some slight changes to markings to improve safety on the road afterwards so there may be a few gains for the community when it’s all been done.”

Roadworks in detail

Work will take place from 7.30am to 6pm.

Poole council says businesses will be open as usual and access to the St Aldhelm’s Academy site will be unaffected.

Westbound traffic from Alder Road towards Ringwood Road can still use the road, but delays are possible.

Eastbound traffic – Ringwood Road to Alder Road – will be diverted via the Mountbatten roundabout, Wallisdown Road and Alder Road. Morebus has said it will work closely with the council to limit disruption for travellers.

A statement from operations manager Adam Keen said: “Our 14 and 16 buses will operate from Poole to the Seaview roundabout through Ashley Road, turning left at Branksome roundabout and on to Alder Road at the traffic lights – and then left on to Herbert Avenue. From there, they will turn into Arne Avenue, before re-joining their usual route.

“The 7b will operate normally until it reaches the top of Albert Road. After that it will take a right to the top of Rossmore Road before turning left into Herbert Avenue and right onto Arne Avenue, before picking up its regular route.

“The 7b will travel back to the junction at Arne Avenue, turn left on to Herbert Avenue and then right into Rossmore Road.

“Having recently increased the frequency of some services in Poole, we hope the timing isn’t too frustrating for our customers.

“We promise to bring these services back to normal as soon as we are given the nod that it is safe to do so.”

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6:07am Wed 14 May 14

Understated says...

“We have chosen the half-term week to carry out these works as traffic levels will be considerably lower than normal and we are aiming to minimise disruption to road users. " its more likely to be the opposite.
“We have chosen the half-term week to carry out these works as traffic levels will be considerably lower than normal and we are aiming to minimise disruption to road users. " its more likely to be the opposite. Understated
  • Score: -23

6:26am Wed 14 May 14

Peroni says...

Let's see how long this surface lasts...............
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Let's see how long this surface lasts............... . Peroni
  • Score: -5

7:02am Wed 14 May 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Will the Tarmac be laid by the legitimate Tarmac companies based in Arne Avenue ?
Will the Tarmac be laid by the legitimate Tarmac companies based in Arne Avenue ? cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 9

7:13am Wed 14 May 14

PooleResident1982 says...

As a daily user of this road, I am so pleased to finally hear they've listened to all the complaints about the road surface and are finally going to fix it rather than the useless patching up jobs they've done up til now which are crumbling apart again by the end of the same day! Yes, it may be a bit I an inconvenience with the road closure but it's only for 1 week and hopefully will result in there being more people driving in a straight line rather than weaving all over the place to avoid the numerous potholes and less damage on cars! I for one am more than thrilled this is finally being sorted as the road has been in a terrible condition for quite some time now. My only moan is why they can't do both directions at the same time and employ more staff to cover the job so it can all be completed in the same week rather than road users being inconvenienced again another time? Either way, my spine will be very grateful for the work being completed!... Even if it is only half a job ;)
As a daily user of this road, I am so pleased to finally hear they've listened to all the complaints about the road surface and are finally going to fix it rather than the useless patching up jobs they've done up til now which are crumbling apart again by the end of the same day! Yes, it may be a bit I an inconvenience with the road closure but it's only for 1 week and hopefully will result in there being more people driving in a straight line rather than weaving all over the place to avoid the numerous potholes and less damage on cars! I for one am more than thrilled this is finally being sorted as the road has been in a terrible condition for quite some time now. My only moan is why they can't do both directions at the same time and employ more staff to cover the job so it can all be completed in the same week rather than road users being inconvenienced again another time? Either way, my spine will be very grateful for the work being completed!... Even if it is only half a job ;) PooleResident1982
  • Score: 34

8:02am Wed 14 May 14

anotherfatslob says...

Drivers cause chaos as their vehicle choice clogs and degrades the road system.
Drivers cause chaos as their vehicle choice clogs and degrades the road system. anotherfatslob
  • Score: -12

8:31am Wed 14 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Well as Tony Trent says it is work that needs to be done and at least the Council have used some common sense and chosen half term to do it.

I can't see how anyone can moan about the council actually doing something sensible for a change.
Well as Tony Trent says it is work that needs to be done and at least the Council have used some common sense and chosen half term to do it. I can't see how anyone can moan about the council actually doing something sensible for a change. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 20

8:45am Wed 14 May 14

purpleflower57 says...

Would be nice if the bus company could put details of the divetsion on their website, instead of leaving it to the echo to publish diversion details. Doesn't surprise me, I've emailed them twice asking for details and no response.
Would be nice if the bus company could put details of the divetsion on their website, instead of leaving it to the echo to publish diversion details. Doesn't surprise me, I've emailed them twice asking for details and no response. purpleflower57
  • Score: 5

9:22am Wed 14 May 14

boyerboy says...

Amazing - the Tarmac crews have arrived ready for this work already ( in order to avoid disruption as much as possible) as I write the crews are busily getting ready, having parked their vital machinery and caravans in nearby parks and car parks.............
Amazing - the Tarmac crews have arrived ready for this work already ( in order to avoid disruption as much as possible) as I write the crews are busily getting ready, having parked their vital machinery and caravans in nearby parks and car parks............. boyerboy
  • Score: 16

9:41am Wed 14 May 14

In Absentia says...

Understated wrote:
“We have chosen the half-term week to carry out these works as traffic levels will be considerably lower than normal and we are aiming to minimise disruption to road users. " its more likely to be the opposite.
Absolute nonsense. Clearly you don't travel around Poole during a normal rush hour. When the schools are on holiday I would guess that rush hour traffic drops by 50 to 60%. Still, any excuse for a moan at the Council.

At the moment you almost need a 4x4 to drive along Herbert Avenue, the work has to be done sometime, people need to get on and put up with it for a few days.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: “We have chosen the half-term week to carry out these works as traffic levels will be considerably lower than normal and we are aiming to minimise disruption to road users. " its more likely to be the opposite.[/p][/quote]Absolute nonsense. Clearly you don't travel around Poole during a normal rush hour. When the schools are on holiday I would guess that rush hour traffic drops by 50 to 60%. Still, any excuse for a moan at the Council. At the moment you almost need a 4x4 to drive along Herbert Avenue, the work has to be done sometime, people need to get on and put up with it for a few days. In Absentia
  • Score: 18

10:03am Wed 14 May 14

BarrHumbug says...

About time too, a shocking road!
About time too, a shocking road! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 11

12:08pm Wed 14 May 14

justme20092009 says...

oh well
oh well justme20092009
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Wed 14 May 14

Branksome Boy says...

Why is only one half of Herbert Avenue being resurfaced? Anyone who drives the length of Herbert Avenue knows that the whole road needs doing! As per usual Poole Council fails in it's duties!
Why is only one half of Herbert Avenue being resurfaced? Anyone who drives the length of Herbert Avenue knows that the whole road needs doing! As per usual Poole Council fails in it's duties! Branksome Boy
  • Score: -2

2:22pm Wed 14 May 14

live-and-let-live says...

boyerboy wrote:
Amazing - the Tarmac crews have arrived ready for this work already ( in order to avoid disruption as much as possible) as I write the crews are busily getting ready, having parked their vital machinery and caravans in nearby parks and car parks.............
would that be the ethnic minorities who are camped on rossmore rec?
[quote][p][bold]boyerboy[/bold] wrote: Amazing - the Tarmac crews have arrived ready for this work already ( in order to avoid disruption as much as possible) as I write the crews are busily getting ready, having parked their vital machinery and caravans in nearby parks and car parks.............[/p][/quote]would that be the ethnic minorities who are camped on rossmore rec? live-and-let-live
  • Score: 1

5:55pm Wed 14 May 14

Wackerone says...

PooleResident1982 wrote:
As a daily user of this road, I am so pleased to finally hear they've listened to all the complaints about the road surface and are finally going to fix it rather than the useless patching up jobs they've done up til now which are crumbling apart again by the end of the same day! Yes, it may be a bit I an inconvenience with the road closure but it's only for 1 week and hopefully will result in there being more people driving in a straight line rather than weaving all over the place to avoid the numerous potholes and less damage on cars! I for one am more than thrilled this is finally being sorted as the road has been in a terrible condition for quite some time now. My only moan is why they can't do both directions at the same time and employ more staff to cover the job so it can all be completed in the same week rather than road users being inconvenienced again another time? Either way, my spine will be very grateful for the work being completed!... Even if it is only half a job ;)
If you'd read the report properly, then you'd see that they are resurfacing both sides at the same time. Just that they are only closing one carriage way completely the same way that did Ringwood Road.
[quote][p][bold]PooleResident1982[/bold] wrote: As a daily user of this road, I am so pleased to finally hear they've listened to all the complaints about the road surface and are finally going to fix it rather than the useless patching up jobs they've done up til now which are crumbling apart again by the end of the same day! Yes, it may be a bit I an inconvenience with the road closure but it's only for 1 week and hopefully will result in there being more people driving in a straight line rather than weaving all over the place to avoid the numerous potholes and less damage on cars! I for one am more than thrilled this is finally being sorted as the road has been in a terrible condition for quite some time now. My only moan is why they can't do both directions at the same time and employ more staff to cover the job so it can all be completed in the same week rather than road users being inconvenienced again another time? Either way, my spine will be very grateful for the work being completed!... Even if it is only half a job ;)[/p][/quote]If you'd read the report properly, then you'd see that they are resurfacing both sides at the same time. Just that they are only closing one carriage way completely the same way that did Ringwood Road. Wackerone
  • Score: 7

10:24pm Fri 30 May 14

sapphire26 says...

Didn't take long for another company to come along and dig the newly laid Tarmac up on Herbert Ave. workmen were digging up the road opposite St Aldhelms academy this evening when I drove through at 8pm tonight 30/05/14.
Makes a mockery of a nice new sealed road surface.
Didn't take long for another company to come along and dig the newly laid Tarmac up on Herbert Ave. workmen were digging up the road opposite St Aldhelms academy this evening when I drove through at 8pm tonight 30/05/14. Makes a mockery of a nice new sealed road surface. sapphire26
  • Score: 0

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