Views Wanted On Major Road Improvements

People in Poole have until the end of today (Friday 10 May) to have their say on how £1 million will be spent on improving travel along Ashley Road in Parkstone.

Borough of Poole has allocated funding from the £12.1 million Three Towns Travel project for travel options in between Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch and wants to hear the views of local people.

The government-funded improvements along Ashley Road are themed around:

* Better bus stops and improved bus journey time/reliability
* On-street cycle lanes and secure bicycle storage
* More pedestrian crossings, particularly for people with disabilities
* Better local environment, including more planting and improved air quality
* Reduced traffic congestion

People can complete an online questionnaire about what is important for Ashley Road at which will be available until Friday 10 May 2013.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Local Economy, Borough of Poole, said:

"We have had a tremendous response to the questionnaire so far with over 650 completed forms received.

"These responses, along with information gathered from a previous public engagement exercise carried out in February, will help shape travel improvement proposals along Ashley Road.

"However, it's still not too late to have your say so whether you walk, cycle, use the bus or car, please complete the questionnaire by Friday and help shape Ashley Road for the future."

Once the priorities have been established from this consultation, options for improvements will be drawn up for consideration.

A further public consultation on these options will be held in the summer, with the works likely to start later this year for completion by Spring 2015. 

Three Towns Travel is a £12.1 million scheme for Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Funding has come from a national  £560 million fund called the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which is designed to help local transport authorities support the local economy and reduce carbon emissions from transport.