Wallisdown Road West Improvement Scheme

The next phase of major improvement works on Wallisdown Road will start in October 2020.

The next phase of major infrastructure improvements in the Wallisdown area will commence in October 2020. It aims to improve safety and encourage more people to walk or cycle in the area.

This latest scheme forms part of the Wallisdown Corridor improvements and will focus on the western part of Wallisdown Road, from Mountbatten Arms roundabout to Bryant Road Junction.  To minimise the impact on local residents and businesses, the scheme will be delivered in a number of phases.

These phases will:

  • Introduce new controlled crossings near Sunnymoor Road and reposition the existing crossings at Discovery Court and Canford Avenue
  • Install protected cycleways and footpaths along the majority of the route with priority across side roads
  • Improve the footpaths along the corridor and narrowing the side roads crossings to improve safety
  • Support bus travel with better stops, waiting areas, shelters and live passenger information points
  • Reduce the speed limit to 30mph, ensuring lower vehicle speeds and create a safer environment for all road users
  • Create a more attractive area for residents with tree planting and landscaping.

Initial preparatory works will take place in October. Works will then begin in November on a section of the Wallisdown Road, from Mountbatten Arms to the western end of Benbow Crescent. This phase will last for approximately 6 months. At times this will require night working and road closures. 

The Wallisdown West improvements support BCP Council’s priorities for a greener and more sustainable environment. The improvements will encourage more people to choose healthier and more environmentally friendly travel options, by improving accessibility and safety.

You can see representations of the planned improvements in our visual exhibition.

Latest updates and information

During investigatory work for the planned improvements to Wallisdown Road West area, a number of cherry trees were identified as either dead or in poor condition and required removing for safety reasons. A future replacement programme is currently being considered.

In addition, we plan to carry out vegetation clearance along the Turbary Common / Wallisdown Road Boundary. This will remove a significant area of gorse which will allow for the widening of the off carriageway facilities. In this area and forming part of this scheme, landscaping will then take place to improve the natural habitat for native species on the Common.

Funding

The scheme is part funded by a £1 million Local Growth Fund investment from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (Dorset LEP) and by BCP Council.