Calls for a crossing to be built on busy Gosport road

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:20 pm

RESIDENTS have spoken of their concern about vehicles speeding in a built-up area.

They say they would like to see some sort of crossing built to help elderly people and schoolchildren to get to the other side of Elson Road in Gosport.

There is a 30mph limit, but those living in the area have complained that motorists consistently exceed the limit and make it dangerous for pedestrians.

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As reported by The News, Hampshire County Council introduced a crossing in Cuckoo Lane, Stubbington and Robert Bennett would like to see something similar built in Elson Road.

Mr Bennett said: ‘Some people have had close shaves crossing the road.

‘We are worried about the elderly people in the road, as well as the schoolchildren from Elson Infants and Juniors and Brune Park Community School.

‘Someone is going to get hurt one day. I’m surprised they haven’t already.’

Elson Road was recently resurfaced by Hampshire Highways after heavy goods vehicles were causing vibration in homes.

Brian Parsons, 71, believes it has added to the problem.

He said: ‘There have been times when I’ve been backing out of my drive and it is all clear and then I look again and a car races past.

‘I was helping one of my neighbours across the road. I had to wave my newspaper at a driver to warn him to slow down.

‘If it wasn’t for me, the car would have hit her.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has said that she has been in touch with Hampshire County Council after being contacted by residents with concerns about an increase in speeding.

She said: ‘I have raised this issue with the police and have written to Hampshire Highways about the possibility of traffic-calming measures.’

However, Hampshire County Council says it has conducted speed surveys down the road and found that vehicle speeds are not as high as locally perceived.

A spokesperson said: ‘We have no evidence of recurring accidents or injuries as a result of the speed of traffic.

‘Therefore Elson Road is not included in the County Council’s current safety programme.’