Darby's Lane

Friday 7th August 2020 (00:00) - Sunday 21st February 2021 (23:59)

Details of the scheme 

This route is one of the highest used cycle routes in the conurbation with high potential for further growth in its use. The aim of this trial is to create a safer environment to travel to and through the area on foot or by bicycle. This provides an improved safety for those using the nearby community centre.

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to prioritise cycling in Darbys Lane at the junction with Wimborne Road (New Inn Junction). These changes are temporary to allow people to have their say on the changes until 21 February 2021, before any decision would be made on whether to make them permanent.

The temporary changes are:

  • Darby’s Lane has been closed to all motor traffic at the junction with Wimborne Road and Fernside Road (the New Inn Junction).
  • Motor vehicles will no longer be able to exit Darby's Lane onto Wimborne Road or Fernside Road.  Vehicular access to adjacent businesses and residential roads will not be affected.
  • There will be no loss of parking spaces.
  • The closure will be carried out using timber planters and appropriate signage, which will still allow people walking or cycling to get through.
  • The traffic signals timing will be adjusted at the New Inn junction and the Dorchester Road junction to account for the change in traffic flows.

See more information about the changes.

Darbys Lane map

Background information

Prioritising walking and cycling also helps us to contribute towards tackling the council's declared climate emergency and to enable people to make journeys to work, school, and for leisure, by bicycle instead of using cars or public transport as contained in the Local Transport Plan. 

Emergency measures to support Active Travel are being introduced across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole funded by the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Funding.

Next Steps

We are currently reviewing the measure considering feedback from the first six months of the trial.  A full report on the findings and outcomes of the ETRO has been considered by the Portfolio Holder for Transport, who is making a decision on the changes.

The experimental order can also be maintained for further review, up to a maximum period of 18 months.