A traffic calmed cycle route and improved space for walking to be implemented at Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drive

Posted on Friday 14 August 2020

Experimental traffic measures are being introduced at Boscombe Overcliff Drive and Southbourne Overcliff Drive to provide space for those cycling and walking.

Responding to the government’s emergency active travel fund, BCP Council’s trial scheme will be implemented with restrictions between Shelley Park and Chessel Avenue, and between Portman Crescent and Seaward Avenue.

From week commencing 24 August 2020, motorised traffic will no longer be able to use these two locations as a through route. Access to properties by car, to car parking spaces and businesses will be maintained. This will create a safer environment for those travelling by bike and on foot. It will also provide an enhanced alternative to cycling along the promenade, whilst enabling people to follow social distancing guidance.

The closures will be carried out using bollards and timber planters along with appropriate signage. The modal filters are also designed to allow safer pedestrian crossing of Boscombe and Southbourne Overcliff Drives and to access the seafront.

Councillor Andy Hadley, Portfolio Holder for Transport, BCP Council commented; “This is another trial scheme where we are reallocating space to enable residents and visitors to feel safer travelling across our conurbation by foot or by bicycle.

“We know many people travel this route by bike and this provides a suitable alternative to the promenade which reduces pressure on that link and may prove better for those commuting.

“As a seafront location we know residents enjoy walking in this area but the current infrastructure and through traffic makes social distancing quite challenging. Furthermore, the trial scheme will contribute to the council’s climate emergency pledge with a reduction in motorised vehicles through these routes.”

In line with government guidance, this scheme is being implemented using an experimental traffic regulation order. The council is inviting all who live, work or travel through the area the opportunity to experience the change, and to provide feedback, with a consultation commencing today (14 August) for six months. A review will then be undertaken with a decision on whether the changes should be made permanent.

To join in the consultation and have your say, please visit bcpcouncil.gov.uk/BoscombeAndSouthbourneOvercliff.