Details of the scheme
The aim of this trial is to reduce traffic in the residential areas. It aims to discourage through traffic and so to create additional space where people can cycle and walk safely whilst following COVID social distancing guidance. This will create a safer environment for people to cycle and walk through the area and to and from local schools and along existing local cycle route.
An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) will create a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Victoria Park. An experimental junction closure has been implemented on Victoria Park Road, between the junctions with Oates Road and Namu Road.
The closure will be carried out using bollards and timber planters, along with appropriate signage. It applies to motorised traffic only, so people will still be able to walk and cycle through.
Access to properties will be maintained and the scheme will not include the full pedestrianisation of streets. There will be no loss of parking spaces.
These changes are temporary to allow people to have their say on the changes until 21 February 2020, before any decision would be made on whether to make them permanent.
A low traffic neighbourhood is defined as a group of residential streets, bordered by main roads (used by buses, lorries and non-local traffic travel), where through motor vehicle traffic is discouraged or removed using road closures. Every resident can drive onto their street and deliveries can be made, but it’s harder or impossible to drive straight through from one main road to the next.
The ETRO can run for up to 18 months, with a review of the changes planned for early 2021. The works are planned to be implemented the week commencing 17 August 2020.
You can find out more information about the changes.
- The closure will be carried out using bollards and timber planters, along with appropriate signage.
- The closure applies to motorised traffic only, so people will still be able to walk and cycle through.
- Access to properties will be maintained and the scheme will not include the full pedestrianisation of streets.
- There will be no loss of parking spaces.
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.
Have your say
If you wish to formally object to or support the proposed Order, please send your comments by 21 February 2022 to:
- ETROresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk, putting ‘ETRO/3’ as the subject heading, or
- ETRO/3, Growth and Infrastructure, BCP Council, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU.
Please include the reference ‘ETRO/3’, your name and address and specify the grounds for your support or objection in your response.
Any representations received may be made public. Written objections and support will be considered by the council before deciding whether or not to make the experimental measures permanent.
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 will be considered by the Portfolio Holder for Transport, who will make a decision on whether the changes should be made permanent, retained (with minor alterations), or removed. The experimental order can also be maintained for further review, up to a maximum period of 18 months.