Speed humps considered to stop Catherington road being used as rat run

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  • Hampshire County Council considers traffic calming in White Dirt Lane
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SPEED humps and priority areas could be installed on a narrow rural road in a bid to stop rat runners.

Hampshire County Council is considering spending £100,000 of developers’ contributions on changes to White Dirt Lane, which runs from the southern end of Clanfield to Catherington.

Concerns have been raised that the road is used as a rat run from the A3 and it leads to safety issues with pedestrians and cyclists.

Highway officials carried out a local survey last year and of the 195 responses, 85 supported closing the road.

Thirty people favoured a ‘do nothing option’, 56 supported traffic-calming measures and 24 people were undecided.

Leaders have been recommended to approve the traffic-calming scheme.

The council considered closing the road to through traffic, but this was opposed by the emergency services.

The scheme is set to include three priority build-outs in the northern section of White Dirt Lane and another to the north east of the junction with Glamorgan Road.

There will be three sets of speed cushions between Glamorgan Road and Catherington Lane, and a raised section at the junction with Glamorgan Road.

A more prominent ‘gateway’, including more kerbing, is to be installed at the junction with Southdown Road.

Catherington councillor Sara Schillemore, who sits on East Hampshire District Council, thinks action is needed, but would prefer a different approach.

She said: ‘It’s not a rat run.

‘It’s a road from A to B. Occasionally people go too fast, but you will always get that.

‘What does cause difficulties is the large vehicles travelling down there.’

She added: ‘I would much rather they start with a weight and width restriction and then see what happens.’

However, a council report states: ‘A 7.5-tonne weight limit was considered but would have a limited effect due to comparatively few large vehicles attempting to pass through White Dirt Lane as a through route.

‘Any imposed limit would require an access exemption for deliveries, refuse vehicles. This option would be of limited overall effect.’

If approved work could start in October.