Council refuses traffic survey for Gosport crossing

CONCERN Viv Morge says the lack of a pedestrian crossing could lead to an accident. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (103809-763)
CONCERN Viv Morge says the lack of a pedestrian crossing could lead to an accident. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (103809-763)


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HAMPSHIRE County Council is refusing to carry out a traffic survey for a pedestrian crossing over a new bus route, despite fears from people using the road.

The £25m bus rapid transit route, designed to improve traffic flow between Fareham and Gosport, opened in April.

The uncontrolled crossing at the northern end of Wych Lane in Gosport replaced an underpass.

But there are worries that the lack of a pedestrian crossing will lead to an accident.

Viv Morge, who lives on Wych Lane next to the new bus route, said: ‘They’ve taken no interest in the pedestrians at all.

‘There are quite a few old people living on the other side who want to come over for the allotments or the hairdressers, or wherever they’re going, and it’s horrible for them now that there’s no proper crossing there for them.

‘These new buses are so quiet. I’ve contacted county councillors, the police, my MP – how hard is it to get some black and white lines painted on the road? It’s all very dangerous and until something drastic happens, it’s all come to a dead end.’

But according to guidelines used by Hampshire County Council, if there are 500 vehicles an hour, then there would need to be 200 pedestrians crossing an hour for them to install a formal crossing.

And the council estimates there are only about 24 buses an hour using the route in both directions during its hours of operation – 6am to 11pm.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage contacted county roads boss Mel Kendal about the matter. In his reply, he said this figure represented ‘extremely light traffic flow’.

He added: ‘It is acknowledged that there is a local demand to cross the busway in the vicinity of Wych lane, however the demand is considered light in relative terms.

‘It is clear that the level of demand at Wych Lane is much lower than the demand which would be required and for this reason a survey of use was not considered necessary or a good use of county council resources.’

If there are only 20 pedestrians an hour crossing the road then the council would want to see more than 1,500 vehicles an hour on the route to justify a controlled crossing.

Ms Dinenage was unavailable for comment.