Hampshire County Council

Winchester Movement and Access Plan
Joint Members' Panel

23 October 2002

Transport Capital Programme Progress

Report of the County Surveyor and Director of
Development Services (Winchester City Council)

Item 6

Contact: Nick Richardson, ext 5429

1. Summary

1.1 This report sets out progress made in developing and implementing schemes within the Winchester Movement and Access Plan (WMAP). Members are asked to note progress.

2. Schemes Under Way

2.1 Significant progress is being made in implementing schemes in the WMAP investment programme. The following schemes have been completed recently, are under way or are programmed to start shortly:

3. Cycle Schemes

3.1 Cycle schemes continue to be developed in partnership with Hampshire Cycling. Links offering considerable benefits for cyclists are being investigated in connection with the European MIRACLES project (see below). These are intended to provide direct routes where none exist at present for regular utility cyclists for journeys to work, to education facilities and the city centre. Cycling proposals for WMAP are consistent with the county-wide plan for cycling. Routes being investigated are set out below.

3.2 At present cyclists from the Romsey Road direction travelling to the city centre have no legal means of avoiding the one-way system and have been observed frequently using the footway to access St Clement Street and the network's quieter streets in the city. It is proposed that a contra-flow cycle route be provided so that cyclists can legally access Trafalgar Street from the Westgate direction.

3.3 This part of the High Street provides vehicle access to The Square for deliveries but is a pedestrian zone between 11 am and 3 pm on weekdays and Saturday. It is proposed to change the Traffic Regulation Order for this section of the High Street to allow cyclists, thereby creating opportunities to cycle into The Square and beyond.

3.4 Cyclists using Kingsgate and turning into and out of St Cross Road (travelling from St Cross or Stanmore) experience difficulties at the junction. Modifications are being considered to provide greater protection for cyclists. It is suggested that the National Byway recreational cycling route which starts at Kingsgate and is routed via Stanmore Lane could be diverted via Barnes Close for greater convenience.

3.5 A scheme has been investigated to accommodate cyclists on the B3335 between Winchester and Twyford. It is proposed that the existing footway (outbound) be converted to a shared use footway/cycleway, with some alterations for minor widening and an on-carriageway cycle lane to be provided for inbound cyclists. Proposals for Twyford are being considered within the Central Hampshire Rural Transport Strategy and it is proposed that the Hockley-Twyford route should terminate at the cottages to the north of Church Lane to avoid the route ending at the bend of the main road.

3.6 An opportunity to provide an important link has been raised through discussion with Railtrack. This would upgrade and link existing footpaths between St James Lane (between West Hill Cemetery and the railway) and run parallel to the railway, connecting with an existing path to Airlie Road and Stanmore. This is being pursued by the County Council and initial negotiations will be required with three landowners, although Railtrack has indicated its willingness to alter the fence line to accommodate the cycle route. This route offers an attractive off-road facility, linking the residential areas of Stanmore and Badger Farm with the city centre.

4. Safer Routes to Schools

4.1 Measures have been implemented to assist children and parents walking to Western Primary School in Browning Drive. These have been designed particularly with the school's `walking bus' in mind and include dropped kerbs and signing. Complementary measures have been implemented within the school grounds to coincide with construction work on site.

4.2 A scheme has been designed for Westgate School in Cheriton Road in the form of three build-outs to restrict carriageway width and slow traffic outside the school. This will help regulate inappropriate parking and create safer crossing points for pedestrians.

4.3 Schools in the WMAP area have been prioritised, taking into account individual circumstances, and a score has been determined for each (see attached appendix). This reflects the approach taken elsewhere in the county. While the number of schools is limited, the effects of additional traffic at peak times can be considerable and school travel plans are being developed as appropriate in tandem with physical measures.

5. Clear Zones

5.1 Winchester continues to feature in the Government's Clear Zones initiative. Research has taken place into the social and economic impacts of Clear Zones and devising a monitoring framework (see agenda item 8). A Clean Bus Working Group of Clear Zones members has been established to collaborate with manufacturers and the Energy Saving Trust in developing viable technologies to improve bus fleets. In this respect and others, Clear Zones complements the CIVITAS/MIRACLES project.

6. MIRACLES

6.1 Winchester's involvement in the European CIVITAS project commenced in February 2002 to run for four years. Winchester is in partnership with Rome, Cork and Barcelona and stakeholders in the project include the County Council, Winchester City Council, Atkins, the Meteorological Office, the University of Southampton and Stagecoach. This element of CIVITAS is known as MIRACLES - Multi Initiatives for Rationalised Accessibility and Clean Liveable Environments. The main aim is to introduce demonstration projects to improve energy efficient transport and encourage a shift from motorised to non-motorised transport. The MIRACLES project is therefore closely linked with WMAP and Clear Zones.

6.2 A number of work packages are to be progressed and a full time Project Manager for MIRACLES in Winchester has been appointed. An initial funding allocation for MIRACLES of £230,000 was made within the 2002/03 Local Transport Plan settlement. The inception report has been completed and includes the following work packages:

7. Conclusion

7.1 Implementation of a number of larger schemes in the WMAP investment programme is under way and a range of other schemes is being developed. Smaller scale schemes to benefit cyclists and children travelling to and from school are being progressed, working in partnership with the relevant stakeholders. The profile of WMAP at national and European levels is being raised through participation in the Clear Zones and CIVITAS/MIRACLES projects.

Recommendation

That the Panel notes the progress on the schemes outlined in this report.

Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background papers

The following documents disclose facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and has been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report.

NB the list excludes:

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Published works.

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Documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.

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APPENDIX

WMAP Safe Routes to Schools (October 2002)

School

Location

Priority

Current Status

Primary Schools

All Saints CE Primary School

St Catherine's Road, Highcliffe

1

Chesil Street/Bar End Road crossing improvements will support safer walking. Further measures in the vicinity of the school to be pursued.

Harestock Primary School

Bramshaw Close, Harestock

5

No action to date; to be approached.

Oliver's Battery Primary School

Austen Avenue

6

School travel plan produced. Footpath improvements completed. Badger Farm Road/Oliver's Battery Road junction scheme will help walking to school. Further footway/footpath improvements to be investigated.

St Bede CE Primary School

Gordon Road (temporarily located at Bereweeke Road)

3

Walking bus operating to temporary site. Gordon Road issues and school travel plan to be pursued.

St Faith's CE Primary School

St Faith's Road, St Cross

2

Interest in school travel plan indicated; to be pursued.

St Peter's RC Primary School

Oliver's Battery Road North

4

Romsey Road/Stanmore Lane pedestrian crossing supports walking. Badger Farm Road/Oliver's Battery Road junction improvement will support walking. Large catchment area results in car and coach traffic with some problems at entrance and car park.

Stanmore Primary School

Stanmore Lane

10

Contact indicated no requirement for hard measures as extensive traffic calming measures in place.

Weeke Primary School

Stoney Lane

9

Early initiatives to be revisited.

Western Primary School

Browning Drive

8

Survey undertaken. Walking bus operating. Measures to support walking e.g. crossing points and dropped kerbs completed.

Winnall Primary School

Garbett Road

7

Early initiatives to be revisited.

Secondary Schools

Henry Beaufort Secondary School

East Woodhay Road, Harestock

1

School travel plan completed with building work on site, monitoring required. Bus shelters installed

Westgate School

Cheriton Road

3

Survey undertaken. Traffic calming build-outs to be implemented. Secure cycle parking to be pursued. Travel from rural area around Stockbridge could provide demand for a school bus service and/or car sharing.

Kings' School

Romsey Road

2

Survey undertaken. School travel plan produced. Included in Romsey Road corridor initiatives e.g. works in Sarum Road. Romsey Road/Stanmore Lane pedestrian crossing completed.

Independent Schools

Nethercliffe School

Hatherley Road, Fulflood

Dialogue with pupils on transport issues undertaken but reluctance by school to develop measures.

The Pilgrim School

Cathedral Close

Initial approach indicated desire to curb traffic in Kingsgate Street.

St Swithin's School

Alresford Road

No action to date. Extensive car-borne catchment.

Winchester College

College Street

Extensive car-borne catchment. Involved in Winchester Commuter Forum.

Criteria for prioritisation

A number of criteria have been considered in determining the prioritisation of schools in the WMAP area including:

· If schools have in place or are developing a school travel plan and associated survey work;

· If schools have been in contact with the County Council or City Council regarding safer routes to schools initiatives;

· If there is a history of road traffic accidents in the vicinity; and

· Where WMAP schemes have been or are being introduced that will benefit schools.