WORK to install crossing points across a busy Weymouth road is due to start tomorrow.

Dorset County Council will construct two pedestrian islands on Preston Road as part of a range of improvements that were identified as part of the Weymouth Relief Road project. The council says the scheme is intended to ‘improve facilities for pedestrians and reduce traffic speeds for the benefit of local residents and visitors’.

The work will take three weeks to complete. Traffic lights or stop and go boards may be used to control traffic outside of peak times. The islands are being created just before and just after the Melstock Avenue turning.

Other works that have already been carried out as part of this scheme include the mini roundabout at Overcombe Corner and surfacing of a footpath linking Elm Close play area with Overcombe car park.

The Preston Road works are funded through the Weymouth Relief Road scheme and are costing £15,000.

County councillor for the area David Mannings said: “I am very pleased that two islands are to be erected on Preston Road, especially as it will provide a safe crossing for persons to get to the bus lay-by at Squires Knapp.”