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Gillingham road and transport improvements

Four junctions along the B3081 will be improved with money secured by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Growth Deal.

The £3.45m funding will also provide improved pedestrian and cycle facilities between Cemetery Road and Station Road, and around the junctions.

The funding will also enable the design of Enmore Green Link Road, between the B3081 and the A30 west of Shaftesbury, as part of the Gillingham Growth Package. The project aims to significantly reduce traffic travelling to and from Gillingham through Shaftesbury.

Junction improvements

Highways engineers are currently designing four junction schemes to improve:

  • B3081 Shaftesbury Road junction with Newbury (High Street) – redesigning junction to improve traffic flow
  • B3081 Shaftesbury Road junction with B3092 New Road – upgrading existing signalised junction
  • B3081 Le Neubourg Way / Station Road – installing SCOOT to link into new junctions
  • B3081 Shaftesbury Road / King John Road – installing SCOOT to link into new junctions

Proposals also include investigating the potential for introducing one-way flow on part of Newbury and Station Road (higher).

Detailed proposals will be available in July 2019 for residents to feedback on.

The junction improvements and cycleway works are currently scheduled to start in January 2020 and will last around one year, with other road maintenance works carried out at the same time.

How the money is being spent

The £3.45m secured by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Growth Deal deliver a transport improvement package for the town:

  • £2.71m for junction improvements
  • £540k (of £3.45m) for sustainable transport improvements
  • £200k (of £3.45m) to design Enmore Green Link Road

Gillingham Principal Street

To support the proposed housing development between New Road and Shaftesbury Road, a new street within the development is planned to join these two roads.

A bid has been made to Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) for £6.3m to design, secure planning approval and build this principal street through the development.

The principal street is currently in the preliminary design phase.


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