Narrow bridges

Glenferness Avenue Pedestrian and Cycle Bridges Approved

A planning application submitted by BCP Council for improvements to the bridge to allow safer walking and cycling on the railway line on Glenferness Avenue has been approved.

On the east side, a new, wider bridge that can accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists will replace the existing footbridge. On the west side of the road bridge, a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge will be built over the railway line. The road bridge itself will remain unchanged.

The new bridges will make the route safer for cyclists who currently have to cross the railway line using the narrow 6m wide road bridge, often ‘stuck’ close to the parapet walls as vehicles pass them.

BCP Council Portfolio Holder for Transportation and Sustainability, Cllr Mike Greene, said: “We are delighted that our planning application for this much needed work has been approved. The new bridges will provide a separate, safe space for people to walk and cycle on the train tracks, away from traffic.

“The current bridge is over 120 years old and was designed for the traffic of that time. It is a busy and important road linking the city to the campuses of Winton, Wallisdown and the University of Bournemouth. The new bridges will significantly improve walking and cycling connectivity to a wide variety of local destinations.

“These improvements, which have been carefully and sensitively designed to preserve the character of this conservation area, will significantly improve the safety of all users, futureproofing the way people travel and encouraging active and sustainable journeys to work, l education and recreation.

The works will be funded by the Transforming Cities South East Dorset fund and are expected to start in autumn 2023. They include:

  • A new 4m wide shared-use pedestrian and cycle bridge installed on the west side of the road bridge
  • Replacement of the existing walkway on the east side of the road bridge with a new 4m wide pedestrian and cycle walkway
  • The new bridges, straddling either side of the road bridge, will include a separate area for pedestrians and cyclists (demarcated by painted lines)

The design of the bridges was developed in close consultation with BCP Council’s tree, ecology and planning teams to reflect the character and setting of the conservation area. The cycle ramp walls will be constructed using red brick to match the existing road bridge, with dark green bridge parapets and mesh infill to maximize light and visibility for users.

The new cycle and footbridges will be linked to a series of proposed sustainable transport improvements along Glenferness Avenue, including new protected cycle paths and new parallel and toucan crossings.

A public consultation on the Transforming Cities Fund’s plans for Glenferness Avenue was held from February 24 to March 31, 2021. Plans for the bridges and other improvements were also presented at a public information meeting on the 10 November 2021.