Dorset County Council announce sustainable travel schemes for Christchurch0
Dorset County Council is developing five schemes to enhance sustainable transport in the borough as part of the Three Towns Travel project for the A35 corridor through Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole.
In Christchurch, £1.1m has been earmarked from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to make it easier for residents to travel by walking, cycling and using the bus.
Engineers are looking at improving the Stour Road junction with Bargates to make buses more reliable by making it easier for them to turn right onto Bargates. Plans also include upgrading Purewell Cross junction to include more pedestrian ‘push button’ crossings to make it safer and encourage residents to walk into town.
There are also two cycleways being designed, one along the north side of Somerford Road and one along Barrack Road. These aim to improve cycle access into the town centre.
The fifth proposed scheme for Christchurch is the signalisation of traffic passing under Stony Lane Railway Bridge. This will allow the footpath/cycleway to be widened and make it safer for disability scooter users and parents with buggies, as well as cyclists, to access the town centre.
Plans will be on display and questionnaires will be available, with a county council engineer on hand to answer questions, at the following exhibitions:
Wednesday 26 June – The Somerford pub, 11am to 4pm
Thursday 27 June – Somerford Youth Centre, 1pm to 6pm
Monday 1 July – Christchurch Library, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 4 July – Christchurch Library, 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Residents can also pick up a questionnaire and see an overview of the Three Towns Travel proposals for Christchurch at the Civic Centre on Bridge Street from Wednesday 26 June to Friday 5 July.