Roads and Transport

Proposed traffic calming on Crondall Road in Crookham Village

Updated 6 December 2013: Outcomes of the public consultation

During the autumn 2013 Hampshire County Council held a public consultation on Traffic Calming proposals for Crondall Road, Crookham Village. Thank you to all those people who provided valuable feedback on the proposed schemes.

We received 93 responses. Respondents included residents of Crondall Road and people who use this road routing between Crookham Village and the A287.

The comments received have now been considered and the County Council’s responses are summarised below. Many of the individual responses received have been grouped into concerns of the same nature and these are summarised below. However, if you consider your comment has not been represented in the summary or would like further clarification on the response provided please contact the transport team via email greg.churcher@hants.gov.uk

Traffic Calming Proposals

Of the 93 respondents 75% support the 'preferred' option 1 (a combination of build-outs and pinch-points). There were several common concerns raised regarding these measures by both those who supported and did not support the proposals. These were:

  • The features are in the wrong place. Visibility for approaching drivers and access to private properties has been taken into account when locating the build-outs and pinch-points. They will not be located where visibility is below safety standards and they will not hinder the movement of vehicles at junctions or access points. Having assessed traffic flows on Crondall Road it is also not expected for vehicles which are giving way at a build out/ pinch point to be queueing back across access points/driveways.

  • The pinch-points are too narrow for two cars to pass. From previous examples where there is a pinch-point, a 30mph speed limit and a remaining road width of 4.2metres this will lead to occasions where drivers give priority (give/take) to each other on an informal basis. This was acknowledged in the consultation notes and it is considered that the uncertainty created leads to more effective speed reduction.

  • The traffic calming features are a safety hazard, particularly the southern most build-out where the speed limit would be 40/50mph. The build-outs at the bottom of Brook Hill and at the 40mph/50mph speed limit gateway are now being re-considered with a view to removing and providing a virtual feature (respectively). All of the proposed build-outs and pinch points are subject to a full safety audit prior to implementation.

  • Farmers can not access their fields. Retaining access for farmers to their land is an important aspect of the design and has been considered during the study to date. Contact details for local farmers have been provided during the consultation period and they will be contacted during the detailed design stage to ensure the design enables the passage of agricultural vehicles.

  • The reduction in speed that will be achieved is not cost effective. The money would be better spent on police to enforce the speed limit - Reducing speeds on Crondall Road will have a safety benefit for pedestrians however it also has a safety, operational, and environmental benefit for residents living on Crondall Road as well as for drivers, cyclists and horse riders who use this road. It is considered that the proposed package of traffic calming features will reduce speeds on Crondall Road.
    Virtual pinch points have been recommended where the carriageway is already too narrow to be further reduced by a physical feature. While it is acknowledged that these are not as effective in reducing speeds as a physical a pinch-point they remain effective, especially when used between other physical pinch-points as is proposed here. The terms associated with the funding allocated to these proposals means that it can not be used to increase police presence.

  • These features will cause gridlock during peak traffic flow times. Traffic flows were assessed as part of the feasibility study to ensure that a priority build-out feature was practical. This has found that traffic flow will allow sufficient breaks for vehicle movements to pass without significant delay but enough that the feature is effective in reducing speeds.

Footway

59% of respondents support proposals for a footway between the canal car park and public house. The concerns raised were:

  • A footway is not needed at this location. This stretch of Crondall Road is popular with walkers along the canal who also use the public house. The proposals would provide a formal footway for pedestrians to use as opposed to the verge which becomes less suitable during winter months. Although this is a relatively straight section of Crondall Road with good forward visibility, this factor also leads to increased vehicle speeds hence the requirement to provide a safe provision for pedestrians. The study assessed the provision of other sections of footway along Crondall Road however third party land issues has made this the most suitable location for provision of footway.

  • There is greater need for a footway in another location - The study assessed the provision of a footway on other sections of Crondall Road however not all were deliverable due in part to the level of funding available, or third party land requirements. The provision of footway along Crondall Road will remain on the Hart District Transport Statement scheme list for funding to be secured against.

  • Urbanising a rural road (loss of vegetation). The rural location has been taken into account when designing the proposed works. It is considered that there is extensive evidence of footways in rural areas.

  • Unclear from the consultation drawing what land / vegetation loss will be required to accommodate this. We are currently at feasibility stage and the footway is known to be deliverable within the highway boundary. Detailed design will follow this consultation period and as part of this phase of work our ecology and arboriculture teams will take a closer look at the implications for vegetation.

Speed limit changes

78% of respondents support proposals for speed limit changes. The concerns raised were:

  • Can we have 20mph speed limit? The County Council is currently running a trail on 20mph speed limits
    The sites for this trial have been decided and no further sites will be implemented until the result of the trial are known. Crondall Road could be added to the list for consideration of possible future 20mph sites. It will be at least a year until results from the trial are fully assessed.

  • The speed should be 30mph at the southern gateway. It has not been possible to lower the speed limit to 30mph to cover the existing 40mph speed limit extent due to vehicle speeds currently being too high to reasonably enforce. It is anticipated that with the implementation of the proposed traffic calming/management features vehicles speeds will be reduced to an enforceable level. Vehicle speeds will be monitored following implementation of the scheme and the possibility of reducing to a 30mph can then be reviewed.

Next Steps

  • We will now submit a full business case for approval to proceed with the detailed design phase with consideration of your comments

  • Subject to approval, a programme will be established for the timescales associated with detailed design

  • Subject to successful completion of the detailed designs a Project Appraisal will be submitted for approval to begin the delivery/implementation phase

  • CRAG and Crookham Village Parish Council and the County Councillor will be kept informed of progress

The proposals

The proposals are to:

  • reduce the speed limit to 50mph in the currently de-restricted section (south of Basingstoke Canal)
  • install traffic calming measures (Preferred Option 1) on Crondall Road between Pilcot Road and Zephon Common Lane
  • build a footway along the western verge of Crondall Road between the Exchequer public house and Basingstoke Canal.

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Background

Crookham Village Parish Council (CVPC) and the Crondall Road Action Group (CRAG) had shared concerns with Hampshire County Council about the speed of traffic and lack of pedestrian facilities on Crondall Road. Two accidents resulting in injuries have occurred over the past four years and a number of ‘near misses’ have also been reported.

Hampshire County Council held a public consultation on proposals to install traffic calming measures and a new section of footway along part of Crondall Road in Crookham Village.

The consultation started on 11 September 2013 and ended on 9 October 2013.

The final proposals will depend on the outcome of the consultation and detailed design work.

Objectives and expected outcomes

The objectives are to:

  • reduce the speed of traffic to the 30mph speed limit or close to it
  • improve pedestrian facilities
  • make the village environment more pleasant for its users

Exhibition of plans on Wednesday 11 September 6pm to 8pm

An exhibition of the plans was held in Crookham Village at the WI Hall on 11 September from 6pm to 8pm. Your County Councillor and County Council officers were present to answer questions about the proposals, and survey forms were available for residents to complete.