Arts University Bournemouth has partnered with BCP and other local organisations to feed into sustainable transport plans across the region, and now AUB staff and students are being asked to offer their thoughts and views for the new proposals.
The Transforming Cities Fund is a £100million national scheme which aims to improve transport routes and encourage more sustainable travel, with a focus on greener, healthier and better-connected regions.
Initial public engagement took place last year, and feedback from these sessions has informed proposals for the local area. Across South east Dorset, the scheme looks at plans for 78km of new cycling and walking routes, as well as bus infrastructure improvements – reducing road congestion as well as carbon emissions in the BCP area.
The first phase of the consultation, which runs from 24 Feb until the end of March, looks at four areas;
- Bournemouth railway station to/from Jumpers Common, Christchurch
- Bournemouth town centre to/from Ferndown
- Poole town centre to/from Wareham Road, Holton Heath
- Poole town centre to/from Merley, Poole
The second phase of consultation, which runs from the end of March until mid-May, will cover two further routes;
- Poole town centre to/from Ferndown and Wimborne
- Merley, Poole to/from Christchurch
Among the ideas proposed are the creation of new and improved cycle and walking paths, new pedestrian crossings with wider pavements, and changes to road infrastructure to improve bus journey times. As part of the work, bridges will also be upgrades, along with junction improvements, and new wayfinding signage and lighting. Lower speed limits are also proposed, together with enhancements for bus shelters and crossings for people with mobility needs, including drop kerbs and tactile paving.
Tom Marshall, Head of Estates and Campus Services at AUB, said: “We’re very pleased to partner with BCP Council and other local organisations to have our say on how transport and travel could be improved across the local area.
“Not only providing vital economic and social value to the towns and cities in which they’re based, universities play a pivotal role in shaping key travel infrastructure improvements, as our students and staff continue to choose sustainable transport to reduce their carbon footprint.
“We’re keen for our community to share its views on this landmark scheme, which aims to improve access to areas further across the conurbation and encourage healthier, simpler and greener travel.”