A BUSY road is set to close in one direction for more than a month for sustainable travel improvement works.

Ashley Road in Boscombe will be shut northbound between Holdenhurst Road and the Christchurch Road Roundabout from Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, August 28.

A new toucan crossing will be installed to replace the existing school crossing patrol outside Kings Park Academy, between the South Road and Grantham Road junctions, with the bus layby nearly changed.

Another new toucan crossing will be put in near to the entrance to Kings Park, to improve safety and access between the new facilities in the park and Windham Road towards Bournemouth station.

The crossing outside 133 Ashley Road will be removed.

A new bus shelter will be installed to replace the existing one outside the academy.

The footpath will be widened to create a shared path on the western side of Ashley Road, between Windham Road and Boscombe Grove Road.

This will enable pedestrians and cyclists to access the new toucan crossing.

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While work is carried out, there will be a signposted diversion via the A35 Christchurch Road, St Swithun’s Road and Holdenhurst Road.

Access to local properties and businesses will be maintained.

A full closure will be in place from 6pm to midnight on Monday, August 26 to Wednesday, August 28 for surfacing and lining works.

Councillor Andy Hadley, portfolio holder for climate response, environment and energy, said: “These improvements on Ashley Road help provide safe active travel links for school children and the local community.

“They form part of a wider sustainable travel route that runs all the way from Bournemouth train station and the town centre linking the residential areas of Springbourne, Kings Park and Littledown to the major employment site at Wessex Fields.

“This investment from central government into our infrastructure means we are not only promoting healthier and safer lifestyles but also working towards reducing our carbon footprint and creating a more sustainable future for our community.”

For more information, visit the BCP Council website.