£1m boost for busy Eastleigh Junction
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, today agreed a £1m project to improve congestion and pedestrian safety at the Leigh Road, Woodside Avenue and Passfield Avenue crossroads in Eastleigh.
The improvements are set to start in May and will consist of an upgrade to the traffic signals including two additional left turn lanes to improve capacity. In addition, two new toucan crossings will provide better links to existing cycleways, one on Woodside Avenue and one on Leigh Road.
Cllr Woodward commented on the scheme: "This junction is notoriously busy during peak times and pedestrians and cyclists are left to negotiate traffic between signal changes. The junction improvements are predicted to ease congestion by 60 per cent on average. Reducing congestion will not only ease people's journeys during peak times but will also improve air quality in the area.
"The installation of two new toucan crossings will provide a much safer way of crossing this busy junction for pedestrians and cyclists who live and work in the local area."