A31 Ringwood road widening

Widening the A31 to 3 lanes at Ringwood, between the A31 junction for Ringwood town centre, the B3347 Mansfield Road and the B3081 Verwood Underpass.

Region:  South East
Start date:  2020-21
Cost:  ¬£12 to 13.5 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC

Progress report

Between June and August 2017 we consulted on an option for the A31 Ringwood improvements scheme. We put forward an option (Option 1) which included the following:

  • Increase the width of the A31 from two lanes to three lanes on the westbound carriageway between the Ringwood and Verwood junctions (approximately 1km)
  • Increase the width of the two bridges over the River Avon and Bickerley Millstream to accommodate the westbound third lane
  • The West Street junction with the A31 is closed to motorised vehicles
  • The Fish Inn Pub entry/exit to the A31 is closed to motorised vehicles
  • The Petrol Filling Station remains open
  • The existing cycle/foot path adjacent to the A31 will be improved
  • Collaborate with Ringwood Town Council to assist delivery of the local Town Access Plan

We asked for comments and views on the different elements of this proposal and whether the justifications for rejecting two other options (Options 2 and 3) were understood.

Following an in depth analysis of the of the work done to date as well as your feedback, we will proceed with developing Option 1, with the key concerns raised at consultation being further considered in the next stages of the scheme design and development.

For more information on the preferred route announcement and to view a copy of the reports, go to our consultation page.

What next?

We will commence the design stages and the scheme will be taken through the necessary planning and statutory procedures.

We will continue to work closely with our stakeholders, including with the local authorities to identify improvements within Ringwood Town Centre, which may be delivered in conjunction with the A31 scheme.


Date Event
Winter 2017 Consideration of improvements to Ringwood Town centre
Spring 2021 Start of works
2022 Open to traffic

Why we need this scheme

The A31 is an important route between Bournemouth and the Southern Coast. It experiences delays at peak times. This is caused by a high volume of traffic and by the number of junctions that are close together. The route also experiences heavy seasonal congestion during the summer months, particularly during the August Bank Holiday weekend.


This scheme will:
  • increase capacity for local traffic using the A31 to cross the River Avon, meaning fewer delays and more reliable journeys
  • provide improvements for pedestrians
  • improve safety at the junction of West Street with the A31
  • provide the infrastructure to support growth plans, employment opportunities and housing

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A31 eastbound between the A350 and the junction with the A349 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 4:04 am
Location : The A31 eastbound between the junctions with the A348 and the A338 South. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 12 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:10 pm


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