Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne

Improvements for walking, cycling and bus services are proposed between Poole town centre and Ferndown and Wimborne to make north-south and east-west journeys across the region easier, safer and more reliable.

The proposed route would improve links to key local destinations, including shops and businesses in Poole and Ferndown town centres, industrial estates and business parks including Turbary Retail Park and Ferndown & Uddens Industrial Estate, Poole Hospital, and a number of nearby schools. The route would also connect into the works underway as part of the Leigh Road scheme.

The route has been divided into sections as shown on the following picture:

Find out more about the proposals in each section by clicking on the blue headings below.


The George Roundabout – Fernside Road

Fernside Road – Sea View Road

Sea View Road – Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts

Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts – Mountbatten Roundabout

Mountbatten Roundabout – West Howe Roundabout

West Howe Roundabout – Anchor Close

Bear Cross Roundabout

Bear Cross – Longham Bridge

Longham Bridge – Longham Mini Roundabouts

Longham Mini Roundabouts – Glenmoor Road

Glenmoor Road – Victoria Road

Victoria Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout

Trickett’s Cross Roundabout – West Moors Road

West Moors Road – Cobham Road

Cobham Road – Canford Bottom Roundabout

Leigh Road Scheme

Brook Road – Lewens Lane

Canford Bottom Roundabout – Stapehill Road

Stapehill Road – Longham Mini Roundabouts

Longham Mini Roundabouts – New Road


About the improvements

The George Roundabout – Fernside Road - the proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected one-way cycle track on the western side of High Street North
  • A signed quiet route along St Mary’s Road with current restrictions to vehicle movement remaining at the junction of Garland Road and St Mary’s Road
  • An existing crossing on Longfleet Road relocated to near Shaftesbury Road
  • A new protected cycle track on both sides of Longfleet Road between Shaftesbury Road and the Bird’s Hill Road/Garland Road junctions
  • Upgrades to existing crossing points
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Longfleet Road with Shaftesbury Road and Parish Road, and the junction of St Mary’s Road with Garland Road
  • Upgrades to the junctions of St Mary’s Road and Longfleet Road with Fernside Road, including new traffic lights, new crossings and improvements to existing crossing points
  • Changes to traffic signal timings at the junction of Longfleet Road and Fernside Road to improve bus journey times

Fernside Road – Sea View Road - the proposals in this section include:

  • A quiet route along Hunt Road
  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road, between the Hunt Road and Sea View Road junctions
  • New crossing points along the route
  • Double yellow lines on Ringwood Road, between the Parkstone Heights and Hilton Close junctions
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • A new shared path link along Dorchester Road connecting to existing provision on Foxholes Road
  • Changes to the road layout around the Dorchester Road and Balston Road junctions, with dedicated right-turn lanes and central hatching removed. Vehicles will still be able to turn right from Ringwood Road at these locations
  • Improvements at the Ringwood Road/Sea View Road junction, with new controlled crossing points and shared space for walking and cycling

Sea View Road – Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts - the proposals in this section include:

  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road, between Sea View Road and the mini roundabouts, bypassing Old Wareham Road roundabout
  • A new southbound bus lane on Ringwood Road, between the mini roundabouts and Sea View Road
  • The existing footpath would be converted to shared use on the western side of Ringwood Road, between St Clements Road and the mini roundabouts
  • Improvements to existing crossing points along the route
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Changes to the road layout at the junction of Ringwood Road and Albion Close, with the dedicated right-turn lane removed. Vehicles will still be able to turn right from Ringwood Road at this location
  • Improvements to Old Wareham Road roundabout, including new crossings and a shared use path, with the southbound bus lane and two-way cycle track on the eastern side bypassing the roundabout
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • No right-turn from Ringwood Road into Rossmore Road and the access road to Halfords

Opportunities for improvements to bus journey times and cycling/walking facilities around Mannings Heath mini roundabouts are being explored and would be subject to further consultation

Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts – Mountbatten Roundabout - the proposals for this section include:

  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road between Alderney Avenue and Mountbatten Roundabout
  • The existing footways on both sides of Ringwood Road would be converted to shared paths for walking and cycling
  • The existing southbound bus lane would remain
  • A new toucan crossing near the Belben Road junction, along with improvements to the existing crossing point near Alderney Avenue
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Changes to the road layout at Alderney Roundabout, with a cycle track on the eastern side bypassing the roundabout and all approaches reduced from three lanes to two
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • A lower speed limit of 30 mph along Ringwood Road, between Mountbatten Roundabout and Alderney Roundabout
  • The shared path on the western side of the road would connect to existing subway facilities and link up to and around Mountbatten Roundabout
  • The new two-way cycle track on the eastern side would connect into the existing shared path and improvements along Wallisdown Road

Mountbatten Roundabout – West Howe Roundabout - the proposals for this section include:

  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road between High Howe Lane and Dominion Road
  • Changes to traffic signal timings at the Mountbatten Roundabout to improve bus journey times
  • The existing path behind Turbary Retail Park, connecting Wallisdown Road and Turbary Park Avenue, would be converted to shared use
  • The existing footways upgraded to shared use on both sides of Ringwood Road between Mountbatten Roundabout and St Georges Drive
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians travelling at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • A new toucan crossing on Ringwood Road, near the Paddington Grove junction, connecting to the upgraded shared use path on the western side
  • A lower speed limit of 30 mph between the two roundabouts
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • New planting installed at the junction of Dominion Road and the access road into Lidl, preventing vehicle movements. Vehicle access would remain into Lidl from Poole Lane
  • The existing footway between Dominion Road and West Howe Roundabout would be converted to shared space, connecting into a new parallel crossing on High Howe Lane and existing facilities around the roundabout

West Howe Roundabout – Anchor Close - the proposals for this section include:

  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians travelling at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads on the eastern side of the road
  • The route would connect into existing shared use path on eastern side of Ringwood Road
  • An alternative quiet route along the service road to the west of Ringwood Road, with a lower speed limit of 20 mph along the route
  • Six bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Bear Cross Roundabout - the route would connect with the Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch route at the roundabout. The proposals for this section include:

  • On the eastern arm, a new two-way cycle track running through the verge on the northern side of Wimborne Road
  • On the western arm, a new one-way cycle track installed on both sides of Magna Road, with upgrades to street lighting and crossing points
  • On the southern arm, a new shared path on the western side of the road
  • New crossings and shared space around the roundabout, connecting the routes
  • Five bus stop locations upgraded around the roundabout, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Bear Cross Roundabout – Longham Bridge - the proposals for this section include:

  • The existing shared path on the eastern side of Ringwood Road would be improved through vegetation clearance and widening
  • A new parallel crossing by the access road into Millhams Recycling Centre
  • The existing path to the east of Longham Bridge would be converted to a surfaced shared path, offering an alternative route for walking and cycling away from the main road, over the River Stour via a new bridge and towards Longham mini roundabout
  • Two bus stop locations to be upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Longham Bridge – Longham Mini Roundabouts – the proposals in this section include:

  • A new off-carriageway shared use route to the east of Ringwood Road, connecting Longham Bridge to Longham mini roundabouts, around the Golf Club. The route could alternatively connect to Christchurch Road at the main Golf Club access
  • A lower speed limit of 30 mph on Ringwood Road
  • The existing footway on the eastern side of the road converted to a new shared use path
  • A new toucan crossing near the access road into Longham Lakes
  • Six bus stop locations upgraded, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Route options to the west of Ringwood Road are being assessed and subject to agreement with landowners.

Longham Mini Roundabouts – Glenmoor Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • The existing footway on the western side of Ringwood Road, between Pompeys Lane and Glenmoor Road, upgraded to a new shared use path
  • Four bus stop locations upgraded, including accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • The existing crossing point near Holmwood Park development widened and new signage installed along the existing path behind the development towards Christchurch Road
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Pedestrian footway and crossing improvements at the junction of St Just Close with Ringwood Road

Opportunities for improvements between Longham mini roundabouts and Pompeys Lane are also being considered.

Glenmoor Road – Victoria Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • Two alternative proposals for the cycling provision between Spinneys Lane and Victoria Road junctions:
  • The existing shared use path on the western side of Ringwood Road to be resurfaced
  • New crossings at the Ringwood Road/Spinneys Lane junction, with existing crossing points upgraded at the Church Road junction
  • Four bus stop locations upgraded, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Two alternative proposals to upgrade the Victoria Road/New Road junction:
    • Option 1: the junction would be upgraded with new crossings installed, connected by new shared use paths
    • Option 2: the left-turn movements from New Road and Victoria Road onto Ringwood Road would be banned to make traffic flow more efficient as well as the junction be upgraded with new crossings and shared use paths

Victoria Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout – the proposals in this section include:

  • Two alternative proposals for the cycling provision between Victoria Road junction and Turbary Road Roundabout:
  • The existing central hatching, including central islands and right-turn lanes, removed along the length of Ringwood Road to provide space for the cycle track
  • Two bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • A new toucan crossing near Golf Links Road and a new parallel crossing over Turbary Road
  • Golf Links Road junction revised, encouraging slower vehicle speeds and improving safety when crossing
  • Improvements to Turbary Roundabout, including wider, shared use paths, accessibility improvements, and wider islands to make crossing safer
  • New shared use paths on both sides of the road between Turbary Roundabout and Trickett’s Cross Roundabout, with a new controlled crossing point installed.

Trickett’s Cross Roundabout – West Moors Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • A new toucan crossing on Wimborne Road East near Trickett’s Cross Roundabout
  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the north side of the road between Trickett’s Cross Roundabout and West Moors Road
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Wimborne Road East and adjoining roads on the north side
  • Six bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • Accessibility improvements, including dropped kerbs and tactile paving, at the junctions of Wimborne Road East and adjoining roads on the south side
  • Improvements at the West Moors Road junction, including upgraded crossing points on all arms and a shared use path on the northern side
  • New signage on Monkton Close, promoting the quiet route towards Ferndown town centre

West Moors Road – Cobham Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • A new shared use path on the north side of Wimborne Road East, between West Moors Road and the United Reformed Church
  • Queens Road/Victoria Road junction upgraded with new crossings
  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the north side of the road, between Pinewood Road and Cobham Road
  • Eight bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • Footway at Ameysford Road/Church Road junction widened to provide a new shared path and improved crossing points
  • A new shared path on the south side of the road, between Church Road and access into Ferndown Upper School
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians across the junction of Wimborne Road East and Stanfield Road
  • The existing toucan crossing upgraded near Ferndown Upper School
  • Improved shared path linking into Coppice Avenue
  • Two alternative proposals for the improvements to the Cobham Road/Wimborne Road West junction:
    • Option A: narrower lanes and junction layout adjusted to accommodate safe cycling and walking provision on the north side of the road
    • Option B: ahead and left-turn movements combined into one lane on Wimborne Road West for eastbound traffic, to accommodate safe cycling and walking provision on the north side of the road. All vehicle movements at the junction would remain possible for both options

Cobham Road – Canford Bottom Roundabout – the proposals in this section include:

  • The existing footway on the north side of Wimborne Road East converted to a new shared path between Cobham Road and Canford Bottom Roundabout
  • New signalised crossing point at Stapehill Road and revised junction layouts where Stapehill Road and Uddens Drive meet Wimborne Road East, giving more space to those walking and cycling
  • Six bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

The improvements would connect to Castleman Trailway route and the existing facilities around Canford Bottom Roundabout

Leigh Road Scheme

Construction for Leigh Road is already underway and more information can be found on the Dorset Council website


Brook Road – Lewens Lane – the proposals in this section include:

  • More priority for pedestrians at the junction of Leigh Road and adjoining roads
  • Improvements would be made for people walking and cycling at St John's Hill junction
  • Two bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Canford Bottom Roundabout – Stapehill Road

The shared path on the eastern side of Ham Lane was recently delivered, connecting to work underway on Leigh Road and proposals on Ham Lane between Stapehill Road and Longham mini roundabouts. As this section is already completed, it is not open for comment during the consultation.


Stapehill Road – Longham Mini Roundabouts - the proposals in this section include:

  • The existing footway on the south side of Ham Lane would be converted to shared use, separated from the carriageway by a verge, between Stapehill Road and the access roundabout into Haskins Garden Centre
  • The refuge island at the access roundabout into Haskins Garden Centre would be adjusted, providing an improved crossing point
  • A new shared path on the north side of Ham Lane between the access roundabout into Haskins Garden Centre and Longham mini roundabouts

Opportunities for improvements connecting to Hampreston CoE First School are also being considered


Longham Mini Roundabouts – New Road, Parley Cross - the proposals in this section include:

  • New parallel crossings on all arms of the mini roundabouts, with shared paths on all sides of the road
  • New signage along the existing path off Christchurch Road, joining into the Holmwood Park development on Ringwood Road
  • The existing path on the north side of Christchurch Road would be converted to a shared path between Longham mini roundabouts and Chine Walk
  • The existing central island near Chine Walk would be widened to make crossing safer
  • The existing path on the south side of Christchurch Road would be converted to a shared path between Chine Walk and New Road


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Further information on the proposals

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

Cycle lanes near bus stops

There will be several locations along the sustainable corridor routes where a proposed cycle track will pass a bus stop. At these locations the cycle route needs to be designed to ensure that people waiting for, joining or leaving a bus can do so safely, and people cycling and walking can travel past the bus stop safely. There are two different options that designers will consider at bus stop locations. These are referenced in the Department for Transport design guidance that is being followed on the programme:

  • A bus stop bypass (also known as a floating bus stop) - This is the preferred layout of bus stop and cycle lanes at a location. The design of this type of layout is dependent on the amount of space available. People cycling travel behind the bus stop so there is no interaction with people waiting for, joining or leaving a bus. Bus passengers will need to cross the cycle track to access/leave the bus stop and cyclists will need to give way at this point in order to allow people to cross. The design needs to be developed with appropriate signage, different pavement textures and good visibility so people cycling and walking can be mindful of each other around bus stops.
  • A bus stop border - If there is not enough space to deliver a bus stop by-pass the second preferred option is a bus stop border. In this scenario there is an interaction between people cycling and people waiting for or joining/leaving a bus. The design needs to be developed with appropriate signage, different pavement textures and good visibility so people cycling and walking can be mindful of each other around bus stops This solution is not appropriate for bus stops with frequent buses or high usage

Traffic light technology improvements for buses

At key locations along the routes, new technology is being introduced at traffic lights to improve bus journey times. The traffic signal technology, which detects approaching buses, helps ensure signals stay green for longer to reduce waiting times at the junctions. The proposed locations along the Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne route are:

  • Fernside Road/Longfleet Road Junction
  • Mountbatten Roundabout

Cycle and E-scooter Hire

At a number of bus stop locations along the sustainable corridor routes, a bay will be provided for bikes and e-scooters available for hire through the current Beryl Share scheme. This will allow people to use a bus and a bicycle and/or an e-scooter to complete a journey.

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 Transforming Travel website.

Engagement with accessibility groups

The programme team and designers will engage with accessibility groups at specific locations across the corridors to ensure that the design developed, subject to the outcome of consultation, considers all users of the highway.

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 Transforming Travel 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.

Improvements for walking, cycling and bus services are proposed between Poole town centre and Ferndown and Wimborne to make north-south and east-west journeys across the region easier, safer and more reliable.

The proposed route would improve links to key local destinations, including shops and businesses in Poole and Ferndown town centres, industrial estates and business parks including Turbary Retail Park and Ferndown & Uddens Industrial Estate, Poole Hospital, and a number of nearby schools. The route would also connect into the works underway as part of the Leigh Road scheme.

The route has been divided into sections as shown on the following picture:

Find out more about the proposals in each section by clicking on the blue headings below.


The George Roundabout – Fernside Road

Fernside Road – Sea View Road

Sea View Road – Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts

Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts – Mountbatten Roundabout

Mountbatten Roundabout – West Howe Roundabout

West Howe Roundabout – Anchor Close

Bear Cross Roundabout

Bear Cross – Longham Bridge

Longham Bridge – Longham Mini Roundabouts

Longham Mini Roundabouts – Glenmoor Road

Glenmoor Road – Victoria Road

Victoria Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout

Trickett’s Cross Roundabout – West Moors Road

West Moors Road – Cobham Road

Cobham Road – Canford Bottom Roundabout

Leigh Road Scheme

Brook Road – Lewens Lane

Canford Bottom Roundabout – Stapehill Road

Stapehill Road – Longham Mini Roundabouts

Longham Mini Roundabouts – New Road


About the improvements

The George Roundabout – Fernside Road - the proposals in this section include:

  • A new protected one-way cycle track on the western side of High Street North
  • A signed quiet route along St Mary’s Road with current restrictions to vehicle movement remaining at the junction of Garland Road and St Mary’s Road
  • An existing crossing on Longfleet Road relocated to near Shaftesbury Road
  • A new protected cycle track on both sides of Longfleet Road between Shaftesbury Road and the Bird’s Hill Road/Garland Road junctions
  • Upgrades to existing crossing points
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Longfleet Road with Shaftesbury Road and Parish Road, and the junction of St Mary’s Road with Garland Road
  • Upgrades to the junctions of St Mary’s Road and Longfleet Road with Fernside Road, including new traffic lights, new crossings and improvements to existing crossing points
  • Changes to traffic signal timings at the junction of Longfleet Road and Fernside Road to improve bus journey times

Fernside Road – Sea View Road - the proposals in this section include:

  • A quiet route along Hunt Road
  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road, between the Hunt Road and Sea View Road junctions
  • New crossing points along the route
  • Double yellow lines on Ringwood Road, between the Parkstone Heights and Hilton Close junctions
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • A new shared path link along Dorchester Road connecting to existing provision on Foxholes Road
  • Changes to the road layout around the Dorchester Road and Balston Road junctions, with dedicated right-turn lanes and central hatching removed. Vehicles will still be able to turn right from Ringwood Road at these locations
  • Improvements at the Ringwood Road/Sea View Road junction, with new controlled crossing points and shared space for walking and cycling

Sea View Road – Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts - the proposals in this section include:

  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road, between Sea View Road and the mini roundabouts, bypassing Old Wareham Road roundabout
  • A new southbound bus lane on Ringwood Road, between the mini roundabouts and Sea View Road
  • The existing footpath would be converted to shared use on the western side of Ringwood Road, between St Clements Road and the mini roundabouts
  • Improvements to existing crossing points along the route
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Changes to the road layout at the junction of Ringwood Road and Albion Close, with the dedicated right-turn lane removed. Vehicles will still be able to turn right from Ringwood Road at this location
  • Improvements to Old Wareham Road roundabout, including new crossings and a shared use path, with the southbound bus lane and two-way cycle track on the eastern side bypassing the roundabout
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • No right-turn from Ringwood Road into Rossmore Road and the access road to Halfords

Opportunities for improvements to bus journey times and cycling/walking facilities around Mannings Heath mini roundabouts are being explored and would be subject to further consultation

Mannings Heath Mini Roundabouts – Mountbatten Roundabout - the proposals for this section include:

  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road between Alderney Avenue and Mountbatten Roundabout
  • The existing footways on both sides of Ringwood Road would be converted to shared paths for walking and cycling
  • The existing southbound bus lane would remain
  • A new toucan crossing near the Belben Road junction, along with improvements to the existing crossing point near Alderney Avenue
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Changes to the road layout at Alderney Roundabout, with a cycle track on the eastern side bypassing the roundabout and all approaches reduced from three lanes to two
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • A lower speed limit of 30 mph along Ringwood Road, between Mountbatten Roundabout and Alderney Roundabout
  • The shared path on the western side of the road would connect to existing subway facilities and link up to and around Mountbatten Roundabout
  • The new two-way cycle track on the eastern side would connect into the existing shared path and improvements along Wallisdown Road

Mountbatten Roundabout – West Howe Roundabout - the proposals for this section include:

  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the eastern side of Ringwood Road between High Howe Lane and Dominion Road
  • Changes to traffic signal timings at the Mountbatten Roundabout to improve bus journey times
  • The existing path behind Turbary Retail Park, connecting Wallisdown Road and Turbary Park Avenue, would be converted to shared use
  • The existing footways upgraded to shared use on both sides of Ringwood Road between Mountbatten Roundabout and St Georges Drive
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians travelling at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • A new toucan crossing on Ringwood Road, near the Paddington Grove junction, connecting to the upgraded shared use path on the western side
  • A lower speed limit of 30 mph between the two roundabouts
  • Five bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • New planting installed at the junction of Dominion Road and the access road into Lidl, preventing vehicle movements. Vehicle access would remain into Lidl from Poole Lane
  • The existing footway between Dominion Road and West Howe Roundabout would be converted to shared space, connecting into a new parallel crossing on High Howe Lane and existing facilities around the roundabout

West Howe Roundabout – Anchor Close - the proposals for this section include:

  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians travelling at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads on the eastern side of the road
  • The route would connect into existing shared use path on eastern side of Ringwood Road
  • An alternative quiet route along the service road to the west of Ringwood Road, with a lower speed limit of 20 mph along the route
  • Six bus stop locations to be upgraded along route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Bear Cross Roundabout - the route would connect with the Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch route at the roundabout. The proposals for this section include:

  • On the eastern arm, a new two-way cycle track running through the verge on the northern side of Wimborne Road
  • On the western arm, a new one-way cycle track installed on both sides of Magna Road, with upgrades to street lighting and crossing points
  • On the southern arm, a new shared path on the western side of the road
  • New crossings and shared space around the roundabout, connecting the routes
  • Five bus stop locations upgraded around the roundabout, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Bear Cross Roundabout – Longham Bridge - the proposals for this section include:

  • The existing shared path on the eastern side of Ringwood Road would be improved through vegetation clearance and widening
  • A new parallel crossing by the access road into Millhams Recycling Centre
  • The existing path to the east of Longham Bridge would be converted to a surfaced shared path, offering an alternative route for walking and cycling away from the main road, over the River Stour via a new bridge and towards Longham mini roundabout
  • Two bus stop locations to be upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Longham Bridge – Longham Mini Roundabouts – the proposals in this section include:

  • A new off-carriageway shared use route to the east of Ringwood Road, connecting Longham Bridge to Longham mini roundabouts, around the Golf Club. The route could alternatively connect to Christchurch Road at the main Golf Club access
  • A lower speed limit of 30 mph on Ringwood Road
  • The existing footway on the eastern side of the road converted to a new shared use path
  • A new toucan crossing near the access road into Longham Lakes
  • Six bus stop locations upgraded, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Route options to the west of Ringwood Road are being assessed and subject to agreement with landowners.

Longham Mini Roundabouts – Glenmoor Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • The existing footway on the western side of Ringwood Road, between Pompeys Lane and Glenmoor Road, upgraded to a new shared use path
  • Four bus stop locations upgraded, including accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • The existing crossing point near Holmwood Park development widened and new signage installed along the existing path behind the development towards Christchurch Road
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Pedestrian footway and crossing improvements at the junction of St Just Close with Ringwood Road

Opportunities for improvements between Longham mini roundabouts and Pompeys Lane are also being considered.

Glenmoor Road – Victoria Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • Two alternative proposals for the cycling provision between Spinneys Lane and Victoria Road junctions:
  • The existing shared use path on the western side of Ringwood Road to be resurfaced
  • New crossings at the Ringwood Road/Spinneys Lane junction, with existing crossing points upgraded at the Church Road junction
  • Four bus stop locations upgraded, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • Two alternative proposals to upgrade the Victoria Road/New Road junction:
    • Option 1: the junction would be upgraded with new crossings installed, connected by new shared use paths
    • Option 2: the left-turn movements from New Road and Victoria Road onto Ringwood Road would be banned to make traffic flow more efficient as well as the junction be upgraded with new crossings and shared use paths

Victoria Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout – the proposals in this section include:

  • Two alternative proposals for the cycling provision between Victoria Road junction and Turbary Road Roundabout:
  • The existing central hatching, including central islands and right-turn lanes, removed along the length of Ringwood Road to provide space for the cycle track
  • Two bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Ringwood Road and adjoining roads
  • A new toucan crossing near Golf Links Road and a new parallel crossing over Turbary Road
  • Golf Links Road junction revised, encouraging slower vehicle speeds and improving safety when crossing
  • Improvements to Turbary Roundabout, including wider, shared use paths, accessibility improvements, and wider islands to make crossing safer
  • New shared use paths on both sides of the road between Turbary Roundabout and Trickett’s Cross Roundabout, with a new controlled crossing point installed.

Trickett’s Cross Roundabout – West Moors Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • A new toucan crossing on Wimborne Road East near Trickett’s Cross Roundabout
  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the north side of the road between Trickett’s Cross Roundabout and West Moors Road
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians at the junctions of Wimborne Road East and adjoining roads on the north side
  • Six bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • Accessibility improvements, including dropped kerbs and tactile paving, at the junctions of Wimborne Road East and adjoining roads on the south side
  • Improvements at the West Moors Road junction, including upgraded crossing points on all arms and a shared use path on the northern side
  • New signage on Monkton Close, promoting the quiet route towards Ferndown town centre

West Moors Road – Cobham Road – the proposals in this section include:

  • A new shared use path on the north side of Wimborne Road East, between West Moors Road and the United Reformed Church
  • Queens Road/Victoria Road junction upgraded with new crossings
  • A new two-way protected cycle track on the north side of the road, between Pinewood Road and Cobham Road
  • Eight bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information
  • Footway at Ameysford Road/Church Road junction widened to provide a new shared path and improved crossing points
  • A new shared path on the south side of the road, between Church Road and access into Ferndown Upper School
  • More priority for cyclists and pedestrians across the junction of Wimborne Road East and Stanfield Road
  • The existing toucan crossing upgraded near Ferndown Upper School
  • Improved shared path linking into Coppice Avenue
  • Two alternative proposals for the improvements to the Cobham Road/Wimborne Road West junction:
    • Option A: narrower lanes and junction layout adjusted to accommodate safe cycling and walking provision on the north side of the road
    • Option B: ahead and left-turn movements combined into one lane on Wimborne Road West for eastbound traffic, to accommodate safe cycling and walking provision on the north side of the road. All vehicle movements at the junction would remain possible for both options

Cobham Road – Canford Bottom Roundabout – the proposals in this section include:

  • The existing footway on the north side of Wimborne Road East converted to a new shared path between Cobham Road and Canford Bottom Roundabout
  • New signalised crossing point at Stapehill Road and revised junction layouts where Stapehill Road and Uddens Drive meet Wimborne Road East, giving more space to those walking and cycling
  • Six bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

The improvements would connect to Castleman Trailway route and the existing facilities around Canford Bottom Roundabout

Leigh Road Scheme

Construction for Leigh Road is already underway and more information can be found on the Dorset Council website


Brook Road – Lewens Lane – the proposals in this section include:

  • More priority for pedestrians at the junction of Leigh Road and adjoining roads
  • Improvements would be made for people walking and cycling at St John's Hill junction
  • Two bus stop locations upgraded along the route, which could include accessibility improvements, new shelters and real-time information

Canford Bottom Roundabout – Stapehill Road

The shared path on the eastern side of Ham Lane was recently delivered, connecting to work underway on Leigh Road and proposals on Ham Lane between Stapehill Road and Longham mini roundabouts. As this section is already completed, it is not open for comment during the consultation.


Stapehill Road – Longham Mini Roundabouts - the proposals in this section include:

  • The existing footway on the south side of Ham Lane would be converted to shared use, separated from the carriageway by a verge, between Stapehill Road and the access roundabout into Haskins Garden Centre
  • The refuge island at the access roundabout into Haskins Garden Centre would be adjusted, providing an improved crossing point
  • A new shared path on the north side of Ham Lane between the access roundabout into Haskins Garden Centre and Longham mini roundabouts

Opportunities for improvements connecting to Hampreston CoE First School are also being considered


Longham Mini Roundabouts – New Road, Parley Cross - the proposals in this section include:

  • New parallel crossings on all arms of the mini roundabouts, with shared paths on all sides of the road
  • New signage along the existing path off Christchurch Road, joining into the Holmwood Park development on Ringwood Road
  • The existing path on the north side of Christchurch Road would be converted to a shared path between Longham mini roundabouts and Chine Walk
  • The existing central island near Chine Walk would be widened to make crossing safer
  • The existing path on the south side of Christchurch Road would be converted to a shared path between Chine Walk and New Road


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Further information on the proposals

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

Cycle lanes near bus stops

There will be several locations along the sustainable corridor routes where a proposed cycle track will pass a bus stop. At these locations the cycle route needs to be designed to ensure that people waiting for, joining or leaving a bus can do so safely, and people cycling and walking can travel past the bus stop safely. There are two different options that designers will consider at bus stop locations. These are referenced in the Department for Transport design guidance that is being followed on the programme:

  • A bus stop bypass (also known as a floating bus stop) - This is the preferred layout of bus stop and cycle lanes at a location. The design of this type of layout is dependent on the amount of space available. People cycling travel behind the bus stop so there is no interaction with people waiting for, joining or leaving a bus. Bus passengers will need to cross the cycle track to access/leave the bus stop and cyclists will need to give way at this point in order to allow people to cross. The design needs to be developed with appropriate signage, different pavement textures and good visibility so people cycling and walking can be mindful of each other around bus stops.
  • A bus stop border - If there is not enough space to deliver a bus stop by-pass the second preferred option is a bus stop border. In this scenario there is an interaction between people cycling and people waiting for or joining/leaving a bus. The design needs to be developed with appropriate signage, different pavement textures and good visibility so people cycling and walking can be mindful of each other around bus stops This solution is not appropriate for bus stops with frequent buses or high usage

Traffic light technology improvements for buses

At key locations along the routes, new technology is being introduced at traffic lights to improve bus journey times. The traffic signal technology, which detects approaching buses, helps ensure signals stay green for longer to reduce waiting times at the junctions. The proposed locations along the Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne route are:

  • Fernside Road/Longfleet Road Junction
  • Mountbatten Roundabout

Cycle and E-scooter Hire

At a number of bus stop locations along the sustainable corridor routes, a bay will be provided for bikes and e-scooters available for hire through the current Beryl Share scheme. This will allow people to use a bus and a bicycle and/or an e-scooter to complete a journey.

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 Transforming Travel website.

Engagement with accessibility groups

The programme team and designers will engage with accessibility groups at specific locations across the corridors to ensure that the design developed, subject to the outcome of consultation, considers all users of the highway.

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 Transforming Travel 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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