Major transport improvements planned for Wallisdown Road

Posted on Tuesday 13 August 2019

On Monday 19 August, improvement works will start at Wallisdown Road for stage one of the Wallisdown Improvement Works.

As part of BCP Council’s on-going commitment to improve transport links across Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, the proposed improvements form part of BCP Council’s Local Transport Plan and will bring about easier, safer and more attractive travel options for those travelling in and around Wallisdown Road.

With 24,000 vehicles using Wallisdown Road daily, this is a key commuter route. Last year more than 3,000 people had their say on current travel issues in the area, with responses highlighting the need for improved road condition, new cycle routes, improvements to pedestrian access and bus facilities.

The improvements starting on 19 August will take approximately five months and will include:

  • Widening of the existing southern footway to 4m to provide a shared cycle facility.
  • Resurfacing of the footways.
  • Installation of two new crossings and the upgrade of two existing pedestrian crossings.
  • Improved bus laybys and waiting facilities.
  • Preparatory works for carriageway resurfacing

During this time the road will remain open with traffic signals in place at times.

The Council is also developing a programme of work which will see future improvements take place at Boundary Roundabout and Wallisdown Crossroads. Both schemes are currently being worked into design options and will be launched later in the year with construction planned for April 2020.

Councillor Andy Hadley, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport and Infrastructure commented:

“BCP Council is committed to improving the roads and transport links across all three towns. Wallisdown Road is one of the main routes connecting our area and the surface is worn out. it is vital that we undertake these works to ease traffic flow and provide enhanced bus and cycle links and pedestrian paths, catering for all who use it. These initial improvements will start an important programme of works, creating a more accessible route for the future.”

The improvements are being funded through additional government funding from the Local Transport Plan (LTP) capital programme, the National Productivity Investment Fund and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Fund.

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