Whitecliff Road

Friday 7th August 2020 (00:49) - Sunday 21st February 2021 (23:59)

Details of the scheme 

The aim of this trial is to create a safer environment to travel to and through the area on foot or by bicycle with safer and more sustainable access to the Poole Park area. A further aim is to reduce the number of vehicles driving through the park itself.

The trial also improves accessibility to the well-used National Cycle Network Route 25.

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.

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) will  prioritise walking and cycling on Whitecliff Road at Keyhole Bridge (between Poole Park and Whitecliff Park).

The changes will mean that:

1. Whitecliff Road is closed to all motor traffic at Keyhole Bridge to prioritise walking and cycling in the area. The closure uses timber planters placed either side of Keyhole Bridge.

2. Motor traffic can park in Copse Close. Motor traffic travelling from Whitecliff can access Poole Park via the Park Gates entrance, opposite the Civic Centre.

3. Motor traffic exiting Poole Park towards Whitecliff can travel through Tremlow Avenue/Orchard Avenue.

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.

Whitecliff Road 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.

Have your say

Your views are important to us and we want to hear from those who live in, work in or visit the area.

This process is anonymous. You can give feedback using the online form throughout the trial period. During the trial the council will consider the feedback. 

The council will undertake a review after six months. Comments received by 21 February 2021 will be considered as part of this review.

Formal comments

If you wish to formally object to or support the proposed Order, please send your comments by 21 February 2021 to:

  • ETROresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk, putting ‘ETRO/2’ as the subject heading, or 
  • ETRO/2, Growth and Infrastructure, BCP Council, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2RU.

Please include the reference ‘ETRO/2’, 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.

Next Steps

We intend to review the measure in early 2021.  A full report on the findings and outcomes of the ETRO will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet, 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.