Paving the way for better roads in Boscombe

In a bid to reduce traffic delays and maintain road safety for everyone on a busy route in Bournemouth, improvement works will get underway next week (5 May 2009) at Christchurch Road, Boscombe.

The following improvement works will be completed by the end of September:

• New traffic signals and crossing facilities installed at Boscombe Spa Road
• Widening of Christchurch Road opposite Boscombe Gardens to make way for new cycle lanes and bus lay-bys. Advance works on the land are already underway to make way for the scheme, which will provide better facilities for both cyclists and pedestrians.
• An upgrade to provide controlled crossing facilities at Manor Road/ Knyveton Road, and
• Essential maintenance work to the carriageway itself.

Mike Holmes, Service Director for Planning & Transport said; “This project has been specifically designed to reduce accidents and traffic delays on one of Boscombe’s heavily used roads, serving both the local community as well as commuters. All road users, whether on foot, driving or cycling will benefit from the finished outcome. I would like to reassure commuters and residents that we will be making it a priority to maintain two-way traffic flow during peak periods so that disruptions are kept to an absolute minimum.

“Improving our Environment is a top priority for this Council and these improvement works cover a range of areas, from road safety and better traffic flow, to sustainable travel. We are constantly looking at ways we can reduce our impact on the environment, with travel being a key issue. There are parts of this project which in the long term will make it easier for those who would like to go green in their travel to do so by benefiting from the new cycle lanes and bus lay-bys.”

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