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Wimborne Road, Poole

Wimborne Road Proposed Walking and Cycling Improvements

Work on walking, cycling and bus improvements along Wimborne Road, between Denmark Lane and the New Inn junction is underway. It forms part of TCF’s 7km sustainable travel route between Poole town centre and Merley, Poole.

Wimborne Road CGI
An artist's impression: Wimborne Road, Poole (looking north, at the junction with Tatnam Road and Garland Road).

What's being built:

Improvements along Wimborne Road between Serpentine Road and Kings Close (up to the New Inn junction) include:

  • Improving the Serpentine Road roundabout with three new parallel crossings on raised tables, with footways converted to shared use for both pedestrians and cyclists
  • Installing new cycle lanes on both sides of Wimborne Road between Heckford Road and New Inn junction, protected from the carriageway by a kerb with raised table priority over adjoining roads. All parking will be removed along the western side of the road between Tatnam Road and New Inn junction to provide the space for the cycle lanes
  • Installing a new uncontrolled crossing point with tactile paving and dropped kerbs at St Margaret’s Road. The dedicated right-turn lane on Wimborne Road will be removed, but right-turn movements into St Margaret’s Road will still be possible
  • Upgrading the Tatnam Road/Garland Road junction, with raised table parallel crossings over the adjoining roads and toucan crossings installed to the south and north of the junction. The dedicated right-turn lanes on Wimborne Road will be removed, but right-turn movements into Tatnam Road and Garland Road will still be possible
  • Installing a new zebra crossing on Garland Road
  • Installing a new pedestrian crossing just north of Sherrin Close/Winterbourne Road junction
  • Introducing shared space at bus stops, with five stops being slightly relocated

Click here to view the design plan.

Improvements at the New Inn junction on Wimborne Road:

The Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) at the southern end of Darbys Lane was made permanent in February 2022, allowing the design of the New Inn junction to progress.  The plans include:  

  • Dedicated space for cyclists linking to/from Darbys Lane, new crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists, traffic signal upgrades, and barriers removed for cyclists accessing Mellstock Road
  • Widening pavements and converting them to shared use, providing more space for people cycling and walking around the junction
  • Left turns from Fernside Road into Wimborne Road will be banned, subject to the outcome of a Traffic Regulation Order, and the dedicated turning lane removed to provide space for the new crossings.

Click here to view the design plans

What are we going to do and when:

Construction along Wimborne Road started on 16 May 2022  and is being undertaken in sections.

The first phase of work will focus on improvements along Wimborne Road between Serpentine Road and Kings Close with completion anticipated for the end of November 2022.

The installation of the new cycle lanes on both sides of Wimborne Road between Heckford Road and New Inn junction is scheduled to start next year.

Work at the New Inn junction on Wimborne Road is scheduled for 2023.

Traffic management:

Temporary four-way temporary traffic lights are currently in place at the Serpentine Road roundabout.  Traffic disruption is anticipated, please allow extra time for journeys.

This page will be updated with the latest traffic management and project information; affected businesses and residents will be informed around two weeks beforehand. You can stay up to date with the latest news by signing up to our TCF newsletter and following us on social media.

Public Consultation

Public consultation on these plans was undertaken 24 February to 31 March 2021. All responses were analysed and helped shape the final scheme designs and a report summarising the results of consultation published in addition to our responses to the issues raised.  A public information event about the Wimborne Road scheme was held in November 2021. 


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