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Kings Park Cycle and Walking Improvements

Kings Park, Bournemouth

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Click here to view the design plan.

What is happening

Improved greener travel options linking Bournemouth and Christchurch with the installation of new and upgraded cycle paths and footpaths though Kings Park started in July 2021.

It forms part of an 8km sustainable travel route between Bournemouth railway station and Jumpers Common in Christchurch that will connect key residential and employment areas including Bournemouth town centre, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, the Law Courts, JP Morgan, Wessex Fields and the Littledown Centre.

What we are doing

The work is being carried out in three phases.

Phase one (end July to early September 2021) - Harewood Avenue: complete

  • Installation of a new, raised toucan crossing on Harewood Avenue near the roundabout links the cycle and walking path and provides dedicated space for pedestrians and cyclists. The existing toucan crossing and speed cushions further south east on Harewood Avenue have been removed.
  • Extension of the 20mph zone covering all arms of the roundabout onto Harewood Avenue, Littledown Avenue and Harewood Crescent.

Phase two (November 2021 to September 2022) - Ashley Road to Harewood Avenue

Will include:

  • A new, separate cycle path will be installed next to the existing footpath between the Vitality Stadium and Harewood Avenue. This will create a 2m wide footpath and a 3m wide two-way cycle path, separated by an area of wildflower planting where space allows
  • A new separate 3m wide two-way cycle path and 2m wide footpath separated by an area of wildflower planting will be installed alongside Kings Park Bowling Green
  • Improved cycle and walking facility alongside the car park by the Vitality Stadium
  • A new informal raised crossing will be installed over Kings Park Drive between the car park at the Vitality Stadium and Kings Park Bowling Green to slow traffic and provide a safer area for pedestrians to cross
  • Improvements to existing lighting and installation of new lighting through the park to improve safety and security
  • New wayfinding signage
  • Disabled parking spaces will be relocated from the eastern side of the cricket pavilion and café to the Ashley Road side of the building.  This will allow space for the construction of a new improved access ramp to the cricket pavilion and café
  • Installation of new larger raised crossing, improved pedestrian facilities and cycle parking facilities outside the café
  • Changing some parking bay locations on Kings Park Drive to create safe access along the new cycle track.  Bollards will be installed on the existing line-marked cycle lane on King’s Park Drive to prevent vehicles from parking within it

Phase three (estimated start/completion dates summer 2022 to winter 2022) - Harewood Avenue to Sevenoaks Drive

Will include:

  • Improvements to the existing shared use cycle and walking path between Kings Park and Cowell Drive, including widening where required, and vegetation clearance

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    Other existing cycle and walking paths on the eastern side of Kings Park will be widened and resurfaced

  • Upgrading existing lighting and installing new lighting to improve safety and security

Public consultation

Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran 24 February to 31 March this year. A report summarising the results is available here and the response to issues raised is here. There was overall support for the plans with more than two thirds of respondents (67%) agreeing with the proposed changes. The plans for separate cycling and walking paths were particularly popular.  All responses were analysed and helped shape the final scheme designs.

For more information on the Bournemouth railway station and Jumpers Common in Christchurch click here.

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