Friar Waddon Lane closure: March 2021

Traffic update: temporary closure from 8 March 2021

Update 22 April 2021 – Friar Waddon Road reopened early.

From 8 March 2021, Friar Waddon Lane will be closed in both directions between Friar Waddon House and its junction to Corton.  An official diversion via Goulds Hill, Weymouth Road, and Portesham Hill will be clearly signposted.

While the closure of Friar Waddon Lane has been agreed with Dorset Council for up to eight weeks, National Grid and our partners will do all we can to reopen the road as early as practically possible.

This closure is needed as part of our work to lay ducting for the new underground electricity cables.  Unfortunately, the road is too narrow for us to keep this open to traffic while we’re carrying out the works. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Access for pedestrians will be provided throughout the temporary closure.  It will also be possible for cyclists to dismount and push their bikes safely around the closed sections of road.  However, we would encourage cyclists to use the official diversion or other alternative routes where possible, as for safety reasons this pedestrian diversion will be off the road.

The emergency services, local schools and buses are being informed about the closure and diversion route.  We urge all parents and carers to plan ahead to avoid delays if travelling to schools.

We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to minimise disruption.  Throughout the closure, access to homes and businesses along the road will be maintained.

If you have any questions about the planned temporary closure, please get in touch with the VIP project team directly by calling 0330 134 0051 or sending an email to visualimpact@nationalgrid.com.