Oliver’s Battery Road Junction

Road Junction with Badger Farm Road

 

The safety of this junction, the long waits often experienced in exiting from Oliver’s Battery Road South and speed of traffic on Badger Farm Road has long been a concern of residents of Oliver’s Battery. In the spring of 2015, the Parish Council (PC) put forward a range of options designed to reduce the issues associated with this junction and a list of priorities (based on achievability) was provided to Hampshire County Council (HCC) who would undertake the necessary minor road works.

 

A meeting was arranged for the PC to meet with Andy Smith, an engineer from HCC Traffic management on 26 February 2015.  Topics discussed included traffic lights at the junction, a box junction, the “keep clear” signs, widening the footpath on the east side of Oliver’s Battery Road South near the junction, changes to the southern entrance to the underpass and reducing the speed limits on Badger Farm Road and Oliver’s Battery Road South.

 

Following this meeting a list of priorities was issued by the PC to County Councillor Phil Bailey with copies to MP Steve Brine and the City Councillors.

 

Our County Councillor, Phil Bailey, applied to have the work done under the Highways Minor Works Scheme but funding was not available for these works in 2015/2016 and this Scheme has now been discontinued.

 

The responses to the questionnaire distributed to all residents in January 2016 to inform the Oliver’s Battery Plan (for which there was a 73% response rate) reflected a high level of on-going concern about the safety of the junction.

 

Following another accident at the junction in July 2016, a meeting was arranged for the PC to meet with Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Highways and the Environment for HCC, together with the Winchester City Council councillors The purpose of the meeting was to discuss options, costs, accident data and constraints for the junction.

 

The meeting took place on 19 October. The PC had, prior to the meeting, sent to Councillor Humby data regarding the considerable number of concerns about the junction that residents highlighted in their responses to the Oliver’s Battery Plan questionnaire.

 

Councillor Humby explained that funds for highways improvements were finite and had to be prioritised. The accident history for the junction did not make it a high enough priority for major expenditure. However, we pointed out that in 2015 the PC had suggested some changes to the junction that would not involve significant funds and that the PC had indicated its willingness to contribute to some of the cost. There had been no response from HCC to those suggested changes. At Councillor Humby’s s request, those suggested changes have been resubmitted to him for consideration by HCC.

 

Councillor Humby has confirmed that there is no justification for any proposed works within the safety programme and a feasibility study would be required in connection with any improvements to the junction layout, including widening the footway on the east side of Oliver’s Battery Road South near the junction.

 

Work on the feasibility study commenced in March 2017 but has not yet been concluded. We will produce an update on the conclusions of the feasibility study once they become available.

 

We also asked for the speed limit for the section of road from Stanmore Lane to the Sainsburys roundabout to be reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph. We were informed that the Police would not support proposed lower speed limits that they think will not be complied with by drivers. The main criteria the Police use is that the existing mean speeds must be close to the proposed lower limit (the mean speeds between the Sainsbury’s and Pitt roundabouts were recorded as between 34 and 36 mph, which was not considered to be close enough to 30 mph).

 

We have asked, and HCC have agreed, for a further review of the current injury-accident data throughout the route from Hockley Link to Pitt roundabout.

 

Finally, we arranged for the overgrown foliage on the bend in Badger Farm Road between the Oliver’s Battery Road South and Ridgeway junctions be cut back to improve the sightline east from Oliver’s Battery Road South.  This will be an ongoing maintenance issue.