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Published on Wednesday 19 July 2023

TCF overview map July 2023

Following a national review by the Department for Transport of the 12 city regions that received a share of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), an updated programme of sustainable travel improvements that will be funded through south east Dorset’s TCF programme has been approved and published.

BCP Council and Dorset Council’s ambition to build a fully connected network of six sustainable travel routes across south east Dorset remains. However, as reported at the start of 2023, rising construction, labour and fuel costs, growing inflation and changes to national design standards for cycling infrastructure mean south east Dorset’s original TCF budget, awarded pre-pandemic in March 2020, is no longer sufficient to build the entire network of cycle, walking and bus improvements planned across the region. No additional funding from the UK Government is available to cover the impact of these unforeseen cost increases.

Details of the revised programme of schemes that will continue to be constructed and funded through south east Dorset’s TCF can be viewed on the attached map and also available online. Priority has been given to TCF schemes that link into existing sustainable travel infrastructure, providing an immediate level of connectivity and more continuous travel routes. The map also details the schemes that will be funded through other sources or deferred until further funding has been secured.

Locations where TCF funded sustainable travel improvements are planned to start later this year or early 2024 include:

Safer crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists are also planned at:

The River Stour crossing linking Redhill roundabout (Bournemouth) to the airport (and onto Ferndown) will be developed to planning permission stage to progress the scheme.

TCF funded sustainable travel schemes are currently under construction at:

TCF funded sustainable travel schemes that have already been constructed include:

In addition to these schemes, the TCF programme has also funded:

  • The expansion of the Beryl Bike rental service into Christchurch, Wimborne, Colehill, West Parley, West Moors and Ferndown
  • £214,000 worth of trip end facility grants for schools to encourage healthy and eco-friendly journeys to school. This has included new lockable bike and scooter racks, electric bike chargers, showers, changing and locker facilities, bike repair stands and static tyre pumps
  • £115,000 worth of trip end facility grants for businesses to spend on new workplace facilities that encourage employees to cycle or adopt sustainable travel to work
  • 40 new wayfinding totems across Poole and Christchurch town centres to encourage residents and visitors to explore the area by foot, wheel and bike.

Initial design plans for the deferred sections of the six sustainable travel routes across south east Dorset have been prepared and undergone public consultation. These sections remain a priority for BCP Council and Dorset Council and will be progressed in future years when additional funding becomes available.

Marc Griffin, TCF programme manager for south east Dorset’s Transforming Cities Fund programme, said:

"We are proud of our track record to date planning and building sustainable travel improvements funded through the Transforming Cities Fund despite the impact of the global pandemic and the unforeseen cost of living crisis hugely inflating costs. With work well underway on all six sustainable travel routes we are pleased to have our revised plans approved by the Department for Transport. Our efforts are now focused on building these important walking, wheeling, cycling and bus improvements that provide people with safe, active and eco-friendly ways of getting around locally. We are committed to our original ambition of creating a fully connected network of sustainable travel routes across south east Dorset and are actively working to secure additional funding to facilitate this."

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