Whiteley Yew Tree Drive bus gate: should the bus gate stay open permanently?
30 October 2014
Executive Member decision day 4 November 2014
On 4 November 2014 the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment will consider a report on the trial opening of the bus gate and the summer public consultation.
The report to the Executive Member includes a recommendation that the County Council should apply to Fareham Borough Council for a variation of current planning permissions in order to allow for the permanent opening of the bus gate.
Results of summer 2014 public consultation
The results of the public consultation exercise which ended on 4 July 2014 are now available:
86% of those who responded supported the permanent opening of the bus gate
Surveys were sent out to 5287 properties in Whiteley (4,711 to residents and 576 to businesses). 2126 responses were received. Full results and detailed analysis of question two and all comments received are in the full report.
Following earlier consultation the County Council opened the bus gate at Yew Tree Drive for a trial period from the end of February 2014 to end of May 2014, after the completion of essential preliminary engineering works.
During the three month trial we monitored traffic volume and speed, and air and noise quality.
Now that traffic data has been collected to evaluate the impact of the opening, we would like your views on whether the opening of Yew Tree Drive for all traffic has been beneficial for you and whether you would support a permanent opening. We would also like to know what, if any, further mitigation measures you would like to see provided.
Hampshire County Council as highway authority and Fareham Borough Council as planning authority will use the results of this consultation to help decide in the autumn whether the road should be kept open to all traffic on a permanent basis or to close it again. The bus gate will remain open pending this decision.
The consultation closed on 4 July 2014.
See below for details of the works that were carried out before the trial opening of the bus gate.
New traffic calming: speed cushions
new speed cushions on Yew Tree Drive.
speed cushions on the currently un-calmed arm of Sweethills Crescent. This will complement the existing speed cushions on Sweethills Crescent.
New road crossings
On Yew Tree Drive near Gull Coppice, a toucan crossing will replace the existing school crossing patrol. This means a crossing facility is available all day and not just at school times.
New uncontrolled crossing on Botley Road to the north of Station Road. Features will include new dropped kerbs, tactile paving, reflective bollards and a coloured road surfacing strip, designed to highlight the crossing point.
New uncontrolled crossing on Botley Road near Beacon Bottom- measures include new dropped kerbs, tactile paving, reflective bollards and a coloured road surfacing strip, designed to highlight the crossing point.
Heavy goods vehicle bans (on a trial basis)
Creation of a vehicle weight restriction for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on Yew Tree Drive between its junctions with Rookery Avenue and Clydesdale Road. The traffic regulations will allow for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes to access Yew Tree Drive to make deliveries but will not allow the road to be used as a through route. Access to Yew Tree Drive will only be allowed however via Rookery Avenue. This restriction will be experimental and monitored as part of the trial.
Creation of a vehicle weight restriction for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on Yew Tree Drive between its junctions with Botley Road and Clydesdale Road (the Yew Tree Drive Bus Gate). The traffic regulations will ban HGVs from using the bus gate as a through route and for access. This restriction will be experimental and monitored as part of the trial.
Pedestrian refuge islands
New pedestrian refuge island on the western end of Swanwick Lane at the eastern end of the lay-by near to the playground. This will provide a safer and more convenient crossing for people to reach the recreational facilities and will also provide a traffic calming effect.
New pedestrian refuge island on Botley Road midway between Rookery Avenue and Calabrese. This will provide a safer and more convenient pedestrian crossing and provide a traffic calming effect.
Changes to bus stops
Relocation of the bus stop east of the Gull Coppice entrance to allow waiting buses to be clear of the informal crossing point.
Relocation of the bus stop on Yew Tree Drive, by the western Sweethills Crescent junction.
Changes to speed limits and parking restrictions
Introduction of a permanent 20mph speed limit on Yew Tree Drive, from the small build outs west of Gull Coppice to the current location of the crossing patrol signs and red surfacing east of the new will complement the speed cushions proposed along Yew Tree Drive to ensure vehicle speeds are reduced especially in the vicinity of the school.
Investigation and implementation of parking restrictions on Yew Tree Drive/Clydesdale Road by Fareham Borough Council under the traffic management agency agreement.
View a plan showing location of the new features
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If you would like to make any comments on the scheme please e-mail the County Council:
Background and context: results of the 2013 public consultation
The results of the republic consultation which ended on 17 February 2013 are now available.
The first question was:
"'Would you support a six month trial opening of the bus gate at Yew Tree Drive?"
- Yes: 83% of responses (2,220 answered yes)
- No: 14% of responses (381 answered no)
- 2% of responses did not answer the question
A total of 2664 responses were received by post and online
Surveys were sent to 5,228 properties in Whiteley. (4,712 to residents and 576 to businesses).
The results and detailed analysis of question two and all comments received are in the full report.