The scheme to reduce congestion and improve access to Bournemouth Airport started in July 2019 and was completed both on time and on budget earlier this week. The project was part of a collaboration between Dorset & BCP Councils as well as the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, in order to unlock land for future employment and economic growth. It has improved sliproads on to the A338 and local foot & cycle paths on the B3073, as well as boosting capacity by widening the road on both sides with an additional lane.
The £11.2 million in funding for the project, came through Dorset LEP’s local growth deal forming part of the Bournemouth International Growth (BIG) programme. All of the three organisations involved have praised the efficiency of workers, especially for completing the works while adhering to social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
BCP Council Leader Vikki Slade had the following to say - "I am really pleased that, despite all the current challenged the work at Blackwater was completed on time and on budget! Not only will this new junction improve the experience for drivers, the new cycle lane to Hurn roundabout will make it safer for cyclists and help us to connect our network of routes to support sustainable travel. This was a joint project with both BCP and Dorset Council and funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership and it’s a testament to the commitment to deliver that, despite Covid-19, we were able to continue to deliver this important infrastructure project.