Whitelegg Way will be open to two-way traffic, the new cycleways in operation and the diversion along Wimborne Road to Northbourne roundabout removed [from 29 November]. It will be replaced by a new diversion for a road closure on the service road on the east side of Wimborne Road and its junction with Whitelegg Way covering the next phase of work. The new diversion will run from 29 November 2021 to 11 March 2022, although it is anticipated that the diversion will be removed between 23 December 2021 and 3 January 2022.
The next phase of work, due to complete mid-March 2022, includes:
A 4-metre-wide toucan crossing across Whitelegg Way close to Redhill roundabout.
A raised table crossing – a traffic calming measure – across the junction where Old Road (east side of Wimborne Road) meets Whitelegg Way. This includes new shared use paths across adjoining side roads, with new shared use paths to allow eastbound cyclists access to the road.
New cycle and walking paths either side of Whitelegg Way from Redhill Roundabout up to Wimborne Road slip road.
Removal of the left-turn from Wimborne Road onto Whitelegg Way to reduce waiting times for buses, cars and cyclists. There will be a dedicated waiting space for cyclists at the junction, as well as a head start for cyclists before vehicles when lights turn green.
New bus stop shelters and real time information displays along Wimborne Road slip road.
Changes already made to Whitelegg Way so far include:
New, dedicated (segregated from traffic) cycle lanes along both sides of Whitelegg Way between Northbourne Roundabout up to the Wimborne Road slip road providing a safe and protected route for cyclists.
The reduction of the speed limit along Whitelegg Way from 40mph to 30mph to make the road safer for drivers and cyclists.
Upgrading and relocating the existing crossing closer to Northbourne Roundabout with new walking and cycling links into Wimborne Road.
Upgrading the street lighting.
Resurfacing the carriageway.
Upgrading the traffic signs.
Councillor Mike Greene, BCP Council’s portfolio holder for transport and sustainability, said: “I’m pleased to see good progress being made on the sustainable travel improvements along Whitelegg Way, which will eventually form part of a 13km sustainable travel link between Merley and Christchurch, creating alternative travel options, particularly for short journeys along this route.
"Our aim as a council, and through our Transforming Travel programme, is to reduce traffic congestion by offering safe, fast, and reliable active travel choices. Just one trip by bike, bus or walking means one fewer car on the road, freeing up space for those that do need to drive. Coupled with obvious clean air benefits, this is good news for everyone, however they choose to travel.”
BCP Council apologises in advance for the inevitable delays and inconvenience these works will bring and is doing all that it can to minimise the disruption, including the planned removal of the diversion over the Christmas period.
Located 3.5km from Castlepoint shopping centre and 1km from Redhill Park, the sustainable travel improvements in and around Whitelegg Way will provide a safe, convenient route for those wishing to use active travel to get to work, school, shops, see more of the region or simply get more exercise. It forms part of the area’s commitment to active travel, particularly for shorter journeys, to help ease road congestion and improve air quality.
The changes to Whitelegg Way are the first of several phases of work planned for the 13km sustainable travel route linking Merley (Poole) and Christchurch. Further work will be taking place off both Redhill and Northbourne roundabouts in 2022.