Port of Poole


Growth Deal funding up to £23,310,000

The Port of Poole and surrounding area is an important business region in Dorset and one of the county’s key assets.  £23,310,000 million from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal fund is being invested into four major transport schemes to improve access into and around the Port of Poole.  The investment will help drive local economic growth and bring an anticipated £500 million of leveraged private investment in to the area.   

The five schemes will be delivered by the Borough of Poole and include:

A £3.3 million investment into the A349 (the main link road into the Port of Poole and the town centre from the A31) at Gravel Hill & Dunyeats.  Work covered:

  • Stabilising and strengthening embankments
  • Increasing capacity for motor vehicles at the Queen Anne junction
  • Improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

£307k allocated to Hatch Pond, work covered: 

  • Adding and upgrading signals to provide DDA compliant toucan crossings
  • Improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Upgraded lighting, de-cluttering of signage/street furniture and highway resurfacing

£565k allocated to Darby's Corner for enhancements to the roundabout and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

New ‘approach spans’ for Poole Bridge (which carry the traffic from the land to the main section of the bridge).  This £7.3 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

£11.7 million worth of major access improvements to the Port of Poole on the town side of the Backwater Channel and new development sites. 

  • Improvements to a number of key junctions including redevelopment of Hunger Hill
  • Improvements to cycling and pedestrian facilities
  • Development of the regeneration area



“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.  Improving the Port of Poole’s infrastructure will secure industrial, maritime, residential and visitor growth and deliver significant long-term employment, housing and economic benefits.”

Gordon Page, (Former) Chairman, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership

 For more information and to keep up-to-date on the progress of these transport schemes visit www.poole.gov.uk/dorsetgrowthdeal

The Port of Poole Delivery Board was established in September 2014 to ensure that the various elements of the Port of Poole Programme are delivered on time and to budget. 


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