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Yew Tree Drive bus gate trial opening and engineering works

Updated 19 November 2013

In June 2013 the County Council decided to proceed with plans to open the bus gate at Yew Tree Drive for a trial period of three months. The trial opening will start in 2014 after the completion of essential preliminary engineering works.

The works include traffic calming measures to increase the safety of pedestrians and other road users in and around Yew Tree Drive, Swanick Lane, Swanick and Botley Road, Burridge, during the trial period and beyond.

The works are described in detail below. The works will start on 25 November 2013 and last for two months ending on or about 25 January 2014.

Scheme Details

New traffic calming: speed cushions

There will be:

  1. new speed cushions on Yew Tree Drive.

  2. speed cushions on the currently un-calmed arm of Sweethills Crescent. This will complement the existing speed cushions on Sweethills Crescent.

New road crossings

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  1. Relocation of the bus stop east of the Gull Coppice entrance to allow waiting buses to be clear of the informal crossing point.

  2. Relocation of the bus stop on Yew Tree Drive, by the western Sweethills Crescent junction.

Changes to speed limits and parking restrictions

  1. 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.

  2. 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

Traffic management

Traffic management will be in place throughout the construction period and traffic signals will only be used outside peak times: not between 7am and 9am and not between 4pm and 6pm.

Contact details

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.