Boundary Roundabout Improvement Scheme

Boundary Roundabout is the focus of a major infrastructure improvement and investment scheme.

Phase 1 of the works commenced on June 22 and will be completed week beginning 31 August, slightly ahead of schedule and in readiness for a potential increase in traffic as children go back to school and more employees return to their workplaces.

Phase 2 will commence on Tuesday 2 September, with work moving to the south side of the roundabout.

Boundary Road will now reopen to northbound traffic heading towards Ensbury Park, but for southbound traffic, heading towards Boundary Roundabout, the road will remain closed at Victoria Park Road, except for local access.

To permit this and to maintain a safe working environment, travel around Boundary Roundabout will continue to be restricted. Traffic from Talbot Avenue can only travel straight ahead onto University Roundabout. Traffic on Wallisdown Road travelling from University Roundabout is able to turn left onto Boundary Road or travel straight ahead onto Talbot Avenue. Road users approaching the roundabout from Talbot Avenue who wish to access Boundary Road will need to continue to University Roundabout before returning to access Boundary Road.

The section of Talbot Avenue between Boundary and Talbot Roundabouts will continue to be reduced from four lanes to two.

By closing Boundary Road in one direction and placing restrictions on the roundabout we are able to increase the number of resources on site, reduce the overall impact on the highway network and maintain the traffic flow along Wallisdown Road.

To undertake this phase of works, it has also been necessary to close Gillett Road to all vehicles in both directions.

See map of Boundary Road part-closure and Gillett Road closure

Work on this phase is expected to continue until 12 December 2020.

The improvements all form part of a wider scheme to create better transport links across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The main objectives of the scheme are to reduce collisions, improve cycle and pedestrian facilities to encourage sustainable travel at Boundary Roundabout and adjoining Roads; Talbot Avenue, Boundary Road, Wallisdown Road and Gillett Road, Bournemouth.

These works will include:

  • removing the existing roundabout and replacing it with a smaller one to reduce traffic speeds and improve safety
  • installing Toucan Crossings on Wallisdown Road and Boundary Road near to the roundabout to provide safer controlled crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists
  • installing combined footpaths/cycleways around the roundabout
  • removing the existing pedestrian crossing on Talbot Avenue and replacing it with a toucan crossing closer to the roundabout
  • widening the footpath on the north-side of Talbot Avenue to create a combined footpath/cycleway between Boundary and Talbot Roundabouts
  • improving the existing footpath/cycleway on the south-side of Talbot Avenue
  • installing a side road entry treatment across White Farm Close
  • installing new central island with green living fence on Talbot Avenue
  • landscaping areas and tree planting.

Digital Exhibition

Providing local residents with an indication of what the scheme will look like when completed. See 3D visualisation for the future of Boundary Roundabout

Download a detailed plan of works.


Boundary Roundabout is being transformed thanks to a £1.6 million in funding secured by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Local Growth Fund together with £313,400 from BCP Council.

Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders. Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is a business led private and public sector partnership, promoting local economic growth and prosperity. Dorset LEP deliver projects that support and develop infrastructure, housing, skills, enterprise and business growth to achieve long-term economic benefit for all in Dorset. For more information visit the Dorset LEP website.