Kingsbere Road

BCP Council is introducing an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to implement a point closure on Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road. This is to create a safer environment to travel to and through the area on foot or by bicycle and to travel safely to St Mary’s School. This is designed to complement the existing Darbys Lane ETRO, that was implemented in August 2020, in response to feedback from the review, residents and local ward councillors that Kingsbere Road and Hennings Park Road were experiencing additional displaced motor traffic, as well as historic issues with speeding. This complementary closure will create a low traffic area.

The ETRO can run for up to 18 months, with the works planned to be implemented the week commencing 20 September 2021. The consultation will start on 10 September 2021 and a review will be undertaken after, at latest, 6 months after the implementation date (the Portfolio Holder reserves their option to remove this measure before the 6 months is elapsed, if considered appropriate).

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?

  • Kingsbere Road will be closed to all motor traffic at its junction with Hennings Park Road, as shown on the map.
  • Motor vehicles will no longer be able to drive between Hennings Park Road and Pound Lane (and vice versa) via Kingsbere Road. Access to all properties on Kingsbere Road will be via Pound Lane.
  • The closure will be carried out using timber planters and appropriate signage, which will still allow people walking, cycling or scooting to get through.
  • The closure of Kingsbere Road to through traffic will affect the route of the Morebus Service 32 (operates to/from Poole Town Centre twice each way per day on Mondays to Saturdays). From 20 September 2021, the Service 32 will divert along the length of Pound Lane, with four new bus stops provided, as shown on the map, offering better accessibility for bus users.

Why have these changes been made?

Following a request from government to install emergency active travel measures, as a response to the COVID pandemic, BCP Council introduced an ETRO in August 2020 to prioritise cycling in Darbys Lane at the junction with Wimborne Road. The closure applied to motorised traffic only, so people were still able to walk, wheel and cycle through. The closure was designed to reduce the number of vehicles cutting through the area, and create a quieter, safer environment for residents and for the wider community, including school children, to cycle, scoot and walk through.

The ETRO has led to a reduction in traffic along Darbys Lane making it safer for residents and school children cycling along it. However, the council has received feedback from local ward councillors, residents and schools regarding safety concerns on other roads such as excessive vehicle speeds, poor parking behaviour and streets being used by motor vehicles taking shortcuts. In particular, local residents have raised concerns about Kingsbere Road being used as a ‘rat run’ to bypass the traffic signals at Dorchester Road and New Inn junction. The residents of Kingsbere Road submitted a petition to the council with options to overcome the ‘problems of increased traffic levels, careless parking and inconsiderate and dangerous driver behaviour’, some of which existed prior to the Darbys Lane ETRO.

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 (it lies on the Transforming Cities Fund route C5 which links Canford Heath to Poole Town Centre, is a key walking and cycling route to Poole High school and other primary schools, and is a primary link on the draft Local Cycling and Walking Improvement Plan), 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.

Kingsbere Road is approximately 200 metres south-west of an entrance into St Marys Primary School from Pound Lane. The council has been working with St Marys School to provide Bikeability training and the Living Streets WOW Walk to School Challenge. By discouraging through traffic, we are creating a quieter and safer route for people to walk, scoot and cycle safely, as contained in the Local Transport Plan, thereby reducing the need to travel by car.

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 considered the consultation findings, formal comments of objections and support, petition from residents of Kingsbere Road, and the wider implications for the traffic network; as well as consulting local Ward Councillors and Officers. Considering 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 Darby Lane should be continued for review and 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 (The Portfolio Holder reserves their option to remove this measure before the 6 months is elapsed, if considered appropriate).

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 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. You can give your views on the changes and how they affect you using the online form. Comments received by 20 November 2021 will be considered as part of the Darbys Lane two month review. The Kingsbere Road closure will be reviewed after a period of 6 months, closing on 25 March 2022.

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.

You can also request a hard copy of the survey by by visiting Oakdale Library, emailing ETROresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or contacting 01202 123123 (press option 2 for roads and pavements).

If you wish to formally object to or support the proposed Order, please send your comments to ETROresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or Traffic Management Team, BCP Council, Town Hall Annexe, St Stephen’s Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EA by 25 March 2022. Please put the ETRO reference 'E2 2021' as the subject, include your name and address and specify the grounds for your support or objection in your response. Any representations received may be made public. Emails of objection and support will be considered by the Council before deciding whether or not to make the experimental measures permanent.

Next Steps

The Kingsbere Road closure will be reviewed after a period of six months at the latest, closing on 25 March 2022. A full report on the findings and outcomes of the ETRO will be presented to the Portfolio Member for Transport and Sustainability, who will make a decision on whether the changes should be made permanent, retained (with minor alterations), or removed in consultation with local ward councillors. The experimental order can also be maintained for further review, up to a maximum period of 18 months. Any decision made will be published on this page and subject to the processes set out in the council’s constitution.

BCP Council is introducing an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to implement a point closure on Kingsbere Road at its junction with Hennings Park Road. This is to create a safer environment to travel to and through the area on foot or by bicycle and to travel safely to St Mary’s School. This is designed to complement the existing Darbys Lane ETRO, that was implemented in August 2020, in response to feedback from the review, residents and local ward councillors that Kingsbere Road and Hennings Park Road were experiencing additional displaced motor traffic, as well as historic issues with speeding. This complementary closure will create a low traffic area.

The ETRO can run for up to 18 months, with the works planned to be implemented the week commencing 20 September 2021. The consultation will start on 10 September 2021 and a review will be undertaken after, at latest, 6 months after the implementation date (the Portfolio Holder reserves their option to remove this measure before the 6 months is elapsed, if considered appropriate).

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?

  • Kingsbere Road will be closed to all motor traffic at its junction with Hennings Park Road, as shown on the map.
  • Motor vehicles will no longer be able to drive between Hennings Park Road and Pound Lane (and vice versa) via Kingsbere Road. Access to all properties on Kingsbere Road will be via Pound Lane.
  • The closure will be carried out using timber planters and appropriate signage, which will still allow people walking, cycling or scooting to get through.
  • The closure of Kingsbere Road to through traffic will affect the route of the Morebus Service 32 (operates to/from Poole Town Centre twice each way per day on Mondays to Saturdays). From 20 September 2021, the Service 32 will divert along the length of Pound Lane, with four new bus stops provided, as shown on the map, offering better accessibility for bus users.

Why have these changes been made?

Following a request from government to install emergency active travel measures, as a response to the COVID pandemic, BCP Council introduced an ETRO in August 2020 to prioritise cycling in Darbys Lane at the junction with Wimborne Road. The closure applied to motorised traffic only, so people were still able to walk, wheel and cycle through. The closure was designed to reduce the number of vehicles cutting through the area, and create a quieter, safer environment for residents and for the wider community, including school children, to cycle, scoot and walk through.

The ETRO has led to a reduction in traffic along Darbys Lane making it safer for residents and school children cycling along it. However, the council has received feedback from local ward councillors, residents and schools regarding safety concerns on other roads such as excessive vehicle speeds, poor parking behaviour and streets being used by motor vehicles taking shortcuts. In particular, local residents have raised concerns about Kingsbere Road being used as a ‘rat run’ to bypass the traffic signals at Dorchester Road and New Inn junction. The residents of Kingsbere Road submitted a petition to the council with options to overcome the ‘problems of increased traffic levels, careless parking and inconsiderate and dangerous driver behaviour’, some of which existed prior to the Darbys Lane ETRO.

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 (it lies on the Transforming Cities Fund route C5 which links Canford Heath to Poole Town Centre, is a key walking and cycling route to Poole High school and other primary schools, and is a primary link on the draft Local Cycling and Walking Improvement Plan), 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.

Kingsbere Road is approximately 200 metres south-west of an entrance into St Marys Primary School from Pound Lane. The council has been working with St Marys School to provide Bikeability training and the Living Streets WOW Walk to School Challenge. By discouraging through traffic, we are creating a quieter and safer route for people to walk, scoot and cycle safely, as contained in the Local Transport Plan, thereby reducing the need to travel by car.

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 considered the consultation findings, formal comments of objections and support, petition from residents of Kingsbere Road, and the wider implications for the traffic network; as well as consulting local Ward Councillors and Officers. Considering 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 Darby Lane should be continued for review and 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 (The Portfolio Holder reserves their option to remove this measure before the 6 months is elapsed, if considered appropriate).

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 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. You can give your views on the changes and how they affect you using the online form. Comments received by 20 November 2021 will be considered as part of the Darbys Lane two month review. The Kingsbere Road closure will be reviewed after a period of 6 months, closing on 25 March 2022.

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.

You can also request a hard copy of the survey by by visiting Oakdale Library, emailing ETROresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or contacting 01202 123123 (press option 2 for roads and pavements).

If you wish to formally object to or support the proposed Order, please send your comments to ETROresponse@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or Traffic Management Team, BCP Council, Town Hall Annexe, St Stephen’s Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EA by 25 March 2022. Please put the ETRO reference 'E2 2021' as the subject, include your name and address and specify the grounds for your support or objection in your response. Any representations received may be made public. Emails of objection and support will be considered by the Council before deciding whether or not to make the experimental measures permanent.

Next Steps

The Kingsbere Road closure will be reviewed after a period of six months at the latest, closing on 25 March 2022. A full report on the findings and outcomes of the ETRO will be presented to the Portfolio Member for Transport and Sustainability, who will make a decision on whether the changes should be made permanent, retained (with minor alterations), or removed in consultation with local ward councillors. The experimental order can also be maintained for further review, up to a maximum period of 18 months. Any decision made will be published on this page and subject to the processes set out in the council’s constitution.

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