First phase of Bournemouth Airport Growth Programme begins with A338 works
This month, work has started to rebuild the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road, the first of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Deal Projects to get underway.
The LEP’s £79 million Dorset Growth Deal with central government combines local, national and private sector funding to put towards strategic projects and programmes that will support long term economic prosperity for all in Dorset.
The £22m A338 road project is part of the Bournemouth Airport Growth Programme, which aims to bring in to Dorset:
- £52m private sector investment into the local economy
- 3,500 jobs by 2021 with up to a further 10,000 jobs created in the local economy by 2028
- 200 houses built by 2021, with a possible further 350 houses built by 2028
Dorset LEP Chairman, Gordon Page, said:
“The LEP works to drive and support a more prosperous future for your business, your family and your local area. Bournemouth Airport is a major economic asset for Dorset. It is currently expanding its operations with increased passengers through Flybe airlines and the development of the Aviation Park to provide new, high quality business premises. Without the proper infrastructure, the airport will fail to reach its full economic potential and the local economy will suffer – something the LEP is not prepared to see happen. The A338 renewal will help achieve enhanced access to employment sites, allow more jobs to be created, support better housing and enable the improvement and sustainability of our local economy.”
The A338 road works form part of a wider package of transport schemes funded by the LEP that are designed to improve infrastructure, unlock and unblock key housing and employment sites, create more highly skilled jobs, and support economic growth around Bournemouth Airport.
Councillor Peter Finney, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for Environment, said:
“The A338 is over 40 years old and is in vital need of reconstruction if we are to keep this strategic route flowing into the south east conurbation. We’ll be bringing the road up to current dual carriageway standards, improving drainage to solve flooding and 'ponding' problems, upgrading the central safety barrier to concrete and adding a 1m hard strip to give extra space for cars to move over for emergency vehicles, or in case of breakdowns – all of which will improve the reliability of the road.
“We’re also extremely pleased to be recycling as much material as possible – with a compound operating on site to process the old material and prepare it for reuse in the new road structure. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the scheme and reduce the amount of vehicles coming to site.”
Collectively, these projects are estimated to create 26,000 new jobs, 3,000 new homes, and generate £650 million public and private investment for Dorset between 2015 -2021.