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Gravel Hill to Bear Cross Roundabout, Poole

Bus, cycling and walking improvements between Gravel Hill and Bear Cross Roundabout

"I’m delighted we’ve been able to support this project, which is an exciting step forward in our bid to increase the number of journeys made by sustainable modes of transport in South East Dorset. It will level up the transport in the area by making journeys quicker, easier and greener."

Transport Minister Baroness Vere

Magna Road looking east towards King John Avenue junction CGI. Magna Road looking east towards King John Avenue junction final design

Construction on south east Dorset’s latest sustainable travel route in north Poole between Gravel Hill and Bear Cross Roundabout is now underway.

The work, which forms part of a 13km long green travel route eventually linking Merley, Poole with Christchurch, includes major bus, cycling and walking improvements including new bus shelters, bus stop location upgrades, toucan crossings, walking and cycling paths, new and improved junctions and reduced speed limits.

What is happening:

The work will be undertaken in four phases:

Phase one (work started 16 August 2021; estimated completion date: December 2021) - Gravel Hill to Merley Lane (Queen Anne Drive)

View the design plan here 

  • The existing shared use path between Montacute Way and Merley Lane on the north side of Queen Anne Drive will be widened.
  • Junction layouts will be revised where Queen Anne Drive meets Rempstone Road, Montacute Way, Lynwood Drive and Merley Lane, giving more priority to people walking and cycling across the adjoining roads.
  • Most of the work will be carried out away from the carriageway and will not cause disruption to local traffic.
  • There will be a series of short term (lasting a maximum of one week) temporary traffic lights in operation during the junction improvement work which may cause minor traffic disruption.  This will involve temporary traffic lights being installed where Queen Anne Drive meets Rempstone Road, Montacute Way, Lynwood Drive and Merley Lane.

Phase two (estimated start/completion December 2021 to March 2022) - Merley Lane to Canford Arena Way junction, Magna Road 

View the design plan here

  • A new shared walking/cycling path will be installed on the north side of Queen Anne Drive between Merley Lane and Canford Magna.
  • New toucan crossings and traffic signals will be installed at the Canford Magna junction with Queen Anne Drive/Magna Road.
  • Junction improvements will be made at the entrance into Hamworthy Club giving more priority to pedestrians and cyclists across the access road.
  • A new 3m-wide shared use path will be installed on the north side of Magna Road between the Hamworthy Club and Canford Arena Way junction (by the Canford Magna Garden Centre).
  • Improvements to the Canford Arena Way junction, including a new toucan crossing over the access road into Canford Magna Garden Centre.

Phase three (estimated start/completion April to August 2022) - Canford Arena Way junction to Wood Lane. 

Following public consultation, the existing right-hand turn lane for traffic from Magna Road into King John Avenue will be retained. 

View the design plan here

  • A new protected cycle track will be installed on both sides of Magna Road between Knighton Lane and Wood Lane, with a small section of shared use path between the junction and Wheelers Road on the south side.
  • The existing footway on the north side of Magna Road between Canford Arena Way junction and Knighton Lane will be converted to a new shared cycling / walking path and the existing shared path on the south side of Magna Road will be widened, creating more space for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • A new crossing point will be installed to the east of King John Avenue.
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph along Magna Road, between the Knighton Lane junction and just east of King John Avenue.
  • Junction layouts will be revised where Magna Road meets King John Avenue, Wood Lane and Lea Way, giving more priority to people walking and cycling over the adjoining roads (subject to planning development).
  • The existing crossing near Lea Way will be upgraded to a toucan crossing point (subject to planning development).
  • Bus stop locations will be upgraded along the route, including accessibility improvements, new bus shelters and real-time information.

Phase four - Bear Cross Roundabout – proposed plans are currently under design and subject to final agreement following formal consultation review. Estimated start/completion September to December 2022. 

Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran from 10 May to 14 June this year. Reports summarising the results are available via the links below:

Phase one: Gravel Hill to Merley Lane 

Phase two: Merley Lane to Canford Arena Way

Phase three: Canford Arena Way junction to Wood Lane

The work forms part of the 13km Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch sustainable travel route.
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