Just a quick reminder before the long weekend, to sign up for the forthcoming Smart Cities sandpit on Tuesday, 24th May 2016.
To take part in this exciting opportunity, BU staff should complete the Smart-Cities-Sandpit-Application-Form and return this to Dianne Goodman by Tuesday, 17th May (extended to allow for those taking leave around the Bank Holiday). Places are strictly limited.
By applying, you agree to attend for the full duration of the event on 24th May (c. 9:30 – 16:30). This event will be held in BU’s Executive Business Centre (EBC).
If you are one of our external blog subscribers and you are interested in attending or if BU staff have any queries prior to submitting your application, please contact Emily Cieciura, RKEO Research Facilitator: EU & International.
This event is especially pertinent given this announcement from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership:
£23.3 million will be invested into four major transport schemes to improve access into and around the Port of Poole and help boost economic growth in the area. The funds have been secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Dorset Growth Deal.
The four schemes will be delivered by the Borough of Poole and include:
- A £4.3 million investment into the A349 (the main link road into the Port of Poole and the town centre from the A31) at Gravel Hill:
- Stabilising and strengthening embankments
- Increasing capacity for motor vehicles at the Queen Anne Drive junction
- Improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
- £2 million junction, pedestrian and cyclist improvements at Darby’s Corner and Dunyeats junction.
- New ‘approach spans’ for Poole Bridge i.e. the parts of the bridge that carry traffic from the land to the main section of the bridge (the green copper towers). This £4.2 million superstructure replacement will ensure the bridge continues to offer a vital route into the port:
- Carriageway widened to 6.5 metres
- Conversion of footpath into a 2.5-metre-wide shared footway/cycleway
- Extension of shared footway/cycleway along the lifting spans
- £13 million worth of major access improvements to the Port of Poole on the town side of the Backwater Channel and new development sites. Improvement to a number of key junctions including redevelopment of Hunger Hill.
What will these improvements achieve?
These major transport infrastructure projects will improve access into and around the Port of Poole, unlock regeneration sites, create more highly skilled jobs, improve housing and drive local economic growth.
When will work start?
The current work schedule start dates are as follows:
- Dunyeats junction – May 2016
- Darby’s Corner – 2018
- Gravel Hill – July 2016
- New approach spans for Poole Bridge – September2016
- Townside access improvements – 2017/2018.
What are ‘Growth Deals’?
Growth Deals provide funds to local enterprise partnerships for projects that benefit the local area and economy. A total of £79 million for Dorset has already been successfully bid for by Dorset LEP through the Dorset Growth Deal, which aims to bring together local, national and private sector funding to unlock and unblock key housing and employment sites, create more highly skilled jobs and support economic growth.
£23,310,000 has been allocated to fund transport infrastructure improvements into and around the Port of Poole. This figure includes both Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s growth deal funding (90%) and a local contribution from the Borough of Poole (10%).
For more information
For more details about the Port of Poole growth deal visit www.poole.gov.uk/dorsetgrowthdeal
“This multi-million-pound investment into the Port of Poole’s transport infrastructure will not only safeguard important road and bridge routes but will also unlock economic growth into the region.”
Gordon Page, Chairman, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership