Opposition grows over plans to slow down traffic on Portsmouth road

CHANGES Farlington Avenue
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CONTROVERSIAL plans to slow down traffic on a Portsmouth road have once again met with objections from residents.

Portsmouth City Council is holding a consultation into measures they hope will reduce the speed of cars driving south along Farlington Avenue, in Farlington.

The road has a 20mph limit but the average vehicle speed is 34mph, which poses ‘a significant road safety risk to residents’ according to a council report.

Suggested measures include installing a chicane, narrowing the road and changing which cars have priority at the junction with Moortown Avenue.

The council is hoping to put up a chevron sign and safety barrier where Farlington Avenue meets Blake Road after grandmother Barbara Samuels had her garden wall destroyed twice by cars.

The proposed changes, which will cost around £150,000, were put forward after a scheme to close part of the southbound road was abandoned because of opposition from local people.

But some residents still do not believe the changes will fix the problem.

Sam Samuels, 49, said although he was pleased his mother’s wall would be protected he did not think the traffic calming measures would be enough to reduce speeds on the road.

‘Unless you prosecute people regularly for speeding they are not going to stop,’ he said.

‘Otherwise, they just see the calming measures as a challenge. What is needed is a speed camera on that road. It might not be popular but it would make people think twice.’

Janice Burkinshaw, of Moorings Way, Milton, questioned whether the measures are a good idea at all.

She said: ‘As we all know, blockages do occur on the motorway through accidents and emergencies.

‘London Road as it rises at Portsdown Hill can suffer badly from ice and snow. Surely Farlington Avenue should remain an alternative route.

‘Wouldn’t it be cheaper and far more practical to install signs which fire up when approaching traffic is too fast or to change this road back to 30mph?’

The city council’s deputy head of transport Pam Turton said: ‘We are working with the community to get proposals that are good for everybody.’

The consultation will continue until February 9 and views can be sent to Adam Bunce, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2NE.