The A348 traffic problems have prompted the newly formed Dorset County Council to start a A348 Corridor Study. They appointed a program manager just before Christmas. Local transport officers from DCC, Poole and Bournemouth councils are meeting up regularly with the program manager. We should know more in a few weeks.
An A348 traffic modelling exercise is also underway to forecast traffic growth from the allocated housing and nearby employment sites. Any sites indicated in the East Dorset Local Plan options consultation which could impact on the A348 are also being taken into account.
The outcome of this modelling excercise will feed into the study as it is likely to identify congestion hot spots and flag-up specific issues along the corridors.
We expect that Longham bridge will be top of the list!