WANBOROUGH TRAFFIC CALMING PROPOSAL:
The consultation will last for 6 weeks.
I first drove highways officers around in 2015/16 to identify the issues.
Now that we have some funding identified I met officers again twice 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.
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.
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?
What are the key elements of the scheme?
How will parking provision change?
When will works start and how long will they last?
What is the visual impact on the area?
Will parking be provided during construction of scheme?
Will there be road closures?
Will the buses still be running through the village?
Will I still be able to access my drive during construction?
How will the construction impact on the use of the Parish Hall? Including groups using the hall.
How will construction traffic access the village?
How will you ensure pedestrians can safely use the area during construction?
Will there be improved pedestrian and cycle facilities?
Do all the works fall within the highway boundary?
Who will be responsible for its upkeep / maintenance?
Once in place, will it be monitored so we can understand whether the improvements are working?