Christchurch Relief Road – Options Assessment 2016

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Dorset County Council have commissioned WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to undertake an Options
Assessment Report (OAR) which considers options for improvements to help relieve congestion,
support economic growth and improve connectivity through and within Christchurch. Historically,
four bypass/relief road options for the town have been considered to help relieve congestion and
combat other associated issues on the A35 and B3073 through Christchurch.

In October 2011 Dorset County Council considered the current status of a proposed Relief Road.
It was said to be undeliverable within their Local Transport Plan period 2011 to 2026, due to many
reasons including cost and environmental impact. Nonetheless, the 2014 adopted Christchurch
and East Dorset Local Plan Part 1 – Core Strategy states that “Christchurch Borough Council will
continue to press for the development of options for long term solutions to the town’s traffic
problems beyond the plan period, including the possible future provision of a by-pass, subject to
any options proposed at the time meeting the necessary local and national policy requirements.”
This OAR therefore reconsiders the four historic bypass options alongside other potential
improvement options within the current physical, strategic and economic context. A high level
approach to assessment has been taken which broadly follows the process for option
development as defined by WebTAG, and DfT guidance on The Transport Business Case

Final Issue
Public Document
Project no: 70017901
Date: May 2016

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