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 £3.18m funding will also provide improved pedestrian and cycle facilities between Cemetery Road and Station Road, and around the B3081 junctions through town.
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.
How the money is being spent
Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership has secured £3.18m through the Government’s Growth Deal to deliver a transport improvement package for the town:
- £2.37m for junction improvements (including SCOOT)
- £713k (of £3.18m) for sustainable transport improvements (cost increase due to works programme extending to follow social distancing requirements)
- £100k (of £3.18m) to design Enmore Green Link Road
Highways engineers are currently designing four junction schemes to improve:
- B3081 Shaftesbury Road junction with Newbury (High Street) – improvements to existing mini-roundabout for pedestrians and cyclists
- 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
*SCOOT is a traffic signal system that uses detectors in the ground to continually assess traffic flows through a group of junctions, it reacts to the detected demands by adjusting the signal timings to try and keep congestion to a minimum on all approaches.
Proposals also include introducing a one-way flow on Station Road (higher) to improve the pedestrian environment.
As part of the new pedestrian and cycle facilities between Cemetery Road and Station Road, SCOOT will be installed at the B3081 Wyke Road junction with B3081 Le Neubourg Way.
Junction designs have incorporated feedback from residents where possible.
Work started in January 2020 with cycleway construction and improvements to the Waitrose junction. This will be followed with the further junction improvement works, with the whole scheme taking just over one year to complete. Other road maintenance will be carried out at the same time.
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 awarded by Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) for £6.31m to design, secure planning approval and build this principal street through the development.
The principal street is currently going through the planning process.