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Leigh Road / Wimborne Road West (between Canford Bottom roundabout and Brook Road)

Project Complete

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Work to build new sustainable transport infrastructure on Wimborne Road West and Leigh Road (between the Candford Bottom roundabout and the junction with Brook Road), has now been completed and the 2.3km stretch of new walking and cycle paths and crossings are open and ready for use.

It is the first project to be completed as part of Dorset and BCP councils’ Transforming Cities Fund’ programme, which includes a 78km network of new walking and cycling routes and bus improvements being rolled out across south east Dorset.

Left to right: Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment (Dorset Council); Charlotte Sullivan, Bike IT Plus Officer (Sustrans) and local resident and runner Mike Carhart-HarrisLeigh Rd Completion group

The sustainable travel project forms part of the 27km green travel route connecting Wimborne and Ferndown with Poole town centre, and provides direct links to key employment, retail and education sites including Ferndown & Uddens Industrial Estate, Newtown Business Park, Turbary Retail Park, West Howe Industrial Estate, Tower Park, Poole Hospital, Bournemouth and Poole College and several local primary and secondary schools.

The improvements include:

  • New, continuous 2.3km footpaths and cycle lanes from the Canford Bottom roundabout to the junction with Brook Road. Some sections have one-way cycle lanes either side of the road, and other sections have a two-way cycle lane on one side of the road.
  • Three new crossings, two of which are parallel crossings that allow both pedestrians and cyclists to cross at the same time.
  • Significant improvements made to the bus stops along the road with raised curbs to help with access to buses.
  • A reduction in the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph to make the road safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Junction improvements along Leigh Road giving priority to people walking and cycling around the area.
  • The resurfacing of the entire road from Canford Bottom Roundabout to the Brook Road Junction with all potholes filled and repaired.
  • Wildflower seeding and planting including new trees.

More information about this completed work can be found here.

Before and After image of Wimbourne Road West in Colehill, looking west.2 Leigh Road B&A

Before and After image near Hayes Lane Junction on Wimbourne Road West.

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Before and after image of the new parallel crossing and cycle lanes near the junction with Hayes Lane and Wimborne Road West in Colehill.

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The whole Leigh Road - Wimborne Road West scheme has been largely funded through central government’s south east Dorset Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), but has also been supplemented by a £500,000 grant from the Department for Transport through walking and cycling charity Sustrans’ Paths for Everyone programme and further money from the councils and local transport and business organisations.

Work still to be done

A short section of the walking and cycle paths on both sides of Leigh Road at the junction with Lonsdale Road will be completed later this year. The developer is constructing a new signal-controlled junction at this location, which will form the entrance to its Quarter Jack Park development. This work will complete these final sections and will provide safe crossing points over both Leigh Road and Lonsdale Road.

Visit Dorset Council's Leigh Road project information page for further information about the programme of improvements along Leigh Road and Wimborne Road West.


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