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New bus lay-by and shelter for Poole Road

A new layby and shelter for bus passengers for a busy main road in Poole is the latest improvement nearing completion as part of the Three Towns Travel project.

The new layby and shelter in front of Rutland/Berkley Manor on Poole Road, replaces the existing bus stop opposite Eagle Road.

These improvements, which will be completed at the end of January 2015, will allow vehicles to pass buses stopped at the new shelter and help to ease congestion for Poole bound traffic during peak traffic times.

Poole Road will also see a number of other bus stops replaced and upgraded over the next two months. The new shelters will have a light and airy stainless steel design, a glass roof and full width seating. The popular Real Time Information displays will also be upgraded on some stops using a more accurate, satellite tracking, and communications system.

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “It is good to see the end of this series of travel improvements, shaped by local opinion, nearing completion. They will help reduce congestion, improve air quality and help make public spaces more attractive for Poole Road and the surrounding area. We thank everyone for their continued patience and hope the improvements will provide people with more sustainable transport choices around the conurbation.”

The Three Towns Travel is a £12.1 million scheme aimed at improving sustainable travel between Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.

Poole Road, as well as St Aldhelm's Road, Lindsay Road and the junction of Poole Road with Bourne Valley Road, was allocated £550,000 for improvements from the scheme. These include altering the parking/loading by Branksome Parade, creating an additional bus lane which can be used by cyclists and upgrading the traffic signals at Bourne Valley Road.

Councillor Karen Rampton, Ward Member for Branksome East, Borough of Poole, said: "This new state of the art stop and shelter will be a real boon to bus users in Branksome East. I very much welcome the improvements made to Poole Road."

Councillor May Haines, Ward Member for Canford Cliffs, Borough of Poole, said: "I welcome this scheme. It will help to improve traffic flow which is a real concern to many local residents."

More information can be found at boroughofpoole.com/threetownstravel.