Construction of the first phase of sustainable travel improvements between Gravel Hill and Bear Cross Roundabout is set to start along Queen Anne Drive on 9 August. The work, due to complete in December 2021, includes:
- Widening the existing shared use path between Montacute Way and Merley Lane on the north side of Queen Anne Drive
- Junction improvements where Queen Anne Drive meets Rempstone Road, Montacute Way, Lynwood Drive and Merley Lane to enable safer, prioritised crossing points for people walking and cycling
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. Work will be carried out in phases so only one junction is affected by temporary traffic signals at any one time.
The work, paid for through BCP and Dorset councils’ Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) grant, forms part of a new 13km green travel route that will link north Poole with Christchurch. It includes major bus, cycling and walking improvements all aimed at enabling people to make greener, healthier journeys where possible.
Cllr Mike Greene, BCP Council’s portfolio holder for transport and sustainability said:
“I am pleased to see the start of green travel improvements along Queen Anne Drive which marks another key milestone in the rollout of our plans to provide much-needed, climate friendly ways of getting around locally.
“We anticipate minor disruption to traffic during this work phase and thank everyone in advance for their patience while we build a greener, healthier, better-connected region.”
You can find more information about the Gravel Hill to Bear Cross Roundabout Transforming Cities Fund project by visiting our project page or go to www.transformingtravel.com for information about the whole TCF programme.