Wimborne Road, Ferndown
Cycling, Walking and Bus Infrastructure Improvements
Work on new cycle, walking and bus infrastructure improvements on Wimborne Road East and West in Ferndown between Canford Bottom and Trickett’s Cross roundabouts has now started with construction work taking place on the first phase runing between the Canford Bottom Roundabout and the Cobham Road junction / entrance to Ferndown Industrial Estate.
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What is being built
4.3km of new cycle and walking improvements along Wimborne Road East and West in Ferndown, between Canford Bottom and Trickett’s Cross Roundabouts.
The improvements also include new pedestrian and cycle crossings, junction improvements and bus route infrastructure upgrades. The works form part of the Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne route.
What are we going to do
The work is being carried out by Hanson Contracting on behalf of Dorset Council and full details of the project plan can be seen here.
This project will be broken down into three phases:
Phase 1: 1.5km section of Wimborne Road West from Canford Bottom Roundabout to Cobham Road. Work started in early March 2022 and is due to complete in autumn 2022. Click here to view the design plan.
Phase 2: Covers the section of Wimborne Road East between Trickett’s Cross Roundabout and West Moors Road. Work is due to start at the end of March 2022. Click here to view the design plan.
- Building a combination of new shared use and segregated cycling and pedestrian lanes along the length of Wimborne Road West and East.
- Upgrading key bus stops along the route with new shelters and raised curbs for easier access along with real-time service information boards.
- Improved junctions along the length of the road including a re-designed junction at Cobham Road. The dedicated left turn lane will remain in place.
- New crossings including segregated cycle and pedestrian crossings.
- Improved wayfinding signage for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users.
Phase 3: Links the two above sections of Wimborne Road West and East from Cobham Road to West Moors Road with an estimated start in autumn of 2022. Design work is ongoing and further information will be available at a later date.
Working in synergy to reduce traffic disruption:
Dorset Council will also be working together with Southern Gas Networks (SGN) on this project, who will be replacing a gas main between Uddens Drive and Cobham Road at the same time. This will combine the projects and ensure traffic disruption is reduced as much as possible.
During these works there will be a need for traffic control measures, including lane closures and diversions, though the whole road will not need to be closed. These will include:
- A temporary lane closure on Wimborne Road West (eastbound) for 300m from Canford Bottom roundabout. The lane closure will commence on 7 March 2022 until 25 March 2022. The westbound lane will remain open.
- A temporary lane closure on Wimborne Road East (westbound) for 300m from Trickett’s Cross roundabout. The lane closure will commence on 28 March 2022 until 14 April 2022. The eastbound lane will remain open.
- For both of these lane closures, a diversion will be in place along the A31 between the Palmersford Roundabout and the Canford Bottom Roundabout. (See the maps below for details)
Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran 10 May to 14 June 2021. All responses were analysed and helped shape the final scheme designs.
A report summarising the results of consultation for the Canford Bottom Roundabout – Cobham Road route is available here and for the West Moors Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout route here.
A ‘responses to consultation’ report for the Canford Bottom Roundabout – Cobham Road route is available here and for the West Moors Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout route here.
Reports for the Cobham Road - West Moors Road route will be published once design plans have been finalised.