Hurn Road is likely to see an increase in traffic when the project to rebuild the Spur Road gets underway from September 6.
To ensure it can cope with extra vehicles, work is needed to widen a “pinch point” between the junction with Hillside Drive and the southbound Blackwater junction.
By widening the carriageway 1.4m, drivers heading north along Hurn Road toward the airport or wanting to take the A338 northbound, will be able to pass drivers waiting to turn right onto the southbound A338.
Cllr Margaret Phipps, county councillor for the area, said: “This small section of widening will make a big difference to drivers using this junction.
“There is never an ideal time to carry out this type of work but it’s essential that it is finished before the A338 major scheme starts in September, when this route will no doubt become busier.”
There will be “some carriageway incursion” as the works are carried out, DCC says. There are already delays due to Stop/Go boards near the roundabout on Hurn Road.
The £22m scheme, funded by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, will see the A338 Spur Road completely rebuilt between Ashley Heath roundabout and Blackwater Junction.The work will be carried out in phases between September 6 and May 31, 2016. The Spur Road will remain open but work will be carried out on one side of the carriageway at a time, with 40mph contraflows in place on the other side.
Work has started to widen the M3 motorway by converting the hard shoulder to a fourth lane.
The project will add an extra lane in both directions along a 13.4-mile route between junctions 2 and 4a through Hampshire and Surrey up to the M25.
Three lanes will be kept open in daytime hours during the work but night working will also be required.
The bulk of the project, which will cost between £138m and £198m, should be completed by the end of 2016.
The first phase got under way earlier with cones being put along the eastbound carriageway from junctions 4 to 4a.
The roadworks are predominately taking place from Monday to Friday, although occasional weekend work may be needed.
The Highways Agency has reassured motorists that when the hard shoulder comes into use refuge areas will be set up at various points in the event of breakdowns.
CCTV operators will also be trained to spot problems and close lanes to allow emergency access.
From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. If you have a tax disc with any months left to run after this date, then it can be removed from the vehicle windscreen and destroyed. This includes customers with a Northern Ireland address, however they will still need to display their MoT disc.
What this means to you
To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get vehicle tax and DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax.
Buying a vehicle
From 1 October, when you buy a vehicle, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. You will need to get new vehicle tax before you can use the vehicle.
You can tax the vehicle using the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C) online or by using our automated phone service – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit a Post Office® branch.
Selling a vehicle
If you sell a vehicle after 1 October and you have notified DVLA, you will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.
Vehicle tax refunds
You will no longer need to make a separate application for a refund of vehicle tax. DVLA will automatically issue a refund when a notification is received from the person named on DVLA vehicle register that the:
- vehicle has been sold or transferred
- vehicle has been scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility
- vehicle has been exported
- vehicle has been removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
- person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class
Paying vehicle tax by Direct Debit
From 1 October 2014 (5 October if setting up at a Post Office®), Direct Debit will be offered as an additional way to pay for vehicle tax. This will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from 1 November 2014:
- 6 monthly
- monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis)
Provided an MOT remains valid, the payments will continue automatically until you tell DVLA to stop taking them or you cancel the Direct Debit with your bank. Valid insurance should also be in place for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland.
The Direct Debit will be cancelled and payments automatically stopped when you tell DVLA that you no longer have the vehicle, or the vehicle has been taken off the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made.
When the Direct Debit scheme can’t be used
Paying by Direct Debit will not be available to:
- first registration vehicles
- fleet schemes
- HGVs that pay the Road User Levy (all other HGVs can pay by Direct Debit)