20 mph 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).

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.

The benefits of 20mph speed zones

20mph speed limits improve the safety and quality of life for local people, by promoting more considerate driving. We hope this will encourage more of us to use our streets for walking, cycling, playing or just socialising.

With fewer cars and more people out and about, the places we live in should be safer, friendlier, quieter and cleaner places.

Local Authority 20 mph Zones

Bournemouth 20mph Zones

 

  1. St Walburgas School
  2. Christ the King School
  3. St Luke’s School
  4. Hill View School
  5. Oak and Leaf Academy
  6. Winton Primary School
  7. Stourfield Infants and Junior School
  8. Harewood Ave for Harewood Academy and Avonwood Primary
  9. Lowther Rd for Marmesbury Park Primary School
  10. Bisphop of Winchester School
  11. Moordown St Johns School
  12. Park School
  13. East Way (Bournemouth School for Boys, Bournemouth School for Girls and Queens Park Infants and Juniors)
  14. Polksdown School
  15. Part time 20mph Zones on Alma Rd and Christchurch Rd for Linwood and St James Schools
  16. Wick Lane
  17. Corpus Christi Scool and St James Home Zone
  18. Muscliffe Lane and Shillingston Drive (Muscliffe and Epiphany Schools)
  19. Throop Lane
  20. Manor Farm Rd
  21. Boscombe Town Centre
  22. Richmond Hill
  23. Boscombe - St Clements
  24. Kings Park Drive
  25. Bournemouth Town Centre including Horseshoe Common East
  26. Bournemouth Town Centre West

Poole's 20mph zones

A number of new zones are planned for 2018.

20mph zones already created in densely populated residential areas 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). This was Poole's trial residential 20mph zone.

List below shows the areas covered by a 20mph limit or zone and the year that they came in effect.

 

  • Beaminster – Various roads – 20mph limit – 2000
  • Broadwindsor – Various roads – 20mph limit – 2015
  • Blandford – 20mph zone – Town centre – 2003
  • Blandford –Milldown Road/Jubilee Way – 20mph zone – 2003
  • Blandford St Mary – Various Road – 20mph limit – 2006
  • Bridport – Skilling Hill Rd, Alexandra Rd/Court and Watton Park – 20mph limit – 2005
  • Bridport – St Andrew’s Rd/Coneygar Rd – 20mph zone – 2004
  • Bridport – Victoria Grove – 20mph limit – 2008
  • Melbury Abbas – 20mph limit – 2006
  • Child Okeford – Various Roads – 2006
  • Dorchester – Coburg Road – 20mph limit – 2006
  • Dorchester – Fordington – 20mph zone – 2002
  • Ferndown – Cherry Grove – 20mph limit – 2006
  • Hampreston – 20mph limit – 2006
  • Gillingham, Town Centre – 20mph limit – 1995
  • Sherborne, various roads – 20mph zone – 2002
  • Sixpenny Handley – 20mph limit – 2005
  • Witchampton – 20mph zone – 2004
  • Wimborne, Chapel Ln/East Borough – 20mph limit – 2004
  • Wimborne, Town Centre – 20mph limit – 2005
  • Weymouth and Portland, Southdown Rd/Hillcrest Rd area – 20mph limit – 2001
  • Weymouth and Portland, Faircross Ave/Everest Rd area – 20mph limit – 2001
  • Weymouth and Portland, Goldcroft Rd area – 20mph zone – 2004 (2009 for Longcroft Lane)
  • Weymouth and Portland – Nottington Lane – 20mph zone - 2004
  • Weymouth and Portland – Park District – 20mph zone –
  • Christchurch, Christchurch Infant and Junior School Area – 20mph zone – 2002
  • Christchurch, Highcliffe School area – 20mph zone – 2002
  • Christchurch, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary Sch area – 20mph zone – 2003
  • Christchurch, Highcliffe St Mark Primary School are – 20mph zone – 2004
  • Christchurch, Mudeford Junior School – 20mph zone – 2004
  • Christchurch, Somerford Primary Community School and The Grange Comprehensive School – 20mph zone – 2004
  • Christchurch, Burton area – 20mph limit – 2006
  • Christchurch, Wick Ln/Wickfield Ave – 20mph zone – 2006
  • Christchurch, Mudeford Infant School – 20mph zone – 2005
  • Christchurch, Priory C of E (VA) Primary School area – 20mph zone - 2006
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