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Over £7 million to be spent on Dorset transport improvements

By DavidBol  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

Millions will be spent on improving the Poole - Bournemouth - Christchurch corridor for drivers

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Over £7 million will be spent on giving Poole roads a face-lift - after locals highlighted the importance of improvements.

The Borough of Poole will carry out a range of work to roads, pavements and footpaths following public response to a National Highways and Transport survey.

Poole residents felt the condition of roads, pavements and footpaths, safety on roads and traffic congestion needed most improvement.

Head of Transportation at the Borough of Poole Julian McLaughlin said: "A programme of transport improvement and maintenance schemes for Poole, totaling just under £7.4m 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."

The council will also carry out a range of other improvements including work on bridges and maintenance to roads.

The amount of improvement to take place has been given a boost after the Government announced further funding for highway maintenance.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation at the Borough of Poole, said: "We are 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 condition would get very much worse over time with the impact being felt across the whole community together with local businesses."

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