A CYCLE lane being built in Bournemouth's Upper Gardens is set to be completed by the end of February.

Work on the cycle lane through Upper Gardens started in May 2021 and will form part of a sustainable transport route, which will eventually link Bournemouth centre to Ferndown.

So far, the first phase of the Upper Gardens improvement works has included:

Widening and resurfacing the existing cycle/footpath through the gardens where possible, dividing the path between walkers and cyclists with line markings and installing lighting upgrades to improve security improved wayfinding and signage.

Sections of the main cycling and walking path on the southern side of the gardens are being temporarily closed while the improvement works are carried out.

A diversion will be marked during the works in the gardens. Cyclists and walkers are asked to exercise caution and consideration whilst the work is ongoing.

All sections of the cycle lane in the Upper Gardens are on track to be completed by the end of February 2022.

The second phase of the Upper Gardens improvement works are due to start late 2022 and will include:

Widening of the existing footway on the eastern side of Prince of Wales Road and Queens Road, creating shared space for pedestrians and cyclists, with new crossing points on both roads.

New crossings on Branksome Wood Road near its junctions with Prince of Wales Road and Queens Road to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely.

The first section of the Major Bournemouth Town Centre to/from Ferndown Sustainable Transport Route.

The Upper Gardens stretch is the southernmost section of a major sustainable travel route that will run from Bournemouth town centre to Ferndown. The route will include new continuous cycle and walking lanes, improvements to bus stops and bus lanes, new technology giving service information updates, new parallel pedestrian and cycling crossings, and walking, cycling and traffic control infrastructure.

A spokesperson for BCP Council said: "Plans for these improvements were informed by responses gathered during public engagement late 2020 and formal consultation which ran 24 February to 31 March this year. A report summarising the results is available on the BCP Council website."