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Gravel Hill to Bear Cross Roundabout, Poole

A series of bus, cycling and walking improvements are under construction in north Poole between Gravel Hill and Bear Cross Roundabout.

"I’m delighted we’ve been able to support this project, which is an exciting step forward in our bid to increase the number of journeys made by sustainable modes of transport in South East Dorset. It will level up the transport in the area by making journeys quicker, easier and greener."

- Transport Minister Baroness Vere

Artists impression of the Magna Road improvements - looking east towards King John Avenue junction. Magna Road looking east towards King John Avenue junction final design

The work, which forms part of a 13km long green travel route eventually linking Merley, Poole with Christchurch, includes major bus, cycling and walking improvements including new bus shelters, bus stop location upgrades, toucan crossings, walking and cycling paths, new and improved junctions and reduced speed limits.

What is happening:

The work is being undertaken in five phases:

Phase one - Gravel Hill to Merley Lane (Queen Anne Drive): complete

The new improvements include:

  •  A new, wider shared use path between Remstone Road and Merley Lane on the north side of Queen Anne Drive.
  • Junction improvements where Queen Anne Drive meets Rempstone Road, Montacute Way, Lynwood Drive and Merley Lane with safer crossing points for people walking and cycling.
  • Refurbished and improved bus shelters with raised access to make it easier to get on and off buses.

Jess and Abi cycling

View the design plan here 

Phase two (currently underway with estimated completion of April 2022) - Merley Lane to Canford Arena Way junction, Magna Road

View the design plan here

  • Junction improvements will be made at the entrance into Hamworthy Club giving more priority to pedestrians and cyclists across the access road.
  • A new 3m-wide shared use path will be installed on the north side of Magna Road between the Hamworthy Club and Canford Arena Way junction (by the Canford Magna Garden Centre).
  • Improvements to the Canford Arena Way junction, including a new toucan crossing over the access road into Canford Magna Garden Centre.

Phase three (estimated start/completion to be confirmed) - Merley Lane to Canford Magna

View the design plan here

  • A new shared walking/cycling path will be constructed on the north side of Queen Anne Drive between Merley Lane and Canford Magna.
  • New toucan crossings and traffic signals will be installed at the Canford Magna junction with Queen Anne Drive/Magna Road.

Phase four (estimated start/completion to be confirmed) - Canford Arena Way junction to Wood Lane. 

Following public consultation, the existing right-hand turn lane for traffic from Magna Road into King John Avenue will be retained. 

View the design plan here

  • A new protected cycle track will be installed on both sides of Magna Road between Knighton Lane and Wood Lane, with a small section of shared use path between the junction and Wheelers Road on the south side.
  • The existing footway on the north side of Magna Road between Canford Arena Way junction and Knighton Lane will be converted to a new shared cycling / walking path and the existing shared path on the south side of Magna Road will be widened, creating more space for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • A new crossing point will be installed to the east of King John Avenue.
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph along Magna Road, between the Knighton Lane junction and just east of King John Avenue.
  • Junction layouts will be revised where Magna Road meets King John Avenue, Wood Lane and Lea Way, giving more priority to people walking and cycling over the adjoining roads (subject to planning development).
  • The existing crossing near Lea Way will be upgraded to a toucan crossing point (subject to planning development).
  • Bus stop locations will be upgraded along the route, including accessibility improvements, new bus shelters and real-time information.

Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran from 10 May to 14 June this year. Reports summarising the results are available via the links below:

The work forms part of the 13km Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch sustainable travel route.

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