Broadstone 20mph zones consultation

This consultation has now closed.

The results are being analysed and considered. The consultation report and outcome will posted here when available.

We asked for your views on proposals to extend the 20mph zone in Broadstone, with further options available for Ridgeway and Tudor Road. We want to create a safer environment for people to walk and cycle through the area.

This forms part of the wider improvement scheme along Dunyeats Road delivered in 2019 and would address safety concerns raised by residents, ward councillors and schools regarding excessive vehicle speeds, poor parking and rat running. Speed surveys conducted in November 2020 confirm that a number of drivers are exceeding 30mph in the area.

Our proposal


map of Broadstone proposals


It is recommended to extend the 20-mph zone to include the following roads:

  • Dunyeats Road (part)
  • Grange Road
  • Heysham Road
  • Kirkway
  • Laurel Drive
  • Laurel Gardens
  • Lower Blandford Road (The Broadway
  • Lower Golf Links Road (part)
  • Macaulay Road
  • Moor Rod (part
  • Ridgeway
  • Selby Close
  • Story Lane
  • Tudor Road (south)
  • Upper Golf Links Road (part)
  • Westheath Road
  • York Road (part)

There are no proposed changes to the direction of traffic in Story Lane or Macauley Road, these will remain as shown in the map above.

In addition to the proposed 20mph zone, we are seeking views on whether to introduce additional measures to help further reduce traffic speeds and discourage people taking short cuts or rat running within the area. These would seek to create safer neighbourhoods and encourage more sustainable forms of transport such as walking, scooting and cycling.

We are proposing two options to meet our aims:

  • Option A - entry/ exit restrictions
  • Option B - low traffic neighbourhood

Option A - entry/ exit restrictions

We are proposing no entry for motor vehicles to Tudor Road (south) from Dunyeats Road and no exit for motor vehicles from Ridgeway to Dunyeats Road.

map of entry/ exit restrictions

Option B - low traffic neighbourhood

To create a low traffic neighbourhood, prioritising walking and cycling and reducing motor vehicles travelling from Dunyeats Road to Lower Blandford Road, the following changes would be implemented:

  • on Ridgeway through motor traffic would be prevented from travelling beyond a point at the northern corner of the junction with Westheath Road.
  • on Macauley Road through motor traffic would be prevented from travelling beyond a point approximately half-way between the junctions of Kirkway and Tudor Road (south).low traffic neighbourhood option

    What you could do

    You were able express your views on the proposal to extend the 20mph zone in Broadstone and the two options for Ridgeway/ Tudor Road by:

The results are being analysed and considered. The consultation report and outcome will posted here when available.

We asked for your views on proposals to extend the 20mph zone in Broadstone, with further options available for Ridgeway and Tudor Road. We want to create a safer environment for people to walk and cycle through the area.

This forms part of the wider improvement scheme along Dunyeats Road delivered in 2019 and would address safety concerns raised by residents, ward councillors and schools regarding excessive vehicle speeds, poor parking and rat running. Speed surveys conducted in November 2020 confirm that a number of drivers are exceeding 30mph in the area.

Our proposal


map of Broadstone proposals


It is recommended to extend the 20-mph zone to include the following roads:

  • Dunyeats Road (part)
  • Grange Road
  • Heysham Road
  • Kirkway
  • Laurel Drive
  • Laurel Gardens
  • Lower Blandford Road (The Broadway
  • Lower Golf Links Road (part)
  • Macaulay Road
  • Moor Rod (part
  • Ridgeway
  • Selby Close
  • Story Lane
  • Tudor Road (south)
  • Upper Golf Links Road (part)
  • Westheath Road
  • York Road (part)

There are no proposed changes to the direction of traffic in Story Lane or Macauley Road, these will remain as shown in the map above.

In addition to the proposed 20mph zone, we are seeking views on whether to introduce additional measures to help further reduce traffic speeds and discourage people taking short cuts or rat running within the area. These would seek to create safer neighbourhoods and encourage more sustainable forms of transport such as walking, scooting and cycling.

We are proposing two options to meet our aims:

  • Option A - entry/ exit restrictions
  • Option B - low traffic neighbourhood

Option A - entry/ exit restrictions

We are proposing no entry for motor vehicles to Tudor Road (south) from Dunyeats Road and no exit for motor vehicles from Ridgeway to Dunyeats Road.

map of entry/ exit restrictions

Option B - low traffic neighbourhood

To create a low traffic neighbourhood, prioritising walking and cycling and reducing motor vehicles travelling from Dunyeats Road to Lower Blandford Road, the following changes would be implemented:

  • on Ridgeway through motor traffic would be prevented from travelling beyond a point at the northern corner of the junction with Westheath Road.
  • on Macauley Road through motor traffic would be prevented from travelling beyond a point approximately half-way between the junctions of Kirkway and Tudor Road (south).low traffic neighbourhood option

    What you could do

    You were able express your views on the proposal to extend the 20mph zone in Broadstone and the two options for Ridgeway/ Tudor Road by:

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

We gave an opportunity to ask anything else that you need to know about the proposals before giving your views.
We posted your answers on this page, unless you let us know that you would prefer a private response via email.

We added any frequently asked questions to our FAQs on this page.

Thank you

  • What do you propose to do about the increased pollution levels due to slow vehicles in the area? Also pollution increase due to greater traffic volumes due to bunching of slow moving vehicles?Especially from local vehicles that have not had a chance to become efficient due to running at more efficient speeds? Systems like this proposal and traffic calming "humps" have been proven to cause traffic pollution to increase to dangerous levels in residential areas where many children live and walk to/from school. Are you planning in monitoring the pollution levels and therefore prepared to reverse this decision? Or will you be saving a pot of money aside to deal with the resultant health law suits?

    Kimbo asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    To reassure you, we haven’t made any decisions yet as it’s still in the consultation stage. 

    The primary aim is of the 20mph zone is to decrease the likelihood and severity of road traffic accidents, with complimentary aims of the scheme being to encourage and enable more users (particular those who are vulnerable) to feel safer and comfortable using the area in an active and sustainable way.

    We are considering the health impacts (social exclusion, mental health, lack of exercise) resulting from a lack of safe, accessible travel options for vulnerable users (children, elderly, disabled) without access to motor vehicles or those that would like to/can be encouraged to reduce their use.

    We haven’t proposed speed humps as part of this scheme and there is substantial evidence that 20mph zones can actually reduce pollution levels by addressing the fact that the greater the speed of vehicles in built-up areas, the higher the incidence of acceleration, deceleration, and braking, all of which increase air pollution.

    If you haven't done so already, if you have time, please take the time to complete our online form to give your views on the proposals.

    Thank you

  • Why is it proposed that the 20mph restriction on Dunyeats Road should apply 24/7/365? Unlike most of the other roads included in the scheme, which are predominantly solely residential, Dunyeats Road is a thoroughfare and carries through traffic from Gravel Hill to the Broadstone Link Road and thence to the Holes Bay Road. It is wide, straight and has good sight lines and outside peak hours traffic moves smoothly at a safe and reasonable speed. Applying a 20mph limit even when the schools are closed for the holidays and at night and weekends is disproportionate and smacks of administrative convenience rather than a thought-through risk-based solution. What consideration has been given to installing variable limits around the schools at arrival/departure times and retaining the 30 mph limit at all other times and why is this not being offered as an option?

    NeilC asked 5 months ago
    Thank you for your question.
    20mph zones have been proven to reduce both accidents and the severity of accidents - the primary purpose of this proposed 20mph zone is to improve safety in the area for vulnerable users (pedestrians, cyclists, elderly, disabled). The implementation of a full-time 20mph zone on Dunyeats Road, as opposed to a part-time zone, has been given considerable thought and was considered to be preferential as it removes confusion from a drivers perspective regarding the speed at which they are allowed to travel at any particular time of day. A consistent full time zone is also considered to achieve greater speed compliance. That said, this is a consultation and your comments will be fully assessed as part of the analysis of responses and determination of a way forward.
  • Will anything be done about the cycle path in Dunyeats Road. Many cyclists still ride on the road and also on the south footway which is extremely dangerous for people exiting their properties on the south side of Dunyeats Road. At school leaving time the cyclists mingle with children on cycle track or switch to opposite footway.

    Vic Atkins asked 5 months ago
    The purpose of the shared cycle/foot path on the northern side of Dunyeats Road was to provide a facility for vulnerable, less confident users (children/elderly/disabled). The introduction of this shared facility does not and should not prevent cyclists from using Dunyeats Road.  Indeed any confident cyclist should be using the carriageway when travelling along this corridor, especially those travelling downhill at speed.
  • Firstly, actions to make roads safer, reduce traffice issues are always seen as positive, welcomed. So the Council should be commended for this. Particularly where it is tested with the residents, balanced, based on sound data and any of the resulting negative/knock on impacts are also included. As a resident i would like to make these observations in response to the proposals:- 1) I have not seen any risk analysis, or what the negative/knock-on impact assessments are. They do exist, always do, so I ask where these are documented? Will the residents input, their concerns be available to the public? 2) What impacts are there resulting from the increasing residential building and thereby increasing car volumes to these proposals and residents concerns? The entry / exit proposals here divert traffic elsewhere, they do not reduce traffic. 3) What are the impacts on the already very busy Broadstone roundabout by increasing the volume of traffic. These proposals take 1000s of car journeys (based on yr own data) onto the roundabout approach roads and roundabout, creating negative impacts. More volume just passes on issues onto somewhere else. Not take them away. 4) On and around the Broadstone roundabout accidents and near misses are frequent. Only last year a vehicle was involved in a serious accident which was so sever, catching fire with all emergency vehicles attending. What are the impacts to the Roundabout and approach roads from these proposals. What road safety, pedestrian protection, traffic calming actions are being taken from the increased road traffic volumes as a result of these proposals? 5) Clarendon Road is ignored in these proposals yet it has the similar/same issues. I would request that Clarendon Road be included. There are No real resulting costs to include it (relatively speaking) by adding another 20mph speed sign! During the first lock down when the roads were truly empty, there was a head-on collision! (due to speed) on Clarendon road, requiring emegency vehicles to attend. Frequent speeding issues occur. In particular, the Clarendon approach road to the roundabout has around 400+ school children crossing over the road every day. With a crossing patrol, similar traffic volumes, same as on Dunyeats road. 6) Based on the reasons given for these proposal on a 20mph limits, traffic calming, with increasing volumes, a 20mph speed restriction should be applied to Clarendon road, 300m (or more) approaching the Roundabout. Where it is busiest for pedestrians. Speed cameras would be sensible higher up Clarendon road. In addition 20mph applied on the Higher Blandford road from the Springdale junction approaching the Broadstone roundabout. As mentioned the same arguements applied here for road safety as for Dunyeats road (school children etc), having a 20mph speed restriction should be applied equally to Clarendon road and Higher Blandford road approaching the Broadstone roundabout. 7) For the purpose of cost saving, efficiency, and being pragmatic I would ask that Clarendon road be included in these proposals. Thank you.

    Alan asked 5 months ago
    Thank you for asking questions. Here are the answers:
    1) A consultation report will be produced and published that will be available to the general public.
    2 and 3) This scheme is predominantly aimed at delivering road safety improvements to the area. By doing so we hope that more people will be encouraged to travel sustainably (walk/cycle/scoot). 
    4) We have already delivered infrastructure improvements via the Dunyeats Road scheme to make the area safer for primarily, vulnerable users and the proposed 20mph zone. These additional measures (that is now being consulted on) are the next stage of that project and, if they go ahead, will help to achieve the overarching objectives.
    5) Clarendon Road was not part of the original scope for this scheme but all comments received will be reviewed and considered. 
    6 and 7) Your comments will be considered in the analysis of the consultation. I hope you also take the time to complete the online form to give your views about the consultation.
    Thank you.



  • I think any measures to slow traffic on any of the proposed roads in Broadstone would be welcome. My question is whether there will be enforcement by means of speed cameras. Probably the only way people will comply. Also are there any plans to put cameras along Gravel Hill? The 40mph limit there is totally ignored.

    Martin asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. No decisions have been made yet but this is not likely to be delivered as part of this scheme.

  • The proposal cites 'excessive traffic speeds' without defining what these are. The proposal cites 'a number of drivers exceeding 30mph'. Presumably there has been a study that produced statistics for these results. With regards to the FAQ question 'Why does the 20mph zone need to be extended?'. The existing statement does not answer this, it merely quotes data e.g. average speeds of 24mph within the proposed zones and 26mph along Dunyeats Road. Why is the national limit of 30mph unacceptable in these areas? This has not been explained.

    Jack asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    The question 'What is the data from the traffic surveys?' has been added to the FAQs providing information from the traffic surveys.

  • Option b seems to penalise anyone currently owning a car in the stretches of road on Tudor Road and Kirkway that would be cut off by the bollards. How are they expected to get to and from their properties? Why are we being asked move on to yet another set of measures when the existing changes have not been optimised? The entries from side roads onto Dunyeats Road that have the new buff pavement areas stretched across them create a danger in themselves in that they a) do not teach children to cross roads safely as they encourage a ‘right of way’ mentality ( many of them do not even look and just blithely march out across the junction) and b) the line of sight for drivers from behind the buff area is very limited. Are there any plans to improve visibility at those junctions by removing hedges etc that block any view? Are there any plans to encourage/force cyclists to actually use the new cycle path that’s been provided for them? And is anyone actually prepared to address the elephant in the room, i.e. the toast rack, which is what causes the congestion off the roundabout into Broadstone that encourages motorists on Dunyeats Road, seeing the impending congestion, to look for alternative routes? Can we see the stats re speeding on the Ridgeway please? Given the poor parking problem on that stretch of road, I’ve always found it pretty difficult to do anything over 20 down there anyway. I have no issue with extending the 20 mph limit as proposed but question whether the extent of the increased coverage is a consequence of other previous actions, e.g the ridiculous increase in parking fees in the Kirkway car park and the dangerous parking arrangements implemented on Lower Golf Links Road/Moor Road junction.

    Andy Maxey asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. 

    Access to all properties will be maintained in both options proposed - the only change will be the route/s available to residents to access. 

    There have been no recorded accidents since the introduction of the Dunyeats Road scheme.

    The shared footway/cycleway was created primarily for vulnerable users (children, elderly, disabled) and provides a facility that offers more protection than was previously available. Confident cyclists are and in most cases should still use the carriageway (especially when travelling at speed) as this provides the most appropriate facility for them.

    The toast rack is part of the Neighbourhood Plan for Broadstone and is out of scope for this project.

    The question 'What is the data from the traffic surveys?' has been added to the FAQs providing information from the traffic surveys. 
  • Can you publish the data and an executive summary of findings for the surveys "carried out on several roads within the proposed 20mph zone in November 2020". In particular Tudor Road South as is not a rat run and does have issues of speeding and nuisance suggested in the reasoning for the project.

    Laura asked 5 months ago
    Thank you for your question. We'll be looking to provide a summary of the speed surveys/vehicle counts undertaken - this should be uploaded to the website by early next week.


    The question 'What is the data from the traffic surveys?' has been added to the FAQs providing information from the traffic surveys.

  • The reason many drivers cut though The Ridgeway from Lower Blandford Rd to Dunyeats Rd is due to the long delays through Broadstone centre, caused by 2 sets of traffic lights, buses waiting for their turn at the bus stop and delivery drivers off-loading. In addition to the slow movement onto/exiting the roundabout at the top end. Is BCP planning any actions to ease THESE blockages to enable a smoother flow of traffic through the town centre?

    Sue asked 5 months ago
    The proposals we're consulting on together with the works already delivered aim to provide safer, more attractive options to those able, willing and keen to travel by sustainable modes, especially those making short distance trips. The hope is then that more people will travel by modes other than motor vehicles and so having a positive impact on congestive levels. Any schemes that are implemented as a result of the outcomes of the consultation will be actively monitored and appropriate action taken if there are detrimental impacts.
  • Sorry, my previous question was misinterpreted. I was asking how the proposed speed reduction would improve 'poor parking behavior'? Thanks.

    Jack asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The consultation is not solely for speed reduction (the introduction of a 20mph zone is one critical element). Other additional scheme options are proposed that would seek to reduce rat running/through traffic/desirability for temporary parking etc on some residential roads. In combination with reduced speeds, this should encourage adoption of more sustainable travel modes through, for example, the creation of quieter, safer routes to school. Therefore, hopefully reducing the need for parents to drive/drop off children to school.