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 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
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
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
*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 potentially introducing 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.
Engineers are currently finalising the junction designs following feedback from residents and final designs will be available in spring 2020.
Work is scheduled to start on Monday 13 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 around 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 £6.3m to design, secure planning approval and build this principal street through the development.
The principal street is currently in the preliminary design phase.