Darbys Lane ETRO

This consultation is now closed.

What changes have been implemented?

BCP Council introduced an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to reduce motor traffic in Darbys Lane at the junction with Wimborne Road (New Inn Junction) in August 2020 to create a safer environment to travel to and through the area on foot or by bicycle.

The ETRO can run for up to 18 months. The council undertook a review six months after implementation. Considering the feedback received by 21 February 2021, it has been decided to continue the ETRO for a further two months, and, to expand the experiment to include a new closure of Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road to create a low traffic area. This is to overcome residents’ and Local Ward Councillors concerns that Kingsbere Road and Hennings Park Road were experiencing additional displaced motor traffic, as well as historic issues with speeding.

What is an Experimental Traffic Order (ETRO)?

An ETRO allows the council to put traffic measures in place for a trial period of up to 18 months. During this time the council assesses the impacts of the measures and may make any necessary changes.

What changes are being trialled?

  • Darbys Lane is closed to all motor traffic at the junction with Wimborne Road and Fernside Road (the New Inn Junction), as shown on the map below.
  • Motor vehicles are no longer able to exit Darbys Lane onto Wimborne Road or Fernside Road. Vehicular access to adjacent businesses and residential roads is not affected.
  • The closure is carried out using timber planters and appropriate signage, which still allow people walking or cycling to get through.
  • The traffic signals timing has been adjusted at the New Inn junction and the Dorchester Road junction to account for the change in traffic flows.
  • A complementary closure is being trialled on Kingsbere Road, at its junction with Hennings Park Road to create a low traffic area.

Why have these changes been made?

Darbys Lane is part of a key active travel corridor, shown to have potential high demand for cycling by the Department for Transport’s Propensity to Cycle Tool. Situated on the Transforming Cities Fund route C5 (which links Canford Heath to Poole Town Centre), Darbys Lane serves a number of employment and educational sites in Poole Town Centre and Canford Heath, including neighbouring primary schools and Poole High School. It has also been identified as a primary link in the council’s draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

New Inn is a busy junction on the route. A cycle filter at the southern end of Darbys Lane simplifies movement at this junction, helping make cycling safer and more attractive. The reduction in traffic will also enhance safety for residents living along Darbys Lane and children travelling to school. A complementary closure on Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road will create a low traffic area.

It is hoped that the simplification of the New Inn junction and the reduction in through traffic will encourage more people to walk or cycle to work in accordance with the Local Transport Plan. The scheme will also support children and parents travelling to and from schools by making it easier and safer for people to travel to school by and bike and on foot, reducing the need to travel by car.

With more people taking to cycling and walking during the Coronavirus lockdowns these measures are being trialled in response to the government’s emergency active travel fund which has been set up to prioritise cycling and walking as the preferred method of travel. To recognise the impact of travel on our environment, the government has emphasised that walking and cycling should be the natural choice for our daily lives. Prioritising walking and cycling also helps us to contribute towards tackling the council’s declared climate emergency.

What is the outcome of the six month review?

Following six months of operation, the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability considered the consultation findings, formal comments of objections and support, a petition from residents of Kingsbere Road, the wider implications for the traffic network; as well as consulting local ward councillors and officers; and considering the additional 3-week engagement on the proposed decision. Taking into account the feedback from the trial, and that Darbys Lane is on a key transport route, the Portfolio Holder has decided that the experimental closure of Darbys Lane should be continued for review and final decision after two months of further operation, and, to expand the experiment to include a new closure of Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road. The Kingsbere Road ETRO will run for up to 18 months, with a review after six months.

Will this make the main roads even busier?

Yes and no. Studies from other places where many of these sorts of schemes have been done previously show that in the short term, the surrounding roads may see a slight increase in traffic. However, in the longer term, this is dispersed and the effect on nearby main roads is minimal. This is because the changes are the nudge that some people need to reduce the number of journeys they make by car, so overall car trips are reduced in the area. Main road traffic flow can also be smoothed as there are fewer vehicles turning in and out of side roads.

What monitoring will take place?

Traffic surveys will record traffic flows in Pound Lane before and during the Kingsbere Road ETRO closure. The local bus operator will be asked to provide information on journey times in this area.

How are the changes being funded?

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has awarded local authorities Emergency Active Travel Funding to introduce temporary changes to help increase the number of journeys completed by walking and cycling. This is so that everyone can enjoy the benefits to health, air quality and reduction in congestion. BCP Council has been awarded funding to introduce emergency measures that improve the safety and convenience of walking or cycling, including this scheme.

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. Respondents were able to give their views using an online form or collect a paper copy of the survey by visiting Oakdale Library or contacting Customer Services.

As many of the questions ask about the effects of the changes, it would be helpful to give your views once the changes have had some time to settle in, so that you can comment on the overall effectiveness of the changes and how they have impacted on you in practice.

A consultation for the ETRO on Kingsbere Road is being undertaken separately. Comments received on the Darbys Lane and Kingsbere Road ETROs by 20 November 2021 will be considered as part of the Darbys Lane two month review.

Next Steps

The Darbys Lane ETRO will be reviewed after the extended period of two months, closing on 20 November 2021. A full report on the findings and outcomes of the ETRO will be presented to the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability, who will make a decision, in consultation with local ward councillors, on whether the changes should be made permanent, or removed. Any decision made will be published on this page and subject to the processes set out in the council’s constitution.

This consultation is now closed.

What changes have been implemented?

BCP Council introduced an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to reduce motor traffic in Darbys Lane at the junction with Wimborne Road (New Inn Junction) in August 2020 to create a safer environment to travel to and through the area on foot or by bicycle.

The ETRO can run for up to 18 months. The council undertook a review six months after implementation. Considering the feedback received by 21 February 2021, it has been decided to continue the ETRO for a further two months, and, to expand the experiment to include a new closure of Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road to create a low traffic area. This is to overcome residents’ and Local Ward Councillors concerns that Kingsbere Road and Hennings Park Road were experiencing additional displaced motor traffic, as well as historic issues with speeding.

What is an Experimental Traffic Order (ETRO)?

An ETRO allows the council to put traffic measures in place for a trial period of up to 18 months. During this time the council assesses the impacts of the measures and may make any necessary changes.

What changes are being trialled?

  • Darbys Lane is closed to all motor traffic at the junction with Wimborne Road and Fernside Road (the New Inn Junction), as shown on the map below.
  • Motor vehicles are no longer able to exit Darbys Lane onto Wimborne Road or Fernside Road. Vehicular access to adjacent businesses and residential roads is not affected.
  • The closure is carried out using timber planters and appropriate signage, which still allow people walking or cycling to get through.
  • The traffic signals timing has been adjusted at the New Inn junction and the Dorchester Road junction to account for the change in traffic flows.
  • A complementary closure is being trialled on Kingsbere Road, at its junction with Hennings Park Road to create a low traffic area.

Why have these changes been made?

Darbys Lane is part of a key active travel corridor, shown to have potential high demand for cycling by the Department for Transport’s Propensity to Cycle Tool. Situated on the Transforming Cities Fund route C5 (which links Canford Heath to Poole Town Centre), Darbys Lane serves a number of employment and educational sites in Poole Town Centre and Canford Heath, including neighbouring primary schools and Poole High School. It has also been identified as a primary link in the council’s draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.

New Inn is a busy junction on the route. A cycle filter at the southern end of Darbys Lane simplifies movement at this junction, helping make cycling safer and more attractive. The reduction in traffic will also enhance safety for residents living along Darbys Lane and children travelling to school. A complementary closure on Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road will create a low traffic area.

It is hoped that the simplification of the New Inn junction and the reduction in through traffic will encourage more people to walk or cycle to work in accordance with the Local Transport Plan. The scheme will also support children and parents travelling to and from schools by making it easier and safer for people to travel to school by and bike and on foot, reducing the need to travel by car.

With more people taking to cycling and walking during the Coronavirus lockdowns these measures are being trialled in response to the government’s emergency active travel fund which has been set up to prioritise cycling and walking as the preferred method of travel. To recognise the impact of travel on our environment, the government has emphasised that walking and cycling should be the natural choice for our daily lives. Prioritising walking and cycling also helps us to contribute towards tackling the council’s declared climate emergency.

What is the outcome of the six month review?

Following six months of operation, the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability considered the consultation findings, formal comments of objections and support, a petition from residents of Kingsbere Road, the wider implications for the traffic network; as well as consulting local ward councillors and officers; and considering the additional 3-week engagement on the proposed decision. Taking into account the feedback from the trial, and that Darbys Lane is on a key transport route, the Portfolio Holder has decided that the experimental closure of Darbys Lane should be continued for review and final decision after two months of further operation, and, to expand the experiment to include a new closure of Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road. The Kingsbere Road ETRO will run for up to 18 months, with a review after six months.

Will this make the main roads even busier?

Yes and no. Studies from other places where many of these sorts of schemes have been done previously show that in the short term, the surrounding roads may see a slight increase in traffic. However, in the longer term, this is dispersed and the effect on nearby main roads is minimal. This is because the changes are the nudge that some people need to reduce the number of journeys they make by car, so overall car trips are reduced in the area. Main road traffic flow can also be smoothed as there are fewer vehicles turning in and out of side roads.

What monitoring will take place?

Traffic surveys will record traffic flows in Pound Lane before and during the Kingsbere Road ETRO closure. The local bus operator will be asked to provide information on journey times in this area.

How are the changes being funded?

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has awarded local authorities Emergency Active Travel Funding to introduce temporary changes to help increase the number of journeys completed by walking and cycling. This is so that everyone can enjoy the benefits to health, air quality and reduction in congestion. BCP Council has been awarded funding to introduce emergency measures that improve the safety and convenience of walking or cycling, including this scheme.

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. Respondents were able to give their views using an online form or collect a paper copy of the survey by visiting Oakdale Library or contacting Customer Services.

As many of the questions ask about the effects of the changes, it would be helpful to give your views once the changes have had some time to settle in, so that you can comment on the overall effectiveness of the changes and how they have impacted on you in practice.

A consultation for the ETRO on Kingsbere Road is being undertaken separately. Comments received on the Darbys Lane and Kingsbere Road ETROs by 20 November 2021 will be considered as part of the Darbys Lane two month review.

Next Steps

The Darbys Lane ETRO will be reviewed after the extended period of two months, closing on 20 November 2021. A full report on the findings and outcomes of the ETRO will be presented to the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Sustainability, who will make a decision, in consultation with local ward councillors, on whether the changes should be made permanent, or removed. Any decision made will be published on this page and subject to the processes set out in the council’s constitution.

Page last updated: 23 November 2021, 09:07