A public consultation was undertaken last autumn by Hampshire County Council (HCC) regarding transport and access improvements for Newbury Street to Chantry Street, Andover.
The public and web consultation received a good level of response, with 89% of respondents supporting the proposals for improvements. HCC received some invaluable feedback on the scheme. We have now had the chance to consider how best we can incorporate this feedback into the scheme. The main outcomes are:
- not to proceed with the proposed disabled bays on Newbury Street
- the addition of a pedestrian crossing point on the proposed enlarged island at the entry to Newbury Street, leading from the roundabout, to aid crossing the carriageway
- not to proceed with the raised carriageway throughout the scheme and instead provide a series of raised crossing tables with the carriageway remaining at its existing level
- implement enhancements at the junction of the Black Swan Yard to deter HGVs from the High Street. Signage will also accompany this to state the route is unsuitable for HGVs
- enhancements to signage to deter cyclists from the pedestrianised sections of the High Street (at both ends).
The next stage of the project is to seek approval to commence the detailed design work and move forward towards implementation in 2014/16. HCC are aware of events in the town centre and will programme the works to avoid disruption.
Many thanks to Cllr Karen Hamilton for the update