Truro Quiet Lanes

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We are working with partners to improve the health and fitness of residents and visitors, and tackle climate change, by promoting walking and cycling projects and encouraging more people to leave their cars at home.

One of these projects involves the Quiet Lanes, a network of rural, mainly unclassified, lanes between the B3284 (Shortlanesend area) and the A390 (Royal Cornwall Hospital and Threemilestone area).

The narrow lanes, which are unsuitable for high levels of traffic, are currently being used as a short cut by commuters travelling into the city and the hospital. As a result local residents and people wanting to walk and cycle in the area do not feel safe using them.

We aim to carry out a trial to make the lanes more attractive and accessible by reducing the amount of traffic and providing more space for people to walk and cycle safely. This will create a 15km network of quiet walking and cycling routes linking key destinations in Truro, helping to encourage more healthy lifestyles after the pandemic.

Cornwall Council is using this site to give you opportunities to share your views about the scheme and to keep you informed about progress.

What is being proposed?

Under the trial only residents and their visitors, and companies delivering to properties within the zone, will be allowed to use the lanes. Vehicle prohibition signs will be erected at 11 entry points, with the restrictions enforceable by the police. (see Plan below or view here)

The traffic prohibitions are being made using an 'Experimental Traffic Regulation Order'. This gives us the chance to see if and how it is working before making the measure permanent.

The scheme does NOT include any road closures or physical obstructions and the restrictions will not apply to the Emergency Services responding to a call.

The scheme will be funded through money awarded to Cornwall Council from the Government’s Active Travel Fund.

How you can get involved

635 people responded to a survey run through July and August to help us understand the issues and the views of residents and road users before the trail goes live. The full results can be found here. We will repeat this exercise during the trial to get your feedback on how it's working. Look out for the 'during trial' survey during October/ November 2021

A formal statutory consultation is part of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order process during the first 6 months of the trial. Feedback from that process, alongside the 'before and during' user surveys and comparison of traffic monitoring data will feed into the eventual decision on whether to make the traffic prohibitions permanent, to change the trial or scrap the whole idea.

The trial is due to go live from Thursday 16th September once the signs are uncovered and the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order has been advertised in local press.


We are working with partners to improve the health and fitness of residents and visitors, and tackle climate change, by promoting walking and cycling projects and encouraging more people to leave their cars at home.

One of these projects involves the Quiet Lanes, a network of rural, mainly unclassified, lanes between the B3284 (Shortlanesend area) and the A390 (Royal Cornwall Hospital and Threemilestone area).

The narrow lanes, which are unsuitable for high levels of traffic, are currently being used as a short cut by commuters travelling into the city and the hospital. As a result local residents and people wanting to walk and cycle in the area do not feel safe using them.

We aim to carry out a trial to make the lanes more attractive and accessible by reducing the amount of traffic and providing more space for people to walk and cycle safely. This will create a 15km network of quiet walking and cycling routes linking key destinations in Truro, helping to encourage more healthy lifestyles after the pandemic.

Cornwall Council is using this site to give you opportunities to share your views about the scheme and to keep you informed about progress.

What is being proposed?

Under the trial only residents and their visitors, and companies delivering to properties within the zone, will be allowed to use the lanes. Vehicle prohibition signs will be erected at 11 entry points, with the restrictions enforceable by the police. (see Plan below or view here)

The traffic prohibitions are being made using an 'Experimental Traffic Regulation Order'. This gives us the chance to see if and how it is working before making the measure permanent.

The scheme does NOT include any road closures or physical obstructions and the restrictions will not apply to the Emergency Services responding to a call.

The scheme will be funded through money awarded to Cornwall Council from the Government’s Active Travel Fund.

How you can get involved

635 people responded to a survey run through July and August to help us understand the issues and the views of residents and road users before the trail goes live. The full results can be found here. We will repeat this exercise during the trial to get your feedback on how it's working. Look out for the 'during trial' survey during October/ November 2021

A formal statutory consultation is part of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order process during the first 6 months of the trial. Feedback from that process, alongside the 'before and during' user surveys and comparison of traffic monitoring data will feed into the eventual decision on whether to make the traffic prohibitions permanent, to change the trial or scrap the whole idea.

The trial is due to go live from Thursday 16th September once the signs are uncovered and the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order has been advertised in local press.


  • CLOSED: This survey is currently closed.

    We welcome feedback and views from all residents and regular users of the Truro Quiet Lanes network. 

    A public opinion survey ran from July until 20 August 2021 with 635 responders providing answers and comments on the trial before it comes into operation. Results from this survey are published at the link here.

     A similar survey will be run during the trial later this autumn to help us understand the impacts and views of people once the scheme is running. 

    Please look out for the survey in October/ November 2021. In addition you can respond to the formal statutory consultation on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order which is due to advertised in late September in the local press and via the Cornwall Council's Consultation Finder Website


    Privacy Notice 

    We will use the information you provide to inform the Truro Quiet Lanes scheme.

    The Data Controller for the information you provide in this survey is Cornwall Council, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY. Data Protection Registration Number: Z1745294. Once the survey has closed, your data will be held within Cornwall Council’s secure network and premises for up to 2 years. Access to your information will only be made to authorised members of staff who are required to process it for the purposes outlined in this privacy notice. 

    The anonymised survey results will be shared with Truro Quiet Lanes scheme partners.


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