THE A338 Spur Road will see some closures from next week as the annual spring clean takes place. 

Dorset Council and BCP Council will be carrying out litter picking, grass cutting and localised safety repairs along the dual carriageway from Monday night, May 20. 

In order to keep the workers safe, the authorities will close the road between Ashley Heath and Bournemouth Monday to Thursday between 9pm and 6am. 

On Monday and Tuesday, the southbound carriageway will be shut and on Wednesday and Thursday, northbound from Cooper Dean will be closed. 

The northbound closure will also enable Southern Gas Networks (SGN) to inspect their assets on the highway.   

Jack Wiltshire, head of highways at Dorset Council, said: “The overnight approach means we can carry out the work while keeping disruption for drivers to a minimum. 

“Closing the carriageways allows us to clean up, inspect and repair efficiently and safely, and it enables our partners at SGN to do the same. 

“We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding while we improve the road and protect the natural environment from unsightly rubbish that continues to be dumped on the roadside.” 

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journey during these nightworks, for example if they are travelling to Bournemouth Airport for a late night or early morning flight. 

In 2023, more than 14 tonnes of rubbish (the equivalent weight of two small lorries) was collected from the overnight spring and autumn clean-ups.