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Darbys Lane improvements to start this month

Work on a series of improvements for walkers, wheelers and cyclists is set to start along Darbys Lane in Poole, from the New Inn junction to Trigon Road, next week.

Funded by central government’s Transforming Cities Fund, the improvements form part of a sustainable travel route between Poole town centre and Merley and will link into the new walking, cycling and bus facilities on Wimborne Road between the New Inn junction and Serpentine roundabout.

Planned improvements include:

  • The widening of a shared use path and vegetation clearance leading to Trigon Bridge. Introduction of double yellow lines and dropped kerbs to improve access to the shared path.
  • Installation of a raised table across the Darbys Lane/Heath Avenue/Popes Road junction to help lower vehicle speeds. The widening of footways and introduction of uncontrolled crossings on all arms of the junction to make it safer and easier for pedestrians to navigate the junction.
  • New wayfinding signage installed along the length of the route.
  • Installation of a raised table and parallel crossing on the eastern arm of the Darbys Lane/Dorchester Road junction to encourage lower vehicle speeds and provide a separate space for pedestrians and cyclists. Installation of a small section of cycle lane on Darbys Lane to make it safer and easier for cyclists to navigate the junction.
  • Footway widening near Oakdale Community Park to install uncontrolled crossings to make it safer and easier for pedestrians to cross the road and encourage lower vehicle speeds.

Starting from next Monday (8 January), work is anticipated to start at the Heath Avenue/Popes Road junction, which will be under two-way traffic signals between Monday 15 January and Friday 9 February.

Part of Darbys Lane will be closed during this period with the diversion, via Dorchester Road, signposted.

Julian McLaughlin, Director for Infrastructure at BCP Council, said: “I’m pleased to see these improvements get underway – it's part of our ongoing commitment to encouraging active travel wherever possible by creating a safer and more sustainable environment for residents and school children to get around.

“Our overall aim is to create a greener, healthier, better connected community, and these improvements are helping to make that happen.”

More information about these works can be found at

Proposals for Darbys Lane
Posted on Tuesday 2 January 2024