17 Week Road Works Begin In Charminster

Following the advanced works being undertaken this week, next Monday (10 January 2011) will see the beginning of a major Road Rescue scheme at the junction of Charminster Road, Alma Road and Richmond Park Road.

The highway scheme should take 17 weeks to complete and will include:

·    the repair and reconstruction of the roads within the junction

  • the replacement of all kerbs
  • the resurfacing of all the pavements 
  • upgrading the existing traffic signals
  • improving facilities for pedestrians including the provision of a new controlled crossing facility on Charminster Road
  • ‘Advanced Stop Lines’ installed on all approaches to the junction to improve road safety for cyclists.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place at the junction from Monday 10 January with a traffic diversion in place for eastbound traffic on Alma Road via Heron Court Road. Bus services in this direction will be diverted via Kings Road.

The works beginning at the junction of Charminster Road/ Alma Road and Richmond Park Road are part of the Road Rescue resurfacing works which began last year (November) between Acland Road and St Albans Avenue.  Working with trade representatives in the area, the Council programmed the works to stop during the Christmas period to avoid any disruption to traders during their busiest trading season.

Councillor Michael Filer, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, said:  

“This is a large scheme and we are aiming to do it in the best possible way for local residents and businesses.  I would like to assure residents and motorists that we are planning these works so that they cause as little disruption as possible.

“The aim of Road Rescue is to bring our roads and pavements up to the standard expected.  Since the launch earlier last year the teams have been working across the Borough to repair potholes, carry out necessary structural works, as well as resurface and refresh road markings across the town.”

Lesley Stephenson, Chairman of Charminster Traders Association, added: “On behalf of Charminster Traders I would like to thank the Council for programming these works so that they did not impact on our busiest trading season.  These are much needed major improvement works and the Council is working hard to keep disruption to a minimum.”