Whitelegg Way Bournemouth
A series of walking, cycling and bus improvements are underway along Whitelegg Way, Bournemouth between Redhill and Northbourne roundabouts. They form part of the 13 km sustainable travel route between Merley (Poole) and Christchurch to enable more sustainable journeys and expand the travel choices available to people living and working in the area.
- A new, dedicated (segregated from traffic) 850m cycle track along both sides of Whitelegg Way between Redhill roundabout and Northbourne roundabout providing a protected route for cyclists
- Reducing the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph along Whitelegg Way to make the road safer for drivers and cyclists
- Upgrading and relocating the existing crossing closer to Northbourne Roundabout with new walking and cycling links into Wimborne Road.
- Upgrading the street lighting.
- Resurfacing the carriageway.
- Upgrading the traffic signs.
- A 4-metre-wide toucan crossing across Whitelegg Way close to Redhill roundabout.
- A raised table crossing – a traffic calming measure – across the junction where Old Road (east side of Wimborne Road) meets Whitelegg Way. This includes new shared use paths across adjoining side roads, with new shared use paths to allow eastbound cyclists access to the road.
- New cycle and walking paths either side of Whitelegg Way from Redhill Roundabout up to Wimborne Road slip road.
- Removal of the left-turn from Wimborne Road onto Whitelegg Way to reduce waiting times for buses, cars and cyclists. There will be a dedicated waiting space for cyclists at the junction, as well as a head start for cyclists before vehicles when lights turn green.
- New bus stop shelters and real time information displays along Wimborne Road slip road.
How and when will the work be carried out?
Work on the construction of the new sustainable transport infrastructure began on 17th May 2021 and is due to complete in March 2022. During the construction it will be necessary for temporary traffic management measures to be put in place:
17 May to autumn 2021:
29 November 2021 to 11 March 2022:
Why is Whitelegg Way being used for the Cycle Route?
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. Overall the proposals were well-received with broad public support. A small number of responses questioned whether Wimborne Road could be used as the cycle route rather than Whitelegg Way.
Whitelegg Way is the preferred route as it offers a safe, direct route separated from traffic for people cycling along the Merley to/from Christchurch sustainable travel route. It reduces the number of crossings people cycling need to make at Northbourne roundabout and minimises the number of side road junctions, always a hazard for cyclists and motorists, between Whitelegg Way and Wimborne Road.
Wimborne Road is also the main bus route between Redhill roundabout and Northbourne roundabout with a number of bus stops. Where possible designers will separate the movement of people cycling from people joining or leaving a bus. By constructing cycle lanes on Whitelegg Way the movements between bus passengers and people cycling are fully separated.