Saturday, February 24, 2024

Work on £7.7m project to transform Lansdowne progresses


The overall plan is to revamp the public areas in and around Lansdowne

Work on the £7.7 million project to transform Bournemouth’s Lansdowne district has been progressing well over the past week, council officials say.

Holdenhurst Road closed for 12 weeks, last month, as part of the initiative – which represents the first stage of BCP Council’s long-term ‘vision for the area’.

The overall plan is to revamp the public areas in and around Lansdowne, with the creation of outdoor event space, public art areas, outdoor areas and new protected cycle route and pedestrian crossing points.

Speaking when work started on the first phase of the project, Cllr Philip Broadhead, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration at BCP Council, said: Supporting economic recovery, this will help to invite people back into local businesses who will be looking to bounce back once restrictions are lifted.

Our long-term vision remains the same and we hope this initial phase becomes a springboard for future investment and change, he said.

Work carried out in the past week includes the installation of the majority of new kerb line; the excavation of new footpaths ready for installation of new paving slabs; and the excavation of area where new trees will be planted.

A BCP Council spokesman said: Holdenhurst Road remains closed from Lansdowne roundabout to St Swithun’s roundabout. If you are returning to work, or planning a visit to our local shops this week, allow extra time for your journeys. You can also walk or cycle through the area. Access to all premises on Holdenhurst Road is also being maintained, so you can return to and support your local businesses.

When the scheme was first considered by Bournemouth council, it was planned to make Holdenhurst Road fully pedestrianised.

However, increasing costs and pressure from bus companies saw this scaled back to allow bus access but the newly-approved scheme will allow all traffic to use the route.

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