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Longfield Drive - Kinson roundabout

Merley, Poole to Christchurch

This section is currently on hold until further funding has been secured, following a national review by the Department for Transport of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme.

Rising construction, labour and fuel costs, growing inflation and changes to national design standards for cycling infrastructure mean south east Dorset’s original TCF budget, awarded pre-pandemic in March 2020, is no longer sufficient to build the entire network of cycle, walking and bus improvements planned across the region. 

Priority has been given to TCF schemes that link into existing sustainable travel infrastructure, providing an immediate interim level of connectivity and more continuous travel routes.

2021 proposals: 

  • A new two-way cycle track running through the verge on the northern side of Wimborne Road continues from Bear Cross Roundabout, joining the one-way cycle track at Durdells Avenue
  • A new one-way cycle-track installed on both sides of Wimborne Road, between Durdells Avenue and Home Road
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Wimborne Road and adjoining roads
  • Changes to the road layout to provide space for the cycle track, including the removal of dedicated right-turn filter lanes and central hatchings between Tonge Road and Poole Lane. Vehicles will still be able to turn right at these locations
  • Upgrades to existing crossings points along route
  • Three bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • New planting at the junction of Wimborne Road and Oxford Lane, preventing access for vehicles. Access for cyclists and pedestrians would not be affected
  • Parking and loading restrictions introduced between Oxford Lane and Poole Lane

Opportunities for improvements to bus journey times and cycling/walking facilities between Poole Lane and Horsham Avenue are being explored and would be subject to further consultation.

View the proposed design plan here.

Public consultation on the proposals was undertaken 10 May to 14 June 2021 and a report summarising the results is available here.

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