Improvement Plans agreed for Pilcot Road, Crookham Village, Fleet
Thursday, 13 June 2013
In response to concerns from local residents, Hampshire County Council has given the go ahead for a pavement along Pilcot Road, and to promote a reduction in the speed limit to 30 mph along the route.
The new footpath will link into the existing footway on Knights Close in Crookham Village and extend westwards to the entrance of Dogmersfield Village. By providing a footpath and reducing the speed limit, pedestrians, drivers and cyclists can all benefit from a safer environment.
Pilcot Road has no pavement and is a rural road with a 40mph speed limit. During a 12-hour period in July 2010, a traffic survey found that over 3,000 vehicles used the road and traffic volumes are set to increase with future housing developments in the area. Pedestrians walking along Pilcot Road to reach local facilities, including the local schools, have reported motorists passing by too closely and, in the absence of a designated path, some pedestrians are choosing to walk along the steeply sloping grass verge which is a cause for concern in wet weather, particularly for parents with young children or those pushing prams.
Taking the location of utilities, trees and open ditches into consideration, it has been recommended that the footpath will be 1.2 metres in width and 425 metres in length, with a 0.5 metre safety verge created where the new footway will be running alongside existing open ditches. As part of the scheme, highway drainage will be improved or constructed where none exists currently.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, commented:
"I am pleased to be able to respond to local concerns and pressure for a new footway to be provided on Pilcot Road. This is a busy rural road, and the planned reduction in the speed limit together with the provision of a new footway will significantly improve things for all road users. There is a sound business case for this scheme and in agreeing the investment and it is my view that this work should be carried out at the earliest opportunity."
The County Council is investing £315,000 of developer contributions to fund the scheme and work is estimated to start in the autumn. Some minor advanced works may be required prior to the main construction. A road closure will be necessary so that work can be carried out safely and traffic will be diverted while the road is closed. More information about the diversion will be made available when the arrangements have been finalised.