Transforming Cities Fund

South East Dorset Bid into Department of Transport's Transforming Cities Fund

Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck councils are one of twelve city regions set to receive a share of £1.28bn as part of the Department for Transport’s £2.5bn Transforming Cities Fund.

The South East Dorset city region is now working up plans and business cases for presentation to an investment panel which will decide on the final allocation next year.

Plans will focus on tackling the long-standing traffic congestion issues around the conurbation by creating a modern and accessible transport system. These will provide better links from Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch to Wimborne and Ferndown as well as east-west routes such as along Wallisdown Road and Castle Lane.

The target is to reduce car trips by five per cent by 2022.

Specifically, the investment will focus on:

  • Sustainable/Digital Transport Corridors providing attractive, high-speed, direct bus connectivity with greater priority to outlying areas, and fibre optic cabling to enable Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart City technology
  • Cycle Highway Corridors providing direct, safe and continuous cycle routes
  • Transport Hub Improvements enabling easier transfer between transport modes
  • Technology real-time traffic management co-ordination including a comprehensive travel app and electric bus infrastructure. 

This investment will enable the region to deliver 20,000 new jobs and around 30,000 new homes by 2026.

In June 2018 Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset, Christchurch, East Dorset and Purbeck councils submitted a major application to the Department for Transport (DfT) to transform the transport infrastructure in the city region.

Documents supporting this bid included:

More Information

For more detail on the Transforming Cities Fund

Adrian Hale - Transforming Cities Fund Bid Manager