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Start date for Basingstoke's London Road pedestrian improvements

Friday, 24 May 2013

Work on a £360,000 road improvement scheme for London Road in Basingstoke will start at the end of May. The improvements are aimed at helping to make the road crossing safer and encouraging traffic to travel at lower traffic speeds.

Costello Technology College, local residents and the local members have been consulted on the design of the scheme by Hampshire County Council. It includes building three new pedestrian crossing points with refuge islands along London Road, with another to replace the existing priority build-out at the eastern end of the road near the junction with the Ringway. This will mean there will be four in total on London Road.

At the junction with Eastrop Lane, the existing section of road that was previously made narrower will be reconstructed to its original width with an additional pedestrian refuge island to assist crossing. Changes will also be made to the junction with Crossborough Hill to make it easier for the traffic affected by the new pedestrian refuge on London Road to turn out of the junction and help to improve safety for pedestrians.

The scheme, which is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete, is funded largely by developer contributions with the balance paid for with a grant from Government. Before it starts, some utility services will need to be diverted (gas, electric and mains water). Although the Council will attempt to keep disruption to a minimum while these utilities are being diverted and during construction, temporary traffic lights will be in use to assure safety for drivers, pedestrians and workmen. The public is asked to be patient at these times as there will be a noticeable improvement afterwards.

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