Transport Updates

Information on roadworks and access

This page will be regularly updated with the latest information on roadworks and details about access to footpaths and Public Rights of Way.  We will be doing everything we can to minimise any disruption as a result of the project.


We need to create temporary access roads along the route of the project including off the A35, just west of Winterbourne Abbas, and the Roman Road.

Traffic restrictions will be in operation during this work.  The A35 will not be fully closed, but is likely to be affected in autumn 2019 for up to five weeks.  A temporary closure of the Roman Road will take place in January 2020, with a diversion in place for two to four weeks.

We are working with Highways England and Dorset Council to keep traffic flowing as much as possible, but there will be some disruption and we’d like to apologise in advance for the
inconvenience this causes.  We’ll keep this page updated with the latest traffic plans once these have been agreed with the highways authorities.

Once the new access is established, part-time traffic lights will be in place on the A35 for the duration of the works so construction traffic can rejoin the road safely.

Footpaths and crossings

The cable route is crossed by a number of popular public footpaths including the South Dorset Ridgeway and the Jubilee Trail.

We’re working with the AONB Partnership, Dorset Council and local Ramblers groups to determine how best to manage the paths during construction.  This will mean some temporary closures, but we’ll be installing managed crossings on the most popular routes.

These will remain open to users all the time except for short periods when vehicles need to get across, minimising disruption so people can continue to enjoy the trails.

Specific information on works affecting footpaths will be available on this page well in advance once the details have been confirmed.