Traffic update: Friar Waddon Lane temporary closure July – September 2020

From 20 July 2020, Friar Waddon Lane will be closed in both directions. An official diversion via Goulds Hill, Weymouth Road, and Portesham Hill will be clearly signposted.

The temporary traffic restriction will be in place for up to ten weeks.

This closure is needed to lay ducting for the new underground electricity cables as part of the Dorset VIP project to replace 9km of overhead line. The road width is insufficient to maintain any traffic flow while these construction activities are undertaken. We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

While the closure of Friar Waddon Lane has been agreed with Dorset Council for up to ten weeks, we will do all we can to ensure the road reopens as early as practically possible.

The emergency services have been informed of the closure and have been made aware of the diversion. Local schools and school buses will also be told of the closure and the alternative route as they reopen. We would urge all parents and carers to plan ahead to avoid delays.

Working safely
The Dorset VIP project affects a key part of national infrastructure that keeps the lights on today, tomorrow and into the future. Following a comprehensive review of our programme of work, together with our contractors we are progressing critical elements of the project.

At a time when everyone is being asked to stay at home wherever possible, we understand it can be unnerving to see others going about their daily work. Our people who need to continue working on site and in the community are doing so under stringent health and safety measures to protect not just themselves but also the communities in which they operate, and these measures will be regularly reviewed.

We want to reassure residents and businesses 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