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Published on Wednesday 19 January 2022

A popular route for cyclists and pedestrians in Poole will benefit from major improvements this year.

The busy waterside path from Turks Lane to the sluice gate at Whitecliff will be widened to create a safer and separated cycleway and footpath; enhancing the experience of the many residents who use it every day to get to work, school or for leisure.

Last year BCP Council ran a public consultation on plans to create a safer environment for those cycling or walking this route. Over three-quarters of respondents agreed with the improvements. The council listened to views expressed and has amended the positioning of the cycle route and the nature of the separation with the footpath.

Funding for the project has now been received, with work beginning this spring.

Councillor Mike Greene, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability said: "The large response from residents shows that they welcome an easier and safer route through this beautiful stretch of Poole’s waterside, and I am delighted that it will be improved this summer.

This is only part one of the sustainable travel plans we have for this area. We’re also working to secure funding approval for a second phase of improvements, which will continue through to Baiter Park and link with the wider cycle network and towards the town."

National Cycle Routes 2 and 25 both run along sections of the BCP area’s coastline. The upgraded cycleway at Whitecliff and Baiter will provide a connection between the two at the edge of Poole Harbour.

This initiative will complement BCP Council’s wider Transforming Travel programme and declared climate and ecological emergency. It will also support the council Big Plan ambitions for improving local travel and creating an environment where the use of public transport, cycling and walking become more attractive travel choices.

See the latest visual map and details about the consultation here.

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