Access to Port of Poole
Twin Sails area

We have successfully secured £23.3 million from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) to improve the connectivity of the A31 trunk road to the Port of Poole, the town centre and its surrounding regeneration sites.

Photo credit : Stephen Bath

LEAD: Borough of Poole

Working with:

Dorset LEP


Project initiation
Options appraisal
Concept design
Detailed design
Relevant approvals/consents
Final preparation
Works underway / on-site

Key Benefits

investing in key routes to the Port & town centre

driving economic growth

unlocking development sites for housing

creating jobs

improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities

create attractive public spaces

celebrate local heritage

What's happening?

Poole Harbour Commissioners have a masterplan to develop and grow the Port.  As one of Dorset’s key assets this is vital as it is a hugely important employment site providing jobs around sea-based freight, passenger ferries, cruise liners and marine related industrial/leisure activities.

DLEP funding to improve access to the Port, along with Poole’s infrastructure in its two-bridge system, will help drive-up local economic growth, improve housing and create more highly skilled jobs, around the Port and surrounding regeneration areas, including the town centre.

‘Transforming Dorset’, a Strategic Economic Plan, was submitted to Government in March 2014.  It was used in negotiations to secure the funding from the Dorset Growth Deal.

Port of Poole enabling works

The Port of Poole Growth Deal programme (2016-2021) includes:

  • Townside – improvements on the town-side of Back Water Channel, from Hunger Hill to Poole Bridge, including West Street and West Quay Road, started in autumn 2018. They will improve reliable journey times to the Port and town centre and help to ‘unlock’ development sites for regeneration.  New and attractive public spaces will be created along the route, making the area more pleasant and inviting.
  • Poole Bridge approach spans – improvements to replace the 85 year old, worn-out approach spans to Poole Bridge were completed in January 2018. The spans carry traffic from the land to the main section of the bridge (the green copper-clad towers). Improvements included wider spans to help ease traffic flow and wider walkways to create a safer and more pleasant journey for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Gravel Hill – improvements to strengthen and stabilise the embankment to secure the A349 as a main route into the Port of Poole and town centre were completed in November 2016. They included improvements for all road users to help introduce reliable journey times, reduce congestion around junctions and provide a shared pedestrian / cycle lane.