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Final Aerial Pictures

November 10, 2011

The final set of aerial images for the Weymouth Relief Road is now available on our Flickr account.

The image above is looking west along the completed Littlemoor Road.

Over the next few months we will be carrying out remedial works and completing fencing and landscaping across the scheme.

As this will mark completion of construction of the relief road, we will no longer be regularly updating this blog. 

We hope you have found it informative and interesting.   Thanks for all your comments and feedback.  

For transport and travel news and advice in Weymouth and Portland, keep an eye on the Dorset Newsroom.

All questions and enquiries about the relief road can still be directed to Dorset Highways:

Phone: 01305 224394



Works finish on Littlemoor Road

November 3, 2011

This week has seen the completion of work on Littlemoor Road.

Thank you for the patience during the works.

Over the next few months we will be carrying out remedial works and completing fencing and landscaping across the scheme.

Celebration Cycle Ride

September 14, 2011

As part of this years European Mobility Week there is a celebration cycle ride to mark the completion of the new Weymouth to Dorchester cycle lane on Sunday 18 September.

Riders from Weymouth and Dorchester will meet at the Ridgeway for photographs and ribbon cutting, by the Mayors of the two towns.

  • Dorchester ride: Meet outside the main entrance to Dorchester Town Football Stadium at 11:15am for an 11.30am start and a leisurely 2 mile cycle ride up to the Ridgeway
  • Weymouth Ride: Meet outside the bus waiting area at Mount Pleasant Park & Ride at 11am for an 11:15 start and a leisurely 3 mile cycle ride up to the Ridgeway

Read the press release.

Road reclassification

May 11, 2011

 Traffic on the road at Ridgeway (large version)

With the relief road open, some roads in Weymouth have been reclassified.

Preston Road, Preston Beach Road and King Street are being reclassified as a B road. Strategic traffic from the east will be routed along the Littlemoor Road improvements – which will be classified as a continuation of the A353.

Dorchester Road will be unclassified between Stottingway Street and the Bincombe junction.

South of Stottingway Street– down to Westerhall –Dorchester Road will be a continuation of the B3159.

The new road numbering reflects the changes in how the main traffic will be directed into and through the town.

Upwey shuttle service

March 18, 2011

With Dorchester Road now closed at its northern end by the railway bridge, normal bus services have had to be suspended.

Dorset County Council is providing a free shuttle service for Upwey resdients which will link up with the bus services from Littlemoor.

The service will be every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday:

  • 7am – 12pm
  • 2pm – 7pm

A circular route will run between Elwell Street and Littlemoor.

For travel towards Dorchester please use the stop on the Littlemoor Road bridge.

For travel towards Weymouth please use the stop opposite the New Inn.

The service is being run by South West Coaches.


March 17, 2011

The main carriageway of the relief road opened today at 2.44pm.

Road opening first cars southbound (large version)

Road opening first cars southbound (large version)

Road opening first cars northbound (large version)

Traffic flowing on the new road, taken from Lorton Lane (large version)

The Ridgeway – 1962

March 17, 2011

To celebrate the opening of the Weymouth Relief Road and to say farewell to the old section of A354 that is to become a footpath, cycleway and bridleway, this short video has been uploaded.

With many thanks to Max Horton and the Dance family.

You’ll notice that there is no crawler lane as yet and there are few cars about.

Thursday 17 March

March 15, 2011

Ridgeway during earthworks and at opening (large version)

During the afternoon of Thursday 17 March the main carriageway of the Weymouth Relief Road will open to traffic.

There will be a brief delay on the A354 on the Ridgeway and at Manor Roundabout while the barriers are removed and traffic officers from Dorset Police lead drivers onto the new road.

Motorists are being urged to drive with extra care and attention while they get used to the new road layout.

Read the press release.

First roundabout opens

March 9, 2011

 New access to Bincombe (large version)

On Thursday 10 March traffic using Littlemoor Road will start to use the Bincombe Bumps Roundabout.

Drivers coming from Dorchester Road will pass over Littlemoor bridge and then go straight onto the new roundabout and take the third exit (right) back onto Littlemoor Road.Ican Lane access drawing (large version)

Also, from 12.30pm on Thursday, Icen Lane will be closed at the point where the relief road crosses it.

Vehicles and pedestrians coming from Bincombe or wanting to access Icen Farm from Dorchester Road will be directed to use Bincombe Bumps Roundabout and the new Icen Lane link road.

Temporary three-way traffic signals will still be in use at the east exit from the roundabout until the road tie-in work is complete.

Although the aerial image above is from January this year, it should give a good idea of how the road layout will change on Thursday.

Road opening – update

March 4, 2011

The earliest date that the main carriageway will open is Thursday 17 March.

This is the date the project team are currently on programme to hit.

However, the remaining work – such as surfacing and white lining – is weather dependent.

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