RADICAL plans to redevelop Boscombe precinct in 2014 have been unveiled by Bournemouth Council.

Council plans to re-develop Boscombe precinct and Christchurch Road in 2014, put to public consultation                                        Council plans to re-develop Boscombe precinct and Christchurch Road in 2014, put to public consultation

RADICAL plans to redevelop Boscombe precinct in 2014 have been unveiled by Bournemouth Council.

The £1.2 million scheme includes proposals to create a ‘shared space’ environment in Christchurch Road, at the western end of the precinct, by altering pavement and road layout, as well as introducing cycle lanes and bus priority signals.

It is intended to encourage drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to use the area together responsibly, and open up the shopping area.

The proposals, which will see the precinct revamped with improved street furniture and layout, go to public consultation on Monday.

Transportation services manager Ian Kalra said: “The precinct is looking a bit tired now, and there are issues about congestion and safety on Christchurch Road.

“We will be improving facilities for pedestrians and reducing the clutter which has built up over the years.

“Traffic management has generally been about segregation, using control to make the environment safer.

“The shared space concept is a departure from that, meaning drivers can’t just rely on signs and road markings and have to think about what they are doing.”

The proposals have been developed with Hamilton-Baillie Associates, who have introduced a shared space scheme in Poynton, Cheshire.

Bournemouth Echo

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