Bournemouth town centre to/from Ferndown

The consultation has now closed on this route and we’ve published a report summarising the results. Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to have their say on the proposals.

As shown on the picture to the right, the route has been divided into eight sections, and we are working through comments on the proposals for each of these sections to help inform more detailed design development.

As the design work progresses, we will be publishing our responses to the themes that emerged through the consultation on a section-by-section basis. Our responses on the following sections can be found below, while our responses on themes relating to other sections will be published here as they become available.




The original proposals that we consulted on are retained below for reference.

Upper Gardens - proposals in this section include:

  • The existing cycle/footpath through the gardens widened and resurfaced, with lighting improvements
  • The existing footway on the eastern side of Prince of Wales Road and Queens Road widened, creating shared space for pedestrians and cyclists, with new crossing points on both roads
  • Junction layouts revised where Prince of Wales Road, Benellen Avenue and Queens Road meet Branksome Wood Road, giving more priority to people walking and cycling

Benellen Avenue – Glenferness Avenue - proposals on this section include:

  • New planting on Leven Avenue - no direct access for vehicles between Glenferness Avenue and Branksome Wood Road as a result
  • A new protected cycle track installed on both sides of Glenferness Avenue
  • A new toucan crossing would be installed on Glenferness Avenue, near the Leven Avenue junction
  • The junction layout revised where Rothesay Road meets Glenferness Avenue, giving more priority to people walking and cycling across the junction

Glenferness Avenue - proposals on this section include:

  • A new protected cycle track installed on both sides of Glenferness Avenue
  • The existing bridge over railway line widened on the eastern side and a new bridge installed on the western side, creating shared use paths on both sides of the road
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians along Glenferness Avenue across the adjoining roads
  • New parallel crossings and a new toucan crossing along the route
  • New planting at the junction of Elgin Road and Glenferness Avenue, restricting access for vehicles. Access for cyclists and pedestrians would not be affected

Boundary Road – Ensbury Park - proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected two-way cycle track on the southern side of Wallisdown Road, connecting to University Roundabout, with upgraded crossings
  • A new protected two-way cycle track on the west side of Boundary Road, with parking removed at the northern end to provide the space
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians on Boundary Road across the adjoining roads
  • A reduction in speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on Boundary Road
  • New crossing points and upgrades to the existing crossings
  • New walking and cycling provisions around Ensbury Park Gyratory, including new crossing points and a cycling link around it, connecting to Redhill Avenue cycle track
  • Up to five highways trees may need to be removed opposite Redhill Park Fire Station to create space for the cycle track

Redhill Avenue - proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected two-way cycle track on the north-western side of Redhill Avenue – up to five highways trees may need to be removed opposite Redhill Park Fire Station to create space for the cycle track
  • New crossing points and upgrades to the existing crossings
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians across adjoining roads opposite Redhill Park
  • New wayfinding signage through Redhill Park and Redhill Common and the existing facilities widened, creating separate cycle and walking paths
  • A reduction in speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on Redhill Avenue
  • A new cycling and walking link around Redhill Roundabout, with new crossing points over all arms of the roundabout

Whitelegg Way

This section would form part of the future Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch route. While public consultation on the full Merley-Christchurch route is due to follow at the end of March this year, we are keen to understand views on the proposals for Whitelegg Way now, as this would form a key link between the Bournemouth town centre to/from Ferndown route and the subsequent Merley-Christchurch proposals. Proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected cycle track on both sides of Whitelegg Way
  • Improvements to crossing at Northbourne Roundabout
  • A lower speed limit of 30mph along Whitelegg Way, reduced from 40mph
  • Bus stop improvements along Wimborne Road
  • No left-turn from Wimborne Road onto Whitelegg Way in order to reduce wait times at the traffic lights for cyclists, buses and cars
  • The traffic lights at Whitelegg Way/Wimborne Road junction would not apply to eastbound cyclists using the cycle track
  • An advance start for cyclists would be added to the signals on other arms of the junction

River Stour

Route options from the north of Redhill Roundabout to Chapel Gate Roundabout are being assessed and subject to agreement with landowners. At this stage, it is envisaged that proposals in this section would include:

  • An accessible bridge over the River Stour
  • A new crossing point on Christchurch Road
  • Improvements to the existing path on the north side of Christchurch Road to provide shared space near school

Chapel Lane - proposals in this section include:

  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians over the junction into Bournemouth University Sports Ground
  • The existing bridleway alongside Chapel Lane to be surfaced and widened

Thames Close - proposals in this section include:

  • New wayfinding signage and existing signage improved
  • The existing bridleway surfaced and widened


Further information on the proposals

There are some aspects of the programme which apply to all routes and sections:

E-scooters

BCP Council is participating in the Department for Transport’s 2021 trial for rental electric scooters. The rental scooters can be used on roads, signed cycle lanes and shared cycle/pedestrian facilities in Bournemouth and Poole. Private e-scooters are still, and will remain, illegal for use on public roads and cycleways. Find out more from the BCP website.

Biodiversity

Where the removal of trees or other vegetation may be needed as part of the TCF proposals to deliver sustainable transport infrastructure, we will be aiming to deliver biodiversity net gain. This means we would undertake new planting, for example, at the same place or another location in south east Dorset to ensure that habitats which may be affected by our programme are in a better overall state than before the work started. We will work closely with relevant statutory environmental bodies and other groups, including council parks and tree officers, to assess the impact on any trees or vegetation as the proposals develop.

Wayfinding

As part of the proposals to encourage more walking and cycling across south-east Dorset, a network of wayfinding signage is being introduced. More information about the works that are already underway is available from the BCP website. Additional locations where signage is being considered are identified in the detailed maps available as part of this consultation.

Maintenance

The proposed TCF routes would be managed within BCP and Dorset Councils’ ongoing maintenance programmes.

The consultation has now closed on this route and we’ve published a report summarising the results. Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to have their say on the proposals.

As shown on the picture to the right, the route has been divided into eight sections, and we are working through comments on the proposals for each of these sections to help inform more detailed design development.

As the design work progresses, we will be publishing our responses to the themes that emerged through the consultation on a section-by-section basis. Our responses on the following sections can be found below, while our responses on themes relating to other sections will be published here as they become available.




The original proposals that we consulted on are retained below for reference.

Upper Gardens - proposals in this section include:

  • The existing cycle/footpath through the gardens widened and resurfaced, with lighting improvements
  • The existing footway on the eastern side of Prince of Wales Road and Queens Road widened, creating shared space for pedestrians and cyclists, with new crossing points on both roads
  • Junction layouts revised where Prince of Wales Road, Benellen Avenue and Queens Road meet Branksome Wood Road, giving more priority to people walking and cycling

Benellen Avenue – Glenferness Avenue - proposals on this section include:

  • New planting on Leven Avenue - no direct access for vehicles between Glenferness Avenue and Branksome Wood Road as a result
  • A new protected cycle track installed on both sides of Glenferness Avenue
  • A new toucan crossing would be installed on Glenferness Avenue, near the Leven Avenue junction
  • The junction layout revised where Rothesay Road meets Glenferness Avenue, giving more priority to people walking and cycling across the junction

Glenferness Avenue - proposals on this section include:

  • A new protected cycle track installed on both sides of Glenferness Avenue
  • The existing bridge over railway line widened on the eastern side and a new bridge installed on the western side, creating shared use paths on both sides of the road
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians along Glenferness Avenue across the adjoining roads
  • New parallel crossings and a new toucan crossing along the route
  • New planting at the junction of Elgin Road and Glenferness Avenue, restricting access for vehicles. Access for cyclists and pedestrians would not be affected

Boundary Road – Ensbury Park - proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected two-way cycle track on the southern side of Wallisdown Road, connecting to University Roundabout, with upgraded crossings
  • A new protected two-way cycle track on the west side of Boundary Road, with parking removed at the northern end to provide the space
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians on Boundary Road across the adjoining roads
  • A reduction in speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on Boundary Road
  • New crossing points and upgrades to the existing crossings
  • New walking and cycling provisions around Ensbury Park Gyratory, including new crossing points and a cycling link around it, connecting to Redhill Avenue cycle track
  • Up to five highways trees may need to be removed opposite Redhill Park Fire Station to create space for the cycle track

Redhill Avenue - proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected two-way cycle track on the north-western side of Redhill Avenue – up to five highways trees may need to be removed opposite Redhill Park Fire Station to create space for the cycle track
  • New crossing points and upgrades to the existing crossings
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians across adjoining roads opposite Redhill Park
  • New wayfinding signage through Redhill Park and Redhill Common and the existing facilities widened, creating separate cycle and walking paths
  • A reduction in speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on Redhill Avenue
  • A new cycling and walking link around Redhill Roundabout, with new crossing points over all arms of the roundabout

Whitelegg Way

This section would form part of the future Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch route. While public consultation on the full Merley-Christchurch route is due to follow at the end of March this year, we are keen to understand views on the proposals for Whitelegg Way now, as this would form a key link between the Bournemouth town centre to/from Ferndown route and the subsequent Merley-Christchurch proposals. Proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected cycle track on both sides of Whitelegg Way
  • Improvements to crossing at Northbourne Roundabout
  • A lower speed limit of 30mph along Whitelegg Way, reduced from 40mph
  • Bus stop improvements along Wimborne Road
  • No left-turn from Wimborne Road onto Whitelegg Way in order to reduce wait times at the traffic lights for cyclists, buses and cars
  • The traffic lights at Whitelegg Way/Wimborne Road junction would not apply to eastbound cyclists using the cycle track
  • An advance start for cyclists would be added to the signals on other arms of the junction

River Stour

Route options from the north of Redhill Roundabout to Chapel Gate Roundabout are being assessed and subject to agreement with landowners. At this stage, it is envisaged that proposals in this section would include:

  • An accessible bridge over the River Stour
  • A new crossing point on Christchurch Road
  • Improvements to the existing path on the north side of Christchurch Road to provide shared space near school

Chapel Lane - proposals in this section include:

  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians over the junction into Bournemouth University Sports Ground
  • The existing bridleway alongside Chapel Lane to be surfaced and widened

Thames Close - proposals in this section include:

  • New wayfinding signage and existing signage improved
  • The existing bridleway surfaced and widened


Further information on the proposals

There are some aspects of the programme which apply to all routes and sections:

E-scooters

BCP Council is participating in the Department for Transport’s 2021 trial for rental electric scooters. The rental scooters can be used on roads, signed cycle lanes and shared cycle/pedestrian facilities in Bournemouth and Poole. Private e-scooters are still, and will remain, illegal for use on public roads and cycleways. Find out more from the BCP website.

Biodiversity

Where the removal of trees or other vegetation may be needed as part of the TCF proposals to deliver sustainable transport infrastructure, we will be aiming to deliver biodiversity net gain. This means we would undertake new planting, for example, at the same place or another location in south east Dorset to ensure that habitats which may be affected by our programme are in a better overall state than before the work started. We will work closely with relevant statutory environmental bodies and other groups, including council parks and tree officers, to assess the impact on any trees or vegetation as the proposals develop.

Wayfinding

As part of the proposals to encourage more walking and cycling across south-east Dorset, a network of wayfinding signage is being introduced. More information about the works that are already underway is available from the BCP website. Additional locations where signage is being considered are identified in the detailed maps available as part of this consultation.

Maintenance

The proposed TCF routes would be managed within BCP and Dorset Councils’ ongoing maintenance programmes.

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