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Work to begin on new cycle and walking route on Ringwood Road, Ferndown next month
Work will begin on new sustainable travel facilities along Ringwood Road in Ferndown on 1 November 2021. The project will take place in three phases and will involve the construction of a new 3.2km cycle and walking route and bus improvements along Ringwood Road between Longham mini roundabouts and Tricketts Cross roundabout.
It will eventually form part of the 27km green travel route linking Ferndown and Wimborne with Poole town centre, which includes the new cycle and walking path currently underway on Leigh Road and Wimborne Road West.
The first phase of work on Ringwood Road is between Longham Mini Roundabouts and south of Church Road. Due to complete around late April 2022, the work is being undertaken by Dorset Council and is part of the £100m+ south east Dorset Transforming Cities Fund1 programme, a joint project between Dorset Council and BCP Council, the largest ever programme of investment in sustainable transport infrastructure in the region.
Phase one improvements along the 1.5km section of Ringwood Road between Longham Mini Roundabouts and south of Church Road (November 1 2021 to April 2022) include:
• The existing footway on the western side of Ringwood Road will be upgraded providing a 3m-wide shared use path for walking and cycling between Pompeys Lane and Longacre Drive.
• The existing central island near Woodland Avenue will be widened providing a safe crossing point over Ringwood Road and access into Holmwood Park development with cycle signage through to Christchurch Road.
• Six bus stop locations along the route will be upgraded, including accessibility improvements.
• The pedestrian footway and crossing point at St Just Close will be improved.
• The redundant speed camera on Ringwood Road, near Clifton Gardens, will be removed.
• The Ringwood Road/Casterbridge Road signal-controlled junction will be improved and provide enhanced facilities for pedestrians.
• The junctions of side roads on the west side of Ringwood Road will be revised giving more priority to people walking and cycling.
• The existing footpath at the Church Road junction linking to Brabourne Avenue will be widened and converted to a footway/cycle route.
• Improvements between Longacre Drive and Church Road will take place as part of phase three works
Phase two work (provisional start/end construction dates: May 2022 to January 2023) on Ringwood Road between Victoria Avenue and Tricketts Cross is still under design.
Phase three work (provisional start/end construction dates: February 2023 to June 2023) on Ringwood Road between Church Road and Victoria Road is still under design and subject to further public consultation in early 2022.
A review of existing speed limits has been undertaken alongside the TCF scheme development and the speed limit will be reduced from 40mph to 30mph on the majority of the length of Ringwood Road and delivered alongside works.
To minimise traffic disruption and maximise efficiencies, construction will be undertaken in 400m sections. Traffic will be managed with a mix of traffic lights and stop/go boards with a reduced 30mph speed limit in place.
Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran 10 May to 14 June this year. All responses were analysed and helped shape the final scheme designs. *
Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment said:
“South East Dorset is one of the most congested regions in the country. Over 19,000 vehicles use Ringwood Road everyday including a large number of heavy goods vehicles. We need to provide alternative ways for people to get to work, education, the shops or leisure, particularly for shorter journeys.
“One of the main reasons preventing people from cycling is traffic safety concerns and there is currently limited safe cycling provision on this busy road. This dedicated cycling and walking space will address this issue, creating more of a neighbourhood community road and helping residents enjoy the area more by foot, bike, scooter, mobility scooter and wheelchair.
“The improvements will transform local travel, help to reduce road congestion and pollution, improve air quality and bring economic and health benefits.”
TCF is funded largely by the UK Government’s Transforming Cities Fund awarded by the Department of Transport (DfT) but also includes contributions from both councils and local transport and business development organisations. BCP Council and Dorset Council were one of 12 regions in England to secure a share of the government’s Transforming Cities Fund based on its commitment to supporting economic growth through investment in public sustainable transport. It forms a major part of the region’s Transforming Travel programme promoting sustainable travel. Go to www.transformingtravel.info for further information.
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.
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 email@example.com 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!