Town Centre West safety improvement works phase two to start

Posted on Thursday 29th March 2018

Phase two of works to provide pedestrian and cycle friendly measures in Bournemouth town centre west get underway from April 3.

The measures will complete works started as phase one last year to introduce a 20mph speed limit in the heart of the town. The aim is to provide safer routes for residents and visitors accessing Central Gardens and town centre shops and businesses.

The final phase of works will include zebra crossings installed on Bourne Avenue and Braidley Road, additional traffic calming measures, improved disabled parking facilities and removal of unnecessary street furniture clutter.

Councillor Mike Greene, portfolio holder for Transport, said: “I am delighted that the second phase of works to improve safety and accessibility in a busy area of the town centre are getting underway.  The scheme will slow down traffic in areas where so many people cross, making it safer and easier for cyclists to cross the roads around the Square and the Central Gardens.”

The works are expected to take four months to complete. During this time, there will be temporary road closures at specific times and traffic signals in place to ensure the safety of those working on the highway.

The initial works schedule includes:

12-13 April –  Night closure from 8pm to 6am Bourne Avenue west exit of the roundabout

13-14 April –  Night closure from 8pm to 6am Braidley Road exit of the roundabout

30 April- 4 May – Bourne Avenue/ Avenue Road (Town Centre loop) will be closed. Access for residents only via Bourne Avenue. No through access from Marks and Spencer’s.

7 May- 18 May – One way road closure of Bourne Avenue/ Avenue Road from the triangle. Traffic may only exit the Braidley Road/ Bourne Avenue roundabout.  Traffic from Commercial Road will be redirected via Suffolk Road/ Wessex Way / Richmond Hill.

Information about the diversion of bus services will be available on the bus company websites.

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