Aiming to improve safety and encourage more sustainable travel, work on the new Boundary Roundabout improvement scheme in Bournemouth will begin next week with completion in Spring 2021.
From Monday 29 June, Boundary Road will be closed for approximately 10 weeks. Road users travelling along Wallisdown Road will be redirected via a two-way system on the southern side of Boundary Roundabout.
The section of Talbot Avenue between Boundary and Talbot Roundabouts will be reduced from four lanes to two.
By closing Boundary Road we have been able to increase the number of resources on site, reduce the overall impact on the highway network and maintain the traffic flow along Wallisdown Road.
Council Leader Vikki Slade, said:
“We are keen to progress with these essential works as soon as possible and while traffic levels have not yet fully returned to their pre Covid-19 levels. As a location that has been especially problematic, this scheme will deliver safer facilities for residents, especially pedestrians and cyclists. Over the long term it will also encourage the use of greener, healthier and environmentally friendly modes of transport between our towns.
“Ahead of the closures I encourage people to plan ahead, allow extra time for their journeys or to make use of our local Beryl Bike share scheme.’’
The works involve making the roundabout safer by replacing it with a new smaller roundabout to encourage lower traffic speeds, increased accessibility for people on foot and bike by introducing toucan crossings on the Wallisdown Road and Boundary Road arms and relocating the existing crossing on Talbot Avenue, closer to the roundabout. All the measures together will help reduce the large number of cycle collisions that have occurred in the area.
These works are being funded by a £1.6m Local Growth Fund investment from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (Dorset LEP) together with £313,400 from BCP Council.
For more information and to view details plans for Boundary Roundabout, please visit: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/boundaryroundabout
To download the Beryl app, please visit: www.beryl.cc/bikeshare