Proposals for improvements at the junction of Stanmore Lane and Romsey Road, Winchester
For some time consideration has been given to the junction arrangement of Stanmore Lane with Romsey Road. There has been a local desire to alter the junction layout to improve the exit approach for vehicles whilst also maintaining pedestrian and cyclist facilities. A public consultation took place in March 2013. HCC has now finalised the junction feasibility design taking account of the comments received. The final design can be viewed via this webpage. This scheme will now be taken forward to detailed design, with delivery expected in 2014.
Proposals in detail
The final design option for the junction will include:
- New two lane exit approach for vehicles travelling from Stanmore Lane onto Romsey Road. This will increase the number of vehicles that are able to exit Stanmore Lane when the traffic lights are green.
- Widening the carriageway to provide sufficient approach lane width for both vehicles and cyclists.
- The current advanced stop box and approach cycle lane would be removed and replaced with a new advanced cycle stop box, further forward than the present box.
To enable sufficient space to deliver the two lane exit approach at the junction, the existing signal controlled pedestrian crossing at the top of Stanmore Lane will need to be removed. It would be replaced with a pedestrian refuge. A survey indicated that this crossing point was not frequently used as the main desire line to cross Stanmore Lane is further south of the junction.
A new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing would need to be installed on Stanmore Lane, south of Olivers Road Battery North. It would be placed on the main desire line of pupils walking to school. While it would have been preferable to have a controlled crossing, for safety reasons this is not possible because the crossing is close to the "keep clear" area and the traffic lights. There is a high probability that drivers would be more focused on the signal junction, particularly when the lights were at green, which would have put pedestrians at risk.