Growing support for HGV one-way system 1 Posted on 21 August 2015 by Dorset County Council The trial of an unofficial, voluntary HGV one-way system directing HGVs to travel north towards Shaftesbury on the A350 and south towards Blandford on the C13 is being supported by local and national firms. Dorset County Council 2 implemented this scheme following feedback from haulage firms and residents along both roads. It will lessen the likelihood of two HGV s travelling in opposite directions trying to pass each other at a pinch point.
This situation, when it happens, can cause disruption and delays to all highway users and impacts on local communities. The voluntary one-way system started on 20 July and has gained support from haulage companies including the county council s business partners Hanson and the Dorset Waste Partnership. The Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association have informed their members of this scheme and have asked them to make a measurable impact on the way HGV s and coaches travel these routes.
Cllr Peter Finney, the county council s Cabinet member for environment, said: This trial of a one-way system is down to the hard work of officers negotiating with the relevant organisations to find a solution that would work. This is a voluntary scheme and we are unable to enforce it, but if it can reduce the number of HGVs meeting than it has to be good for everyone. We will continue to monitor this arrangement, keeping an eye on the situation.
The trial will continue until the C13 at Melbury Abbas is closed again when work will start on stabilising Dinah s Hollow. The road had been closed for over a year due to the risk to road users from the unstable slopes. A date for this work has not been set.
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A303 funding announcement good news for Dorset 1 Posted on 01 December 2014 by Dorset County Council Dorset s economy is set to be boosted following the announcement of major government funding to improve the A303 transport corridor north of the county. Dorset County Council 2 has lobbied Government for the whole route improvement of the A303 corridor, as part of a group of local authorities led by Somerset County Council. And the hard work has paid off, with the announcement today (1 December 2014) by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander that the full A303 corridor including the A358 from the Ilminster roundabout to Taunton and the A30 will be upgraded as part of a 2 billion roads investment strategy.
The A303 passes through the very north of Dorset, providing an essential link for North Dorset, particularly Gillingham. The A303/A358 route provides strategic connections to the north from south and south-east Dorset. Dorset County Council Cabinet member for Environment and the Economy, Peter Finney said: This really is excellent news.
Dorset County Council and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) both support improvement to the whole of the A303/A358. Recent economic studies suggest that major improvements to the A303/A358 corridor could inject 41 billion into the South West s economy and create in excess of 21,000 jobs regionally. The benefit to Dorset itself could amount to 4.7 billion, with tourism benefits of up to 2.6 billion.
In Somerset, dualling the A303 between South Petherton and Ilminster (the Ilminster Bypass), plus the A358 between Ilminster and M5 junction 25 at Taunton will improve the north-south route, critical for freight traffic accessing Dorset s ports at Portland and Poole. To fully maximise the benefits to Dorset s economy further improvements to the A37 / A3088 south and west of Yeovil will also be needed, as identified in the Dorset LEP Strategic Economic Plan. Capacity and junction enhancements to the A303 in Wiltshire will also enable further expansion of Gillingham and Shaftesbury, specifically benefiting the economy of North Dorset.
But it s not just good news for our local economy.
The A303/A358 improvements will also provide significant environmental and community benefit by relieving traffic pressure on the A350 and C13 in North Dorset.
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Bin deliveries start for new service Posted on 15 April 2013 by Dorset County Council Households in North and part of East Dorset start receiving their containers for the new recycle for Dorset service this week. The new scheme, being rolled out by the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) on behalf of Dorset councils, will replace current recycling and rubbish collections in this area from Monday 10 June . New food waste containers and wheelie bins or alternative sacks and boxes for households that qualify for exceptions will be delivered by contractor TJK Logistics over a six-week period.
All households will also have a comprehensive information pack including a guide to using recycle for Dorset ; a new collection calendar; stickers for recycling containers; a reusable bag for recycling batteries; and a sample of compostable caddy liners posted through their door at the same time. The DWP is reassuring residents they don t need to worry about when their containers arrive and is giving the following advice: You don t need to be in for your bins and there is nothing for which you need to sign Your containers may arrive any time between Monday 15 April and Friday 24 May (a fortnight before the new service starts) We can t give you a specific delivery date or time because the schedule may change. See the indicative delivery schedule and frequently asked questions Your containers will be left at the boundary of your property unless we have agreed to provide you with an assisted collection, in which case they will be left close to your door Please take your containers onto your property as soon as you can.
If you will be away during the delivery period, you could ask a neighbour to bring them in if they arrive Check you have all your containers and they aren t damaged. (Bin lids may warp during storage but should soon return to their normal shape) Your kitchen caddy will be delivered inside your larger food bin (unless you use the current North Dorset brown bin scheme and already have a caddy) If you receive different containers to those you were expecting or if any are damaged, call 01305 221040 immediately and if necessary a DWP response team will come and replace any containers If you paid for optional garden waste bins or bags before 28 February, you will receive them at the same time as your other containers. A separate garden waste calendar will be posted to you before your collection starts Check you have received your information pack through your letterbox. Please read your user guide carefully and keep it somewhere handy for future reference Take note of the dates marked on your new calendar (your collection days may change from June) and keep it somewhere to remind you, such as on the fridge Please don t put your new containers out for collection until the new service starts , as they won t be emptied You can start putting waste in your containers two weeks before the new service starts.
To avoid overfilling your bins before your first collection, continue using your current service up to and including the week beginning Monday 3 June To report a problem or ask a question, call the DWP customer service team on 01305 221040 . Please note that lines may be busy during the delivery period. Find detailed information about the recycle for Dorset service online.
Steve Burdis, Director of the Dorset Waste Partnership, said: It s very exciting to be rolling out recycle for Dorset to the next phase of households. The new service has been a huge success in Christchurch and parts of East Dorset where it has been fully embraced by residents who are recycling record amounts for Dorset. We appreciate the change may take a few weeks to get used to, but the delivery of the bins will be a chance for residents to familiarise themselves with their new service before it starts in June.
The new bins are really easy to use and move for the vast majority of residents but we have managed to make adjustments for those with genuine difficulties.
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