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Yew Tree Drive trial bus gate opening

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A trial opening of the Yew Tree Drive Bus Gate in Whiteley has been approved by Hampshire County Council.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, agreed the trial opening at his decision day on Monday 7 October.

Before the trial commences a number of traffic calming measures will be put in place to increase the safety of road users and pedestrians in and around Yew Tree Drive, Swanick Lane, Swanick and Botley Road, Burridge, during the trial and beyond. These will be installed between November this year and January 2014 and will include speed cushions, a toucan crossing, a heavy goods vehicle ban, pedestrian refuge islands, crossing points, permanent flashing speed limit signs, a 20mph speed limit and parking restrictions.

The trial will be for three months and will start following the completion of the traffic calming measures and the current works on the M27. During the trial a number of surveys and counts will be undertaken to determine the impact of the bus gate opening in the surrounding area. These will include measuring traffic flow, speed, accident numbers, air quality, noise and impacts on bus services. While the surveys are being analysed the bus gate will remain open.

Councillor Woodward, said: "The trial opening along with the installation of the traffic calming measures will give local residents and businesses a realistic representation of what it would be like if the bus gate was opened permanently.

"Although our consultation with local residents and businesses showed that 83 per cent of respondents supported a trial opening of the bus gate, I hope that any concerns people had will be alleviated through the introduction of all the safety measures.

"Once the results of the trial have been analysed along with any comments I will then decide whether the bus gate should be opened permanently."

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