Active Travel Schemes
We are taking action to help create a sustainable environment locally. We are implementing trial measures as part of a wider effort to support the safe reopening of the local economy and encourage walking and cycling following a significant increase in experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This in turn resulted in welcome reductions in traffic. These measures are funded by the government's emergency active travel fund.
Some of these schemes are being implemented under experimental traffic regulation orders allowing residents, businesses and visitors the opportunity experience the changes and to comment on them before a decision is made on whether to make each scheme permanent. Under these orders, there is a very short turnaround, including seven-working days to develop and submit a programme with proposals to be installed on the ground within 12 weeks.
Bird's Hill Road
Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives - update
Poole Quay/Lower High Street
Stanley Green Road
Victoria Park Road
Feedback received through these consultations will be used to inform any future decision on whether the experimental closures should be made permanent, changed or removed.
Where low traffic neighbourhoods are planned some experimental road junction closures will be implemented to reduce through traffic. Access to properties will be maintained and the schemes will not include the full pedestrianisation of streets.
Additional measures to support social distancing
In addition to the emergency active travel measures we have also made the following changes to support social distancing:
- closure to motor vehicles
- relocated some bus stands to Westover Road
Poole bus station
- relocated some bus stands to Kingland Road and Seldown Coach Park
- Sandbanks Ferry - creation of safe access and queueing area for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to use the service. The aim of this scheme is to provide better opportunity for Social Distancing for those queueing to use the ferry service. Without this scheme cyclists and pedestrians were not likely to be allowed to use the ferry itself. At the request of the Bournemouth - Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, part of the Ferry Way car park has been cordoned off to allow cycle and pedestrian ferry passengers to queue safely.
- introduced a one way walking route
- Upgrade of 47 pedestrian crossings to utilise sensors rather than button pressing to call crossing demand and reduce pedestrian wait times.Converts the site to trigger demand once a pedestrian is detected and also reduces wait times for the demand from 30 to 7-10 seconds. Provides increased pedestrian priority and reduces risk of infection.