Work to begin on new 4.3km sustainable travel route on Wimborne Road, Ferndown in March

Work is set to begin in March on the construction of new sustainable travel facilities along Wimborne Road East and West in Ferndown between Canford Bottom and Trickett’s Cross roundabouts.The project will take place in three phases and will see the area benefit from 4.3km of new cycle, walking and bus infrastructure improvements.

It will form part of the 27km green travel route linking Wimborne and Ferndown with Poole town centre, which includes the new cycle and walking paths and bus improvement work currently underway along Leigh Road, Wimborne Road West and Ringwood Road.

The work is being undertaken by Dorset Council and is part of the £100m+ south east Dorset Transforming Cities Fund1 (TCF) programme, a joint project between Dorset and BCP councils, the largest ever programme of investment in sustainable transport infrastructure in the region.

The first phase of work is along the 1.5km section of Wimborne Road between Cobham Road and Canford Bottom Roundabout. Due to start construction early March 2022 and complete in autumn 2022, the work includes:

The improvements will connect to the Castleman Trailwayand other existing cycle routes on Leigh Road and Ham Lane. The improvements will also connect with future TCF schemes on Ringwood Road, providing a joined-up network in the area.

Dorset Council will also be working together with Southern Gas Networks (SGN) on this project, who will be replacing a gas main between Uddens Drive and Cobham Road at the same time. This will combine the projects and ensure traffic disruption is reduced as much as possible. Southern Gas Network’s project starts on 7 February 2022.

Work to begin on new 4.3km sustainable travel route on Wimborne Road, Ferndown in March

Phase two covers the section of Wimborne Road between Trickett’s Cross Roundabout and West Moors Road.Work is due to start on late March 2022 with completion anticipated for autumn 2022. Phase two works include:

To minimise traffic disruption and maximise efficiencies, construction will be undertaken in sections up to 400m long. Traffic will be managed with a mix of traffic lights and stop/go boards. Some road closures and diversions will be required; affected businesses and residents will be informed about these around two weeks beforehand.

The final third phase of work on Wimborne Road between Cobham Road and West Moors Road is anticipated to start following completion of phase one in autumn 2022. Design work is ongoing for this phase and further information will be provided at a later date.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment said:

“South East Dorset is one of the most congested regions in the country. We are proud to be investing in safe, sustainable ways of getting around locally without having to rely on the car all the time.The new cycle, walking and bus improvements along Wimborne Road provide quick and easy ways of travelling to and from residential areas, local schools and centres of employment including Ferndown town centre and Ferndown Industrial Estate.

“We have been particularly keen to take the views of local residents and businesses into consideration when developing these plans.We hope that once completed, these improvements will significantly benefit the Ferndown area and provide much needed upgrades to the local transport infrastructure.

“The route will connect into the current sustainable travel improvements on Leigh Road and Ringwood Road eventually creating a continuous link between Wimborne, Ferndown, Longham and further afield to Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.We are excited about these improvements which will transform local travel, help to reduce road congestion and pollution, improve air quality and bring both economic and health benefits.”

Danny Godfrey, Chairman of Ferndown and Uddens Business Improvement District said:

“We welcome the improvements along Wimborne Road that will make walking, cycling or catching the bus to work much more appealing.There are many benefits to active travel, not only physical and mental health benefits but also journey reliability and doing your bit for the environment by reducing car emissions.With over 4,000 people working on the Ferndown Industrial Estate, we look forward to the completion of the project and local workers being able to use the new facilities.”

Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran 10 May to 14 June 2021.All responses were analysed and helped shape the final scheme designs.

A report summarising the results of consultation for the Canford Bottom Roundabout – Cobham Road route is available here and for the West Moors Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout route here.

A ‘responses to consultation’ report for the Canford Bottom Roundabout – Cobham Road route is available here and for the West Moors Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout route here.

Reports for the Cobham Road – West Moors Road route will be published once design plans have been finalised.

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