Bournemouth, Christchurch, Latest News, Poole | Posted: Thursday, September 10th, 2020 at 8:44 am | return to news

BCP Council back pedals on travel schemes

Local people have had their say – and they weren’t happy.

Cllr Andy Hadley promoting the Beryl Bike scheme summer 2019
Cllr Andy Hadley promoting the Beryl Bike scheme summer 2019

This means that the Springbourne, Stanley Green Road and Vicarage Road and Glenferness Avenue schemes have been put on the back burner.

However, the Tatnum Road temporary closure in Poole and the closure to traffic of Leven Avenue between the junctions of Benellen Avenue and Walsford Road in Bournemouth will continue for consultation.

Cllr Andy Hadley, portfolio holder for Transport, BCP Council said, “The schemes have generated huge interest and concern in the local area. Whilst these travel measures are designed to increase safety, to be temporary and to allow time for people to give their feedback based on their experiences, we recognise we need to pause some of them and to seek further views from local people.

“There are further schemes we need to implement across our congested conurbation to support commuting, school and leisure journeys, freeing space for those who need to drive, and we are keen to ensure that these are better shared and consulted on.”

BCP Council was allocated around £1.4 million from the government’s recent emergency active travel fund to support people cycling and walking as the country emerges from the pandemic, especially with limitations to using public transport.

Conditions of the funding were that the council had to demonstrate swift and meaningful plans with work on the ground for initial schemes completed by 14 September.

The scheme at Birds Hill Road and Churchfield Road, which is designed to reduce traffic going past Longfleet School, increase safety on residential streets, and support staff getting to work at Poole Hospital, will continue as planned for the consultation period.

The full list of those schemes currently in place for consultation can be found on bcpcouncil.gov.uk where people can have their say.

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