Residents, businesses and commuters invited to shape future improvements on key commuter route between Bournemouth & Poole

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018

Residents, businesses and commuters who regularly travel in and around Wallisdown Road are being invited to help shape a major set of future highway improvements planned for the area.

As a key commuter route serving two universities, both Wallisdown Crossroads and Boundary Roundabout are used by approximately 35,000 vehicles a day.

Following a successful £2 million government grant to develop the road network at Wallisdown Crossroads, and an additional £1.3 million secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) via the Government’s Local Growth Fund for Boundary Roundabout, the overall improvements will:

•           improve access to public transport, walking and cycling facilities

•           reduce road collisions and casualties

•           create a higher quality public space, and

•           improve journeys for motorists

The plans are in the early stages of development and those who live, work and travel in the area are being invited to complete a survey on the future improvements. From improved cycle routes and bus facilities, more convenient crossing points, wider pavements and cycleways, to general enhancements to the local environment, the survey offers an ideal opportunity for people to have their say on the improvements that will take place in the future at Wallisdown Road. 

Larry Austin, Service Director for Environment, said: “We’re delighted to have successfully secured this funding from central government and Dorset LEP to improve this major commuter route between Bournemouth and Poole. "

Mr Austin added: “Implementing improved pedestrian, cycling and bus facilities at Wallisdown Road will see positive benefits for road users, and address safety concerns for cyclists, pedestrians and bus users.  We would encourage anyone who lives, works and travels regularly though this part of town to take part in the survey.”

Jim Stewart Chair Dorset LEP said: “Dorset LEP is pleased to have been able to secure up to £1.3 million for this major upgrade to a critical Bournemouth-Poole commuter corridor, especially with its emphasis on sustainable transport. The scheme will help address the wider long-standing congestion and road safety issues along the Wallisdown Road, which currently present a significant cost to the local economy.”

Residents and businesses in the immediate area will receive a postal survey, and those who regularly travel via Wallisdown Road are invited to complete an online survey by visiting Bournemouth.gov.uk/wallisdownroad.  The deadline to respond to the survey is Friday 3 August 2018.

The information gathered through the survey will influence the changes that take place in the future. Construction at Work is likely to get underway in 2020.