Wanborough Traffic Calming - how the roads will change this year.

 

Wanborough Traffic Calming Scheme - Update May 2021:

 

Both phases one and two are now fully funded via the Southern Connector Road funding from the Department for Transport. 

 

The phases include automated signage at the tight bend at the top of Pack Hill, safer signage for the pedestrian crossing to Hooper’s Field across Rotten Row, re-positioning the roundabout on High Street/Rotten Row to improve visibility and safety, as well as a range of measures on the High Street.

 

Officers from my NEV team will come to meet residents who have raised with me some minor concerns, but every single person I have spoken to says its needed. 

The improvements will slow traffic and make the High Street a less desirable rat run.

 

Delighted we now have that security that the full scheme can be delivered and pleased that another priority I had highlighted will move forward this year. 

 

I updated the Parish Council tonight as I know they had concerns, but officers will try to understand their issues as well. I’ve walked up and down the High Street with officers and scheme designers identifying regularly used crossing locations and parking safety issues.

 

Because of the wish to bring forward an attractive scheme there are opportunities for wildflower planting in build-outs and verges.

 

Deterring rat running is a policy promise and our resident’s safety is key.

 

Gary Sumner
Your Ridgeway Ward Councillor

 

 

23rd March 2021 - Update on the Wanborough Traffic Calming Scheme:

 

I have been approached since the consultation concluded in August 2020 by some residents with personal concerns about areas of traffic calming which they believe may affect them personally.

 

I have been out to meet residents individually and officers have fed back that whilst the consultation was carried out and publicised quite legally, the final locations of 'build outs' in the scheme is not yet fixed and may be refined.

 

The officers will be confirming a timeline to come out and meet individual residents to discuss these items and I have requested that for complete transparency we hold a physical exhibition at the village hall of the plans when completed.

 

Every resident has agreed the need for the scheme and that something must be done to both slow drivers down but to discourage through traffic.

 

We have also discussed the importance of this being done before the new homes are built at Redlands.

 

Consultation process: The consultation was advertised on the village Facebook page, twitter, Lyden Magazine (hand delivered to every home in the village), plans were shown at my Ward Councillor surgery at the Village Hall over several months even after the consultation ended. It was also advertised in the local press and on dedicated pages on the SBC website. 

 

 

Wanborough traffic calming scheme

 

As part of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) development, a comprehensive access strategy has been developed to ensure that the surrounding area does not suffer from the effects of additional traffic. One such measure is a new link road, the Southern Connector Road (SCR), which will provide access to the new development from Commonhead and Pack Hill. In order to ensure there is not an increase in inappropriate through traffic in Wanborough and the surrounding villages, the junctions on the SCR have been designed to prohibit movements that could be used as rat-runs. To further discourage through traffic, the council proposes to install traffic calming measures within the village itself, these proposals are detailed below.

 

Traffic calming proposals

The scheme aims to reduce speeds and make the route less desirable for inappropriate through traffic with the use of traditional engineering solutions and psychological traffic calming, whilst also respecting the distinct character of the village.

 

Changes to the High Street include:

  • the realignment of the mini roundabout to reduce approach speed
  • prominent narrowing gateway features with emphasis on the speed limit
  • increased formal parking spaces and reduced informal parking locations
  • additional formal pedestrian crossings
  • priority buildouts to slow drivers and reduce traffic flows in both directions
  • road narrowing through the High Street and the approach from Callas Hill
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Changes to Pack Hill include:

  • the introduction of a loop activated LED carriageway sign. This will inform vehicles travelling in the other direction that a larger vehicle is approaching, allowing sufficient time to stop and wait.
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Changes to Rotten Row include:

  • the upgrade to the existing pedestrian crossing to Hooper’s field comprise, provision of hazard marker posts either side of the carriageway on both approaches to the crossing bringing it to the attention of motorists
  • new SLOW road markings on either side of the crossing. This will warn drivers to slow down.
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Changes to The Marsh and Burycroft include:

  • the introduction of unsuitable for HGV traffic signs to inform HGV and large vehicles that the road is not suitable
  • edge of carriageway markings to clearly distinguish the carriageway edge and visually narrow the road to reduce speeds
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Wanborough Traffic Calming - Consultation ended - the scheme will now be designed in greater detail and delivered Winter 2021/2022 - link below to the scheme page:

There is a current 'Discharge of Conditions' application as part of the Planning Consent for 370 homes at Redlands:

 

The new proposed junction to Redlands Village.

 

The Road Safety Audit (RSA) raises some concerns and I'm determined that these are fully addressed.

 

The Wanborough Road priority will change with the new development with the road from the Covingham direction sweeping into the new housing development and a right turn created to continue into Wanborough village.

 

SPEED:

The Road Safety Audit raised something we all know - that cars go well above the speed limit. Whilst they reference the proposed traffic calming between Redlands and Wanborough to be delivered as part of the planning conditions, they don't deal with measures between Redlands and Covingham.

 

I feel that we need the 30mph limit from Covingham to Wanborough.

 

 

THE NEW WANBOROUGH ROAD - HOW WILL IT LOOK?

The Wanborough Road (as it will be) goes from Covingham, provides an access to the 200 homes at Lotmead with access to the Wanborough Road, then comes to the new junction with the Southern Connector Road (where you will only be able to travel straight ahead).

 

Then you will come to the new Redlands village access and the final section will have numerous 'build outs' to slow traffic and force vehicles to give way to opposing traffic.

 

LIGHTING? 

Currently the Wanborough Road - an ancient Roman Road and currently a rural road contains no streetlights. Clearly with the new developments some lighting will be required - on junctions where they join the road and at an appropriate level for the rural feel of the road and wildlife. 

 

NO HGV's?

The response on one of the questions from the RSA mistakenly states that the Wanborough Road has a 7.5tonne weight limit. It doesn't. There is one at Covingham. Obviously allowing for the required construction traffic and agricultural vehicles/deliveries should we prevent HGV'S?

 

NO THROUGH ROAD?

Currently there is a '1976' Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which created a 'No Through Road all the way from Covingham to Foxhill. This has not been enforced in decades and with all of the new connections completely impractical. We need a new TRO that is fit for purpose and enforceable by the police. 

 

IPlease make comments as appropriate diectly on the aplication but I would be really grateful for your comments and throughts to me - email gary@ridgewayvillages.co.uk

 

Thanks

Gary Sumner

 

If you want to comment please do so by the 30th November.

 

Comments to sbcdc@swindon.gov.uk quoting the following reference:

 

Application Reference S/COND/20/1453

Below is an indication of how the Wanborough Road, from here to Covingham will change in 2021:

WANBOROUGH TRAFFIC CALMING PROPOSAL:

 

I first drove Highways Officers around Wanborough in 2015/16 to identify the issues.

 

Now that we have some funding identified I met officers again twice on site earlier this year to look at the High Street scheme as a logical starting point (the Wanborough Road is to be traffic calmed and narrowed) so this follows on logically.

 

I walked the High Street with the Highways Officers and scheme designers, identified various issues, showed them natural crossing places and where parking is required.

 

We also looked at improving the roundabout alignment with Rotten Row for safety.

 

I highlighted the crossing point to Hooper's Field in Rotten Row and I drove the officers to look at other issues and we looked at the narrow bend at the top of Pack Hill for which we have a proposal.

 

This scheme is to deter traffic from using Wanborough as a convenient rat run. It may cause local inconvenience, but we have asked for years to be protected as a result of forthcoming house-building in the New Eastern Villages.

 

https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20019/consultations_engagement_and_surveys/1127/wanborough_traffic_calming_scheme_consultation

 

Background

As part of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) a comprehensive access strategy has been developed to ensure that the surrounding area does not suffer from the effects of additional traffic. One such measure is a new link road, the Southern Connector Road (SCR), which will provide access to the new development from Commonhead and Pack Hill. In order to ensure there is not an increase in inappropriate through traffic in Wanborough and the surrounding villages the junctions on the SCR have been designed to prohibit movements that could be used as rat-runs. To further discourage through-traffic the council has secured grant funding to install traffic calming measures within the village itself. The purpose of this consultation is to present the initial designs for a traffic calming scheme within Wanborough and receive feedback from local people on the proposals.

 

Proposals

The scheme aims to reduce speeds through use of traditional engineering solutions and psychological traffic calming whilst also respecting the distinct character of the village.

 

Changes to the High Street include:

· realignment of the mini roundabout to reduce approach speed

· prominent narrowing gateway features with emphasis on the speed limit

· increased formal parking spaces and reduced informal parking locations

· additional formal pedestrian crossings

· priority build-outs to slow drivers and reduce traffic flows in both directions

· road narrowing through the High Street and the approach from Callas Hill.

 

Changes to Pack Hill include:

· Introduction of a loop activated LED carriageway sign. This will inform vehicles travelling in the other direction that a larger vehicle is approaching, allowing sufficient time to stop and wait.

 

Changes to Rotten Row include:

· Upgrade to existing pedestrian crossing to Hooper’s field comprise, provision of hazard marker posts either side of the carriageway on both approaches to the crossing bringing it to the attention of motorists. In addition to this, SLOW road marking either side of the crossing will warn drivers to slow down.

 

 

FAQs - Wanborough Traffic Calming
 

Why is the scheme needed?

  • The scheme is part of a wider package of transport schemes designed to ensure surrounding areas are not impacted by traffic from the New Eastern Villages. The purpose of this scheme is to slow traffic as it passes through Wanborough to prevent it being perceived as a through-route.
     

What are the key elements of the scheme?

  • Improvements consist of:
  • realignment of the mini roundabout to reduce approach speed
  • prominent narrowing gateway features with emphasis on the speed limit
  • increased formal parking spaces and reduced informal parking locations
  • additional formal pedestrian crossings
  • priority buildouts to slow drivers and reduce traffic flows in both directions
  • road narrowing through the High Street and the approach from Callas Hill
  •  introduction of a loop activated LED carriageway sign on Pack Hill. This will inform vehicles travelling in the other direction that a larger vehicle is approaching, allowing sufficient time to stop and wait
     

How will parking provision change?

  • There will be an increase in formal parking spaces along the High Street and parking will become more controlled to better manage the interaction between parked vehicles and traffic.

 

 

 

When will works start and how long will they last?

  • Works are expected to commence towards the end of 2021 and last for approximately 15 weeks.

 

What is the visual impact on the area?

  • The visual impact on the area will be minimal. The design seeks to retain  the village feel by using less imposing features such as  horizontal traffic calming measures (for example narrowing of  the carriageway) rather than vertical measures such as raised humps.

 

Will parking be provided during construction of scheme?

  • Unfortunately it will not be possible to retain parking on the High Street during construction.

 

Will there be road closures?

  • Each of the following roads will require one overnight closure for resurfacing works :
    • Junction of Rotten row
    • Summerset Close
    • Manor Orchard
    • Chapel Lane
    • High Street

Will the buses still be running through the village?

  • We will be working with the bus companies to maintain the routes where possible.

 

 

 

 

Will I still be able to access my drive during construction?

  • Yes, the majority of the time access to drives will be retained. There will be a short period when new kerbing is laid directly outside your property when access will not be possible. You will be notified in advance of when this and works can be rescheduled if access is required at a specific time.

 

How will the construction impact on the use of the Parish Hall? Including groups using the hall.

  • We will maintain access whenever possible, the parish hall will be notified of estimated construction times and works can be rescheduled if access is required at a specific time. There will be a traffic marshal on site to direct people.
     

How will construction traffic access the village?

  • All Construction traffic will enter and leave the village via Merlin way and Wanborough road only.  

 

How will you ensure pedestrians can safely use the area during construction?

  • Temporary footways will be installed by the contractor where possible. There will be a traffic marshal on site to direct people.
     

Will there be improved pedestrian and cycle facilities?

  • We will be constructing a new footpath, however due to width restrictions we are unable to install new cycle facilities.
     

Do all the works fall within the highway boundary?

  • Yes, all works are on the public highway.

 

Who will be responsible for its upkeep / maintenance?

  • Swindon Borough Council will be responsible for the maintenance.
     

Once in place, will it be monitored so we can understand whether the improvements are working?

  • Yes, as part of the NEV transport strategy a robust monitoring and evaluation plan is being developed. Traffic levels in Wanborough and other surrounding areas will be monitored and corrective action will be taken if required.   

 

Address

Cllr Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward

Blenheim
Wanborough
Swindon
SN4 0AW

 

Tel: 01793 790814
E-mail:
gary@ridgewayvillages.co.uk

 

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