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The road we have all been waiting for
IT’S been a long time coming.
But finally, work to complete a distributor road through Verwood is due to start in April 2015 – 42 years after the first plan was put forward in 1972.
Residents say the Springfield Distributor Road, that will link Manor Road to Howe Lane, will provide much-needed relief to Verwood’s current clogged arteries that create heavy traffic close to Emmanuel Middle School and Verwood First School.
And with the prospect of the building of a new school and a sports centre for the town, residents have deemed the £2m scheme “vital”.
Resident Sarah Sumner said: “The road is vital because the traffic on the school run is getting quite dangerous and many parents have to go all the way around the town to avoid Margards Lane, which is always chock-a-block.
“The traffic has become so bad in recent years that I believe there have been problems getting emergency vehicles through to the schools.”
The scheme will provide access from the roundabout at Manor Road to the Howe Lane area, which is currently served by Margards Lane, a single adopted highway, which has a sub-standard junction at the B3072.
The scheme will not only provide relief for Margards Lane but also the surrounding network of unmade, unadopted roads.
Dorset County Council will set out to compulsorily purchase two homes to widen the existing private street to current adoption standards.
Councillor Toni Coombes said: “The road is a key link for the school campus looking forward.
“Building roads is an expensive business; the two properties are to be purchased as the impact is significant in the short-term as the road is being realigned in order to meet up with the Howe Lane roundabout.
“The properties will be resold post construction.”
A Dorset County Council spokesman said: “The Springfield Distributor Road in Verwood has been planned since 1972, and the East Dorset Local Plan 2002 reaffirmed it was needed for an expanding local community.” “It will provide a primary route from Manor Road in the centre of Verwood to the Howe Lane area of town, where there are new housing developments, two schools and growing community facilities.
"The total length of the proposed road is about 345m.
About 145m of this has already been built or adopted, at the northern and southern ends of the route.
“Dorset County Council's cabinet has now given the goahead to acquire land necessary to complete the remainder of the route.
“If the necessary legal processes can be completed in time, we hope to start construction of the final section of the road in 2015."
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