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

Wanborough Road lighting

 

Wanborough Traffic Calming Scheme - Update January 2022:

 

Wanborough Traffic Calming:

 

We have gone out to tender with returns due by 18th January and the contract will be awarded early February.

 

The scheme includes the High Street (increasing parking overall) and making it less of a desirable route for ‘rat running’, automated warning signs on the bend at the top of Pack Hill and some improvement to the start of Rotten Row and making the crossing clearer to Hooper’s Field.

 

There will be no new street lighting in the High Street which had been a concern.

 

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

 

 

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’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

 

 

Redlands - Wanborough Road lighting plan
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Wanborough Road Street lighting:
 

Due to the developent of Redlands the Wanborough Road (as part of that consent) will be narrowed, traffic calmed and have a pavement installed.

 

It will make it a safer road that the one we have now, but the price of that safety is lighting.

 

I objected, as did most of the Parish Council but the road safety audit is independently assessed - please see the email below.

 

 

Dear Councillor Sumner,

 

Further to the meeting on 6th September, we note the concerns raised in relation to the street lighting proposed for Wanborough Road and the potential impact on the village.

As can be seen from the attached plan, the street lighting is proposed for the primary junction with Redlands, as well as either side.

 

In terms of towards Wanborough Village, the plan illustrates the street lighting would be located between the Redlands access and just after the traffic calming chicane, rather than continuing all of the way to the village.

 

The reason behind the street lighting extending to the proposed chicane is that there would be a safety concern were the key conflict areas, such as the junction / traffic calming, to not be illuminated.

 

The guidance from Institute of Lighting Professionals refers to the ‘five second rule’ which seeks to avoid road users transitioning from lit areas into dark areas and back to lit areas – as there is a risk that drivers eyes may not fully adjust to the differing lighting conditions and this may pose a risk to pedestrians or other users in the street.

 

An independent body undertaking a review of the Road Safety Audit (RSA) also advised this approach.

 

Since the meeting, Officers have reviewed potential measures to mitigate any potential impact from of the proposed street lighting. These include enabling the lights to be dimmed. Highways Officers have reviewed this and confirmed that the dimming controls outlined on the plan could be implemented in accord with safety guidance, and will be controlled by a Central Management System (CMS).

 

Further to this, Highways Officers have also investigated the use of baffles on the street lighting, which would further minimise any potential light spill. Whilst these are not used frequently due to the characteristics of LED lighting, and are only fitted in specific circumstances, Officers have requested that the developers install baffles on the proposed street lighting along Wanborough Road from the outset.

 

Whilst Officers note the concerns raised, highways safety reasons have made it clear that street lighting is required by this scheme.

 

However, to minimise any potential impact from street lighting, Officers have sought to locate street lamps only where they are essential for safety reasons, as well as secure other mitigation such as dimming and baffles.

 

On this basis, Officers will look to finalise the scheme with the developers based on the above / attached.

 
 
 

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:

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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