Warning
A section of Wimborne Road East will be closing overnight from 8pm to 6am on 3, 4 and 5 August, from Trickett’s Cross Roundabout to Woodland Walk for road re-surfacing. During the work a diversion will be in place around the A31 from Trickett’s Cross and Palmersford Roundabouts to Canford Bottom Roundabout and vice versa. Thank you for your patience while the work is carried out.

As part of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) investment, Dorset Council will be building 4.3km of new cycle and walking improvements along Wimborne Road East and West in Ferndown, between Canford Bottom and Trickett’s Cross Roundabouts.

The works form part of the Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne route. One of six sustainable travel routes planned as part of the south east Dorset TCF programme.

What we’re planning to do

This project aims to provide a safe, sustainable transport link between residential areas, local schools, and centres of employment like Ferndown town centre and Ferndown Industrial Estate. The proposed improvements aim to transform local travel, help to reduce road congestion and pollution, improve air quality, and bring economic and health benefits.

Once complete, it will connect into the improvements on Leigh Road and Ringwood Road creating a continuous connection between Wimborne, Ferndown, Longham and further afield to Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.

The works on Wimborne Road will be split into three phases:

  • Cobham Road - Canford Bottom Roundabout
  • West Moors Road – Cobham Road
  • Trickett’s Cross Roundabout – West Moors Road

The proposals for the Wimborne Road corridor include:

  • a combination of new shared use and segregated paths for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users to use on the north side of the road. This will link into the Castleman Trailway and other existing routes.
  • improved bus access, including the introduction of new shelters and real time information
  • new crossing points for both pedestrians and cyclists, to connect neighbourhoods to the north of the road to Ferndown town centre and local schools
  • a reduction in vehicle speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, where appropriate, to improve safety for those walking and cycling in the area
  • working with Southern Gas Networks (SGN) to replace a gas main between Uddens Drive and Cobham Road. Collaborative working like this helps to reduce traffic disruption associated with multiple works on the highway.

Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran 10 May to 14 June 2021. All responses were analysed and helped shape the final scheme designs. Reports summarising the results are available below.

Proposal plans

See the location of works from Canford Bottom roundabout to Cobham Road. Click to enlarge the image: 

Improvements along the 1.5km section of Wimborne Road West, between Canford Bottom Roundabout and Cobham Road include:

  • a new 3.5m-wide shared use facility for both walking and cycling installed on the north side of the road, with wildflower planting introduced along the route. This will connect into the Castleman Trailway and the existing provision on Canford Bottom Roundabout
  • 2 bus stop laybys and one regular layby on the north side of the road will be removed to provide space for the shared path
  • bus stops along the route will be upgraded, with new shelters and real time information introduced, and accessibility improvements made
  • dedicated right-turn lane for traffic into Stapehill Abbey will be removed to provide space for shared path. Vehicles will still be able to turn right into the road
  • improvements made at the Stapehill Road and Uddens Drive junctions, with layouts enhanced to improve safety and the introduction of a signalised crossing point. A short section of existing footpath on the south side of the road near Stapehill Road will be removed as the new crossing provides safer access to the north side of Wimborne Road West
  • improvements made at Cobham Road, with the junction redesigned with new technology introduced. The dedicated left-turn lane into the industrial estate will remain. New crossings will be installed, with a segregated cycle and pedestrian crossing over Cobham Road and a pedestrian crossing over Wimborne Road providing access to the westbound bus stop

See the location of works from Trickett’s Cross Roundabout to West Moors Road. Click to enlarge the image: 

Improvements along the 800m section of Wimborne Road West, between Trickett’s Cross Roundabout and West Moors Road include:

  • the existing footway on the north side of Wimborne Road East will be widened and converted to a 3m-wide shared use facility for both walking and cycling, between Trickett’s Cross Roundabout and Martins Drive. The shared path will have priority over adjoining roads  
  • a new toucan crossing will be installed by Trickett’s Cross roundabout, connecting the proposed provision on Ringwood Road to the new shared path 
  • a new central island installed near Woodland Walk 
  • improvements will be made for pedestrians at the junctions of adjoining roads on the south side of Wimborne Road East, including dropped kerbs and tactile paving 
  • a new two-way cycle track will be installed, separated from the existing footpath, between Martins Drive and the western end of the Wimborne Road service road. The area will be landscaped with tree planting and wildflower areas 
  • the bus stops along the route will be upgraded with new shelters, real time information and accessibility improvements. The eastbound bus stop near Badgers Walk will be relocated slightly further east and the layby removed to provide space for the shared path 
  • changes between the western end of the Wimborne Road service road and West Moors Road will be delivered as part of the next section between West Moors Road and Cobham Road 

The final third phase of work on Wimborne Road between Cobham Road and West Moors Road is anticipated to start following completion of phase one in autumn 2022. Design work is ongoing for this phase and further information will be provided at a later date.

Artists impressions



Artist’s impression of Wimborne Road and Cobham Road junction, Ferndown


Artist impression of Wimborne Road, Stapehill Road and Uddens Drive junction, Ferndown

Schedule of works

The proposals between Canford Bottom roundabout and Trickett’s Cross roundabout are split into three sections, and the construction start dates will be staggered through the year: 

  • Anticipated Start – Early March 2022: Canford Bottom Roundabout – Cobham Road
  • Anticipated Start – Late March 2022: West Moors Road – Trickett’s Cross Roundabout
  • Anticipated Start – Autumn 2022: Cobham Road – West Moors Road

To minimise traffic disruption and maximise efficiencies, construction will be undertaken in sections up to 400m long. Traffic will be managed with a mix of traffic lights and stop/go boards. Some road closures and diversions will be required. Information on any closures will be shared on this page in advance to help reduce disruption to your travel. Businesses and residents located directly alongside the works will receive notification letters around two weeks before we move to the construction section their property is within.

The work will follow current public health and government guidance as well as industry best practice for health and safety considerations.

Contact us

Contact us if you have questions about this project:

Transforming Travel project team

Email: transformingtravel@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 221025
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