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20mph zones

The benefits of 20mph speed zones

20mph speed limits aim to improve the safety and quality of life for local people by promoting more considerate driving. We hope this will encourage more of us to make greater use of our streets for walking, cycling, playing or just socialising. With less traffic and more people around, the places we live in should, in time, become safer, friendlier, quieter and cleaner places to be.

Following simplified guidance from the Department for Transport, we are able to introduce 20mph zones (where traffic is already travelling near this speed).

New 20mph residential zones for Poole - 2018

We are in the final stages of planning a number of new 20mph zones in densely populated residential areas. They are:

From September 2018:

From November 2018:

How you know you're in a 20mph zone

There are no physical measures such as chicanes or humps in the roads that have been added to an original 20mph zone. Instead you'll see road signs at the entry points into the 20mph zone, together with 'roundels' or circles with '20' painted on the road (at roughly 80m intervals) to remind drivers to slow down.

Poole's existing 20mph zones

20mph zones already created around Poole include:

  • Poole Town Centre (2017)

  • Heckford Park/Longfleet zone - Poole Town Ward (2016)

  • Courthill zone - Penn Hill Ward (2014)

  • Cromer zone - Branksome East & Branksome West Wards (2014)

  • Heatherlands zone - Branksome West Ward (2014)

  • Salterns zone - Parkstone Ward (2014)

  • Newtown zone - Newtown Ward (2014). Newtown was the trial area for residential 20mph zones when we extended the original 20mph zone to further improve road safety in this area

Get involved - help reduce traffic speed in your area

You can help raise awareness and reduce traffic speed in your local roads by taking part in Community Speed Watch (CSW), working in partnership with your Neighbourhood Policing Team. This enables members of the community to carry out speed checks, which are then reported to Dorset Police.

Further information and advice about speed limits and penalties:

Quick answers about speed limits - Department for Transport's fact sheet

Information about speeding penalties

Road safety organisations

There are a number of road safety organisations that work towards making streets safer for everyone. Although the content is not endorsed by the Borough of Poole you may find the information helpful:

 
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