Hurrah! Busy road connecting Bournemouth and Poole to fully reopen from TONIGHT
DRIVERS can rejoice as a key route connecting Bournemouth and Poole will fully reopen from TONIGHT.
Wallisdown Road, a route used by thousands of motorists every day, will fully reopen after months of roadworks from 8pm on Thursday, February 2, the council has confirmed.
Initially due to be completed in mid-December, the work to install a cycle lane was held back because of heavy rainfall experienced and residents, businesses and drivers have been left increasingly frustrated by the disruption caused by the work.
Work, which started in October, was supposed to last 10 weeks but motorists have endured diversions and congestion for 16 weeks.
Read more: Letter to the Editor: Wallisdown Road work not worth it
The council’s ‘improvements’ of the Wallisdown area started near Mountbatten Arms in November 2020 – including a cycle lane along the busy Wallisdown Road.
The two-way cycle lane made headlines last year when motorists criticised it as being “unsightly” and “too big”.
The two-way cycle lanes are 9.5ft wide, meaning cyclists and walkers have a combined 33ft of room, while the carriageway for vehicles has been narrowed to just over 10ft per lane.
BH Active Travel argued the lanes are built to the new guidelines from the Department for Transport and that they are “100 per cent true that they are not being used to capacity".