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Work on the final phase of walking, wheeling and cycling improvements in the Glenferness Avenue area in Bournemouth around Leven Avenue, Benellen Avenue, Branksome Wood Road, Queen’s Road and Prince of Wales Road into the Upper Gardens started on 20th May.

A series of toucan, parallel and zebra crossings are planned as well as widened shared walking and cycling paths, speed bumps, the introduction of a 20mph zone, junction improvements and a section of stepped cycle lane. Once complete Bournemouth will benefit from a safe and sustainable travel route running all the way between the town centre, Talbot Woods, Winton and Wallisdown.
The work, funded by central government’s Transforming Cities Fund*, will initially focus on improvements around the Glenferness Avenue and Leven Avenue junction, then on Leven Avenue, Benellen Avenue, Benellen Road and Walsford Road and last for 20 weeks. Leven Avenue at its junction with Glenferness Avenue will be closed to motorised traffic for the duration of this period. A series of temporary localised closures will also take place at the following junctions:

Leven Avenue, Walsford Road and Benellen Avenue
Benellen Road and Glenferness Avenue
Walsford Road and Glenferness Avenue
Benellen Gardens and Branksome Wood Road
Benellen Road and Benellen Avenue

Diversion routes for the closures will be signposted. Access for people walking and cycling will be maintained.
Following this phase of work, improvements will move to Branksome Wood Road, Queen’s Road and Prince of Wales Road completing the sustainable route links into Bournemouth Gardens and the town centre.

Councillor Andy Hadley, portfolio holder for climate response, environment and energy at BCP Council, said:

“This significant investment in sustainable travel is making a real, practical difference to our local community. It gives many more people the confidence and opportunity to make safe and healthy journeys by foot, wheel and bike to local schools, our universities, town centre, and employment areas between Bournemouth, Talbot Woods, Winton and Wallisdown.”

“As a council we are committed to providing and encouraging use of active travel facilities. Doing so not only reduces traffic congestion and our environmental footprint but creates healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities.”

“I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing patience while these important improvements are undertaken. We’re all looking forward to the work finishing and the new facilities open and ready for use.”

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