Major infrastructure investment finishes on time

Blackwater Junction West completed on time and on schedule
Blackwater Junction West completed on time and on schedule

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, BCP Council and Dorset Council are pleased to announce that the major improvement works at the B3073 Blackwater West Junction have been completed on time and on budget.
The nine-month long scheme was funded through Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Deal* and forms part of the Bournemouth International Growth Programme aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport and stimulating economic growth across the county.
The works, delivered by BCP Council and Dorset Council, started in July 2019 and have focused on easing congestion, improving traffic flow and connectivity and increasing journey time reliability at the busy Blackwater West junction on the A338/B3073.  The works included:
•    Improvements to the A338 off slip
•    The construction of a new and more efficient A338 on slip
•    Increased junction capacity by widening the road on both sides to create an additional lane
•    Installation of new islands and traffic lights
•    Improved pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities
•    Three-metre-wide cycle and footpath facility improvements on the B3073
•    Resurfacing the whole junction
•    Installation of a noise fence and landscaping
This was the final scheme in a series of £11.2 million** works at Blackwater Junction on the A338 and B3073.
Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership said:
“We’re delighted that the improvements at Blackwater Junction West have completed on time, especially given the challenging COVID-19 environment the construction sector is working under.  The BIG Programme is in its penultimate year and this phase of work is an important milestone achievement in the programme that is improving transport links, easing congestion and supporting employment around Bournemouth Airport.  Continuing to deliver important infrastructure improvements in Bournemouth that benefit Dorset’s wider economy and business community are critical, now more so than ever before.”
Councillor Andy Hadley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure said:
“Marking the end of a series of major infrastructure investment schemes in the local area, I am pleased to see these improvements completed on time and on budget. I am also impressed by the ability of Hanson Contracting to meet the challenges presented by COVID19 and adapt their construction methods without impacting or delaying the project completion date.’’
Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:
“My thanks goes to everyone on the project team for keeping the improvements on track during these exceptional times, and adapting working methods to ensure the safety of the construction workforce. I’m incredibly proud of the successful partnership working we have achieved throughout the BIG Programme.”
The Blackwater Junction West improvements were completed on time and on budget according to COVID-19 social distancing measures.  They are testament to successful partnership working between Dorset LEP, BCP Council, Dorset Council and Hanson Contracting.

* £45,200,000 has been allocated to fund the BIG Programme from the £98.5 million funding secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s ‘Growth Deals’.  

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