Mountbatten roundabout – West Howe roundabout
Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne
On this section it has now been confirmed that we are planning to introduce a new signalled crossing point located by the footpath leading to St Georges Drive, making the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The speed limit on this section of Ringwood Road has been reduced to 30 mph to improve safety and traffic signal improvements at Mountbatten Roundabout have been introduced to help improve bus journey times.
Further funding will need to be secured to enable the rest of the section to go ahead.
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.
Click here to read the full announcement
The proposals put forward as part of the 2021 public consultation included:
- A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road between High Howe Lane and Dominion Road
- Changes to traffic signal timings at the Mountbatten Roundabout to improve bus journey times
- The existing path behind Turbary Retail Park, connecting Wallisdown Road and Turbary Park Avenue, would be converted to shared use
- The existing footways upgraded to shared use on both sides of Ringwood Road between Mountbatten Roundabout and St Georges Drive
- More priority for cyclists and pedestrians travelling at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
- A new toucan crossing on Ringwood Road, near the Paddington Grove junction, connecting to the upgraded shared use path on the western side
- A lower speed limit of 30 mph between the two roundabouts
- Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
- New planting installed at the junction of Dominion Road and the access road into Lidl, preventing vehicle movements. Vehicle access would remain into Lidl from Poole Lane
- The existing footway between Dominion Road and West Howe Roundabout would be converted to shared space, connecting into a new parallel crossing on High Howe Lane and existing facilities around the roundabout
View the proposed design plan here.
Public consultation for sustainable travel plans was undertaken in spring 2021 and responses are available here.