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About traffic management
Hampshire County Council is responsible for all roads and highways in Hampshire except for:
- motorways and trunk roads which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency
- roads in Southampton which are the responsibility of Southampton City Council
- roads in Portsmouth which are the responsibility of Portsmouth City Council
- a small minority of privately-maintained highways.
As a Highway Authority, the County Council has a duty to manage the road network so as to ensure, so far as possible, the safe and convenient movement of traffic, which includes pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. Traffic management involves the use of a range of measures to help keep traffic moving safely including:
- on-street parking controls
- speed limits
- lorry controls
- direction signing
- traffic calming
- pedestrian crossings.
The Hampshire Local Transport Plan sets out the policies and programmes for transport related investment in the County, the principle traffic aims being to reduce the harmful impact of the car and to tackle congestion, speed and pollution issues. Traffic management matters are investigated by the County Council’s Traffic Management Group or by the local District or Borough Council’s Traffic Team, depending where the problem is located.
Hampshire Police are responsible for all moving traffic offences in the County, including speeding, and for offences such as obstruction and contravention of prohibited turns or weight limits. An increasing number of District and Borough Councils are taking on responsibility for parking matters through Civil Parking Enforcement by local civil enforcement officers.