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Public to have say on improving cycle and bus routes between Christchurch and Poole

A CGI of the proposed plans for cycle paths in the BCP area
A CGI of the proposed plans for cycle paths in the BCP area

A MAJOR consultation has been launched over plans for improved cycling routes and better bus connections between Christchurch and Poole

The project by BCP and Dorset councils will see a “connectivity corridor” between the two towns, involving infrastructure improvements to bus, cycle and walking routes, and four new cycleways across east Dorset, including one between Christchurch and Bournemouth.

Proposals include new bus shelters, pedestrian crossings, wider pavements, the installation of bridges, junction improvements prioritising pedestrians and cyclists, lower speed limits, and improved pavement access for people with mobility needs including dropped kerbs and tactile paving.

Cllr Mike Greene, cabinet member for transport and sustainability at BCP Council, said: “These planned sustainable travel routes will make a real difference to how people are able to get around locally.

“Walking, cycling and travelling by bus will become much more appealing, encouraging greener and healthier journeys – good news for both our economy and planet.”

The scheme is being funded by a £79m grant from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund, which invests in sustainable transport. This was boosted to £102m by contributions from both councils, developers, bus companies and bike share operators.

The consultation follows an initial public engagement exercise last year, the results of which informed the proposed design plans.

The first consultation phase, running until the end of March, will cover four routes, including one between Jumpers Common, Christchurch, and Bournemouth railway station.

The second part of the consultation between the end of March and mid-May, will focus on two routes, one being between Christchurch and Merley in Poole.

For more information or to take part in the consultation, go to haveyoursay.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/transforming-travel

Printed copies of the proposals and the response survey are also available on request by emailing transformingtravel@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or calling 01202 451451

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