A338 Reconstruction

A338 Reconstruction

Start Date: September 2015                                 End Date: May 2016


Growth Deal funding up to £19,800,000

Awarded to Bournemouth Borough Council 

Project Summary (BIG Programme) –

The BIG Programme is a major economic growth plan focused on improving connectivity, easing congestion, protecting existing jobs and creating new jobs in and around Bournemouth Airport and Wessex Fields.

£45.2m has been secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership as part of the Dorset Growth Deal to fund a series of transport and infrastructure investments along the A338, B3073 and A348 corridors aimed at facilitating better access into and around Bournemouth Airport as well as unlocking employment land at Aviation Business Park and at Wessex Fields.


  • Full depth reconstruction of 9km dual carriageway ensuring reduced long term maintenance costs
  • Bringing the carriageway widths up to current standards. It varied between 7.1 metres and 7.4 metres but is now a consistent 9.3 metres including adding a one metre hard strip to give extra space for cars to move over for emergency vehicles or in case of breakdowns
  • Replacing and upgrading the central safety barrier to concrete, making the road safer and reducing the risk of vehicles involved in accidents crossing into the opposing carriageway
  • Improving drainage to solve flooding and ‘ponding’ problems
  • Addressing ecological issues, including protected species translocation and migration
  • Bridge maintenance
  • Renewing road signs, cats eyes and markings


The stretch of the A338 Spur Road was rebuilt, work completed on time in May 2016, the road now boasts:

  • A new lower noise surface layer
  • 1 metre hard strip for emergency use
  • Improved drainage to reduce flooding and ponding
  • New concrete central reserve safety barrier to reduce maintenance and likelihood of crossover accidents
  • New road signs, cats’ eyes and road markings




Contact Details

Dorset LEP

Katherine May, Programme Manager


01202 962720

Dorset County Council 

Mike Read

Dorset County Council Number: 01305 251 000

A338 information website: https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/travelandtransport/projectsconsultationslocaltransportplans/projectsconsultations/a338/a338info.aspx 








Case Studies: 

Anne Warner, Head of Membership, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry said “Just to say ‘thank you’ for the updates throughout the works. DCCI and our members really appreciate it. I arrived 30 minutes early for my appointment this morning – the road looks fantastic!”

Councillor Peter Finney, Deputy Leader of Dorset County Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Highways said “The reconstruction of the Spur Road was long overdue and I’m pleased Dorset Highways have been able to work with our partners Hanson Contracting UK and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to make it one of the greenest road maintenance projects in the country. Not only is the recycling rate exceptional, but we have enhanced twenty-three hectares of nearby heathland and created new habitat for reptiles. These last nine months have felt like a lifetime for drivers and businesses, I’d like to thank you for your patience.”






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