Bournemouth Spur Road A338 Major Maintenance, Repairs and Reconstruction

Reply from John Turner - Technical Offcer, A338 Bournemouth Spur Road to Councillor Ron Whittaker

18th February 2010

Bournemouth Spur Road Enquiry

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

Thank you for your e-mail received on Friday, 12th February 2010, and please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you.

Subject to the scheme's funding approval, due shortly, when the work commences this Autumn, we do intend to incorporate both day and night work into our working patterns. Six months is the projected timeframe for this scheme based on working as many hours both day and night as possible, in order that we can meet our deadline for completion of Spring 2011.

Our suggested alternative route is one that keeps traffic to 'A' roads which bypass the A338. Although we appreciate that a number of these routes are already very congested, we are obliged to provide an alternative route for motorists, and albeit one that doesn't take traffic down narrow residential streets, such as Matchams Lane and Hurn Road. We are aware that the majority of main junctions in the area are already at capacity (without any additional displaced traffic), but we are looking to see if any adaptations of existing junctions can be done to improve the flow of traffic.

During the works, one lane will remain open in each direction on the Spur Road, and traffic will continue to use it outside of morning and evening rush hours.

Our contractors Hansons and Skanska are working closely with the project team, to agree methods of working that maximise the working day and minimise the programme duration. However, the timescale is unlikely to be reduced given the works involve effectively re-building the entire length of the A338 from the Ashley Heath to Cooper Dean Interchanges, some 6.5 miles in both directions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us again if you require any further information, or you can refer to our website at

Kind Regards,

John Turner - Technical Officer / Project Support

A338 Bournemouth Spur Road

Strategic Projects, Highways and Transportation, Environment Directorate, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ


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E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to

12th February 2010

A338 Bournemouth Spur Road Major Maintenance Scheme, Alternative Routes

Having attended our three monthly Area Forum last night, Throop, Muscliff, Strounden, Townsend and Holdenhurst Area Forum. Residents and Ward members were informed of the planned major maintenance for the Autumn, September 2010 - April 2011, one can fully accept the reasons / argument to carry reconstruction of the carriageway and maintenance to bridges and piers etc, besides those other identified works, our problem is the Alternative route being identified to take the additional traffic from the A338 (Bournemouth Spur Road) in the six months of proposed works, in your leaflet the County make reference to one main alternative route on the west side of the A338, and here reference to one lane open in each direction on the Spur road while works are taking place, as you can appreciate the alternative route already carry extremely heavy / busy traffic throughout the day, Castle Lane West / East has one of the heaviest of traffic in the whole of the county, it being the by-pass to Bournemouth.

So my question has to be why has no mention been made to carrying out much of the works throughout the night time, yes one fully appreciate the additional costs involved, with added lighting required, (yes expect I will hear about health and safety issues), but with much of the A338 within the forest area of the Spur road, such late working would not have any impact on the quality of life to residents, it would enable the timetable to be more than half, help industry, business, residents.

I trust this will not be a nine to five operation, as I like my ward colleagues represent the busy section of Castle lane will without doubt have substantial representations from residents who are already suffering from RAT-RUNNING, in adjacent roads to avoid the traffic in Castle Lane West, not helped by Castlepoint.

Councillor Ron Whittaker