Poole Quay Experimental Traffic Regulation Order

Saturday 27th June (00:00) - Sunday 27th December 2020 (23:59)

Background information

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

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.

Details of the scheme 

We our introducing an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to prioritise walking and cycling on the Quay, the Lower High Street and Paradise Street. This is to create a safer environment, making it easier to maintain social distancing and to travel to and through the area on foot or by bicycle.  

You can find out more information about the changes including the effect on deliveries, the RouteOne bus and events. 

The following roads would be closed to all motor traffic:

  • The Quay (between Thames Street and the mini roundabout at the end of Old Orchard).
  • High Street (from the junction with Castle Street down to The Quay).
  • Castle Street (the first 10 metres north of the Quay).
  • Paradise Street.

Three new disabled parking bays are being converted from general parking bays outside The Custom House to replace those bays that are no longer accessible. There are 16 disabled car parking bays at the Quay Visitors Multi Storey Car Park and a further 13 disabled bays on The Quay opposite Thistle Hotel that remain accessible.

In a similar way to how the Quay is normally closed for special events, once it is safe to host events again we can open the Quay up for events such as Bike Night, Quay for my Car etc.

Poole Quay ETRO Map revised

Have your say

The Experimental Traffic Regulation Order will run from 27 June 2020 for up to 18 months.

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. 

Formal comments

If you wish to formally object to or support the proposed Order, please send your comments by 27 December 2020 to:

Please include the reference ‘ETRO/1’ , 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 (up until 27 December 2021).