|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Alder Road, Branksome (SZ053920)|
|To:||Dorset Way, Canford Heath (SZ028934)|
|Via:||Upper Parkstone, Ashley Road, Sea View Road, Old Wareham Road|
|Distance:||2.8 miles (4.5 km)|
|Meets:||A3040, B3068, A3049|
|Former Number(s):||A348, A3049|
|Route outline (key)|
The B3061 is the main street for Upper Parkstone in Poole and forms an important cross town link connecting Canford Heath and Oakdale with Branksome.
Starting at the Branksome end, the B3061 starts at a roundabout junction with the A3040 and heads west along Ashley Road. The road starts out with houses, but these very soon become shops and the road becomes the main shopping area for Upper Parkstone. After half a mile or so, the shops peter out and houses return, before the road reaches Sea View, which is a viewpoint overlooking Poole Harbour, and the road turns right and head northwards as Seaview Road.
After a third of a mile, the road comes to a traffic-light junction with the B3068, and the B3061 multiplexes with the B3068 heading north along Ringwood Road. At the next roundabout, the B3061 turns sharp left and heads south-eastwards, before finally descending down Old Wareham Road to terminate on the A3049 Dorset Way.
The Ashley Road and Seaview Road sections of the B3061 used to be a spur of the A348 (which has now become the B3068) and prior to 1935 was the A3030. In the early 1970s, the A338 was extended into Bournemouth and, as a result, there were a number of road renumberings:
- B3062 partially dualled and renumbered as the A338 Wessex Way
- B3061 between Wallisdown and the A35 junction in Boscombe, renumbered as the A3049
- A348 spur to Branksome, renumbered as the B3061
The old designations are shown on the last Ordnance Survey One-Inch map (sheet 179, 1971), the first two changes are shown in the first edition of the first series 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map (sheet 195, 1974) and the last change is shown in the first reprint of the first series 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map (sheet 195, 1976). This suggests the renumberings took place at different times, but the 1974 map only had selected roads revised, so the changes could possibly have happened at the same time.
When the A3049 Dorset Way was built across to top of Canford Heath in the late 1980s, the top section of Old Wareham Road was reclassified as part of the B3061, which explains why the road multiplexes with the B3068 (then the A348).