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Motorists in Gillingham are set to face further delays as engineers from Dorest Council begin more roadworks in the town.

After the work on the new cyclepath along Le Neubourg Way, the council will turn its attention to the Newbury/Shaftesbury Road junction from 3 August.

These works are expected to take around six weeks.

Funding for the work was secured by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the government’s Growth Deal to provide a ‘transport improvement package’ for the town to support its expansion.

A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: ‘Following consultation feedback from local residents the junction will remain as a mini-roundabout and the works will improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

‘To enable the work to be carried out safely there will be four-way temporary lights in place. These will need to be in use 24/7 but we will monitor the traffic flow and remove the temporary lights when it is safe to do so.’

The spokesweon added: ‘Unfortunately, with this sort of work, some inconvenience may be caused but we will ensure that it is kept to a minimum.’

Residents who feel the work is likely to cause any particular problems which could be helped by special arrangements, e.g. for anyone with a mobility problem or for special deliveries they might be expecting, are asked to contact the Scheme Engineer, Kerry Stone, on 01305 225412 or email the project team at [email protected]


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