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Transforming travel improvements set to start at Queen Anne Drive
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.

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Transforming Cities Sustainable Transport Consultation Map

Phase two consultation - Now closed

The Transforming Cities Fund project is made up of six sustainable travel routes. The first phase of consultation, on the first four proposed routes, closed on the 31 March 2021.
The second phase of the consultation for the remaining two sustainable travel routes is now open and will close on 14 June 2021. The routes being consulted on as part of phase two are:
– Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne
– Merley to/from Christchurch
These two routes are the longest and most ambitious of the whole TCF programme. They will entail provision for all forms of sustainable transport including cycling, walking, scooting and bus services technology and infrastructure.
The consultation is being primarily conducted through an online engagement platform, which allows ward members, Town and Parish Councillors, stakeholders, business and community organisations, schools, and members of the public to view detailed maps and plans, and to complete a feedback survey.
You can visit the consultation platform via this link: haveyoursay.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/transforming-travel

Paper copies of the consultation information and feedback survey will also be available for those who cannot access the online platform. To request paper copies please either e-mail transformingtravel@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or call 01202 123 123 stating which route(s) you are interested in and providing a delivery address.
I hope you will take the time to review the proposals and submit any comments you might have. We are keen to ensure as much participation as possible through the consultation exercise, so please also encourage residents, businesses, schools and neighbourhood and community groups in your area to do the same. Please feel free to share the consultation platform link through any of your communication channels. To support you with this, we have drafted some text about the consultation that you can share:

Subject: Have your say on Transforming Cities Fund’s sustainable transport routes

Public consultation is now open on the two longest and most ambitious sustainable travel routes within the south east Dorset TCF programme. Proposed by BCP Council and Dorset Council and funded through the £100+ million Transforming Cities Fund, these two routes will include major cycling, walking and bus travel improvements, providing 51km of green travel options, connecting:
• Poole town centre to/from Wimborne and Ferndown
• Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch.
Have your say on the proposals – view the detailed maps and plans and complete a feedback survey by visiting haveyoursay.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/transforming-travel. Share your views on the future of sustainable transport in the south east Dorset region – go online today!