Wallisdown Corridor FAQs
What’s happening in the Wallisdown area?
The Wallisdown Corridor is the focus of a major infrastructure investment schemes. These aim to:
- Improve access to public transport, walking and cycling facilities
- Reduce road collisions and casualties
- Create a higher quality public realm
- Improve journeys time reliability
As part of the next phase of delivery Wallisdown Road, including its junctions with Alton Road and Talbot Drive, will be closed for approximately two and half weeks from Saturday 4 April 2020.
This will enable essential maintenance to be carried out on Wallisdown Road, from Boundary Roundabout to Fern Barrow Road. Works will include a full-depth reconstruction of the existing carriageway which is approaching the end of its useable lifespan.
Design proposals for major improvements to Boundary Roundabout will be available to view at a public exhibition being held in March 2020.
When will the works on Wallisdown Road be completed?
To keep disruption to a minimum we will endeavour to complete the current phase of works on Wallisdown Road within the shortest possible timeframe. This necessitates a two and a half week closure in April.
The construction method we have chosen is road recycling as this will take weeks rather than months to undertake. It will also reduce carbon emissions by 30% compared to other more traditional methods.
Consecutive, double shift and weekend working will be undertaken when practical except for adverse weather preventing specific work from being carried out.
Future works at Boundary Roundabout will be taking place. Work on this phase is likely to begin in the Spring.
Will I still be able to access my property?
Residents and businesses directly affected have been contacted and we will be working proactively to maintain property access during the works.
The works area is between Wallisdown Roundabout and University Roundabout. We will, therefore, need to close the road between University Roundabout and Boundary Roundabout to prevent main through traffic heading to University Roundabout and instead follow the main diversionary route.
For those residents living between Boundary Roundabout and University Roundabout you will be able to gain access via Gillett Road, Fern Barrow to University Roundabout.
Access to Old Talbot Village will be maintained. To access Old Talbot Village you will need to go via Gillet Road, Fern Barrow Road and University Roundabout to Slades Lane. A useful map for residents is available here.
Why can’t works be undertaken at night?
The nature of the works and their proximity to neighbouring properties prevent 24/7 working due to noise pollution as a result of the use of heavy equipment.
Why can’t Wallisdown Road be kept open during peak hours?
The essential works taking place in April, involve a complete full-depth reconstruction of the entire carriageway between Boundary Roundabout and Fern Barrow Road. For both safety and practical reasons, this prevents the road from being reopened during peak times.
We have also identified the Easter holidays as the most optimal time for closing the road in order to minimise the impact of the works on residents, local businesses, the Universities and commuters.
Why not close half the road now and keep one side open under temporary traffic lights?
If we were to keep the carriageway even partially open this would significantly increase the time taken to complete the works. To minimise disruption, we aim to complete the works in the shortest possible timeframe.
Access for residents will be maintained.
How much do are the works costing and why can’t the money be spent elsewhere fixing potholes etc.?
We are carrying out these improvements through specific funding allocation from central government via the Local Transport Plan (LTP) capital programme, the National Productivity Investment Fund and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership’s (DLEP) Growth Deal Fund.
Additional funding is being sought for future works at Boundary Roundabout.
Will this work have a major impact on the local business economy?
The benefits of the scheme, include improving journey time reliability, encouraging the use of sustainable transport, creating a better public realm and improving air quality.
This will support economic growth in the long term and enable the continued development of local businesses and adjacent Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth.
We have a huge opportunity to create a connected region and the Wallisdown Corridor is intended to link up to future schemes which will address the strategic need for good quality road and public transport connections between Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
What happening at Boundary Roundabout?
Future plans for Boundary Roundabout aim to address the urgent need for better pedestrian and cycle facilities in the area. In six years from 2013 to 2018, there were 22 collisions, resulting in 22 casualties. 77% of which involved cyclists and 95% involving vulnerable road users (cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists).
Requiring works within the roundabout to be undertaken in advance, the improvements which we will begin implementing in Spring will reduce collisions and casualties in the future by providing safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. They will also encourage the use of more sustainable, healthier and environmentally friendly modes of transport.
Why were the trees cut down on Boundary Roundabout?
Requiring recent preparatory works, this scheme will see a major reconfiguration of the roundabout and every effort has been made throughout the design process to avoid the removal of trees.
To mitigate the loss of some trees, a replacement programme will ensure that more new trees are planted around the roundabout than were removed. In addition, wildflowers and planting will also be introduced. This will create a more attractive public realm for both residents and visitors.
The final design proposals for Boundary Roundabout will be available to view at a public exhibition in March.
How can I plan my journey?
Throughout the upcoming works on Wallisdown Road, we encourage you to allow extra time for your journeys and consider car sharing or utilise our local public transport network.
Travelling by bus
We are working closely with local bus companies to ensure they continue to efficiently operate in the local area. Both Yellow Buses and morebus will be making alterations to their routes and further information can be found on their websites, as well as on social media.
For more information and to plan your journey by bus, please visit:
The Wallisdown Road closure diversion route will operate via Boundary Road, Columbia Road and Kinson Road. A map is available to view here.
Additional parking restrictions will be in place along the diversionary route to enhance traffic flow, so we also encourage you to pay close attention to road signage or make the most of our cycling incentive.
Walking and Cycling
Access along Wallisdown Road will be maintained throughout the works for both pedestrians and cyclists.
Working in partnership with Beryl Bikes, we have facilitated a 50% discount on 200 minute riding bundles. Which means that these bundles are available for purchase at £5, rather than the standard £10 rate.
Working in partnership with local bike share scheme operator Beryl Bikes, we are facilitating a 50% discount on all minute riding bundles. The discount code WALLISDOWN50 can be used on the Beryl Bikes app and will be active from 1 April to 19 April. Beryl Bikes are available for instant hire cycle journeys across Bournemouth and Poole. This is offer will only be available for the first 1000 purchases.
To access this offer, download the Beryl Bikes app.
If you are travelling from further afield,Travel Dorset have a live map showing current road works and traffic conditions.
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