Hampshire County Council

Eastleigh Highway and Transport Advisory Panel

11 March 2005

Other Highway Related Programmes

Report of the Director of Environment

Item 10

Contact: Colin Taylor, tel 01730 266411 email: colin.taylor@hants.gov.uk

1. Summary

1.1 This report details the programmes for:

2. Hampshire Villages Initiatives and Regeneration of Older Urban Areas

2.1 Hampshire County Council is in consultation with Bishopstoke Parish Council for the provision of riverside access improvements. It is anticipated that these improvements will be completed during 2005/06.

2.2 Works have been completed in association with Bursledon Parish Council to refurbish the riverside viewing area and public dinghy launching hard at the foot of Lands End Road, Bursledon.

3. Intelligent Transport Systems Group (ITS)

3.1 The ITS Group of the Environment Department manages the feasibility, design, implementation, operation and maintenance of traffic control and traffic and travel information systems throughout Hampshire. In 2004/05 ITS deployment reached significant levels, increasing the amount of on-street ITS equipment operated and maintained by the Group. The Traffic

3.2 Progress on ITS schemes during 2004/05 within Eastleigh are covered elsewhere on this agenda.

4. Bridgeworks Programme 2004/05 and 2005/06

4.1 The Bridges Section of the Environment Department is responsible for all existing county highway structures, together with new structures built as part of roadworks, housing and industrial schemes. This covers inspection, maintenance, replacement, load assessment and strengthening.

4.2 Raynesway Construction Southern Limited (RCS) carries out most maintenance, through a term contract. Some specialist works, such as graffiti removal, and larger schemes, such as bridge replacements, are awarded by tender.

4.3 Most work on bridges is capital funded via the LTP, but inspections, routine maintenance and environmental maintenance of subways are revenue funded.

4.4 This programme was brought about by EU legislation that allowed 40 tonne lorries on British roads from 1 January 1999. The assessments are now complete and strengthening of sub-standard bridges is ongoing.

4.5 Following the Selby crash in February 2001, parapets and safety fences at road/rail interfaces, most of which are bridges, have been prioritised. A rolling programme for protective measures has been started and this will continue over several years, as funding is made available.

4.6 The Highways Agency has identified that aluminium vehicle parapets made by BACO, installed before 1994, are not to current standards. All such parapets on county bridges have been prioritised and a contract for their replacement has been awarded to RCS. Work on-site started in September 2004 and is due for completion in March 2005. Details for individual bridges are given below.

4.7 A contract for structural painting in 2005/06 is being prepared and details on bridges affected will follow as they are finalised.

4.8 This scheme was reported at the October 2004 meeting as completed.

4.9 This precast concrete footbridge over the Romsey/Eastleigh railway line was built in 1935, with stepped access only, and is nearing the end of its useful life. A total of £25,000 was spent on extensive repairs in 1998, but further repairs are becoming uneconomic. There is also local pressure to provide access ramps to enable use by wheelchairs, pushchairs and those with mobility impairment.

4.10 The initial estimate for a new footbridge with ramps is £1,000,000, not including any Network Rail land charges. Discussions and surveys regarding replacement are ongoing and a bid for funding will be considered for the LTP submission in July 2005.

4.11 This bridge carries the C117, Bishopstoke Lane, over Bow Lake between Bishopstoke and Brambridge. The existing reinforced concrete arch is in very poor condition, with severe corrosion, and will be replaced with a new brick arch. The scheme is out to tender at present, with work due to start on 14 March and finish in June 2005. Bishopstoke Lane will be closed to vehicles during the work, but there will be access for pedestrians and cyclists.

4.12 This structure is outside the Borough boundary, but is reported to this Panel as the traffic management proposals will affect roads within the Borough.

4.13 This bridge carries the C194, Allington Lane, over a tributary of the River Itchen, just north of the junction with Firtree Lane, and is sub-standard for load carrying. A strengthening scheme is being prepared, with construction due to start in July 2005. The work will probably require single lane traffic controlled by temporary signals, but further details will follow as they are finalised.

4.14 This footbridge carries the footpath alongside the B3037, Bishopstoke Road, at the junction with Riverside in Bishopstoke. Some elements of the bridge are in poor condition and options for repair or replacement in 2005/06 are being investigated. Further details will follow as they are finalised.

4.15 This bridge carries the C351 Wide Lane over the Southampton/Waterloo railway line, just south of Southampton Parkway Station, and has a high priority for protective measures. Erection of safety fencing to the south side of the bridge commenced on 28 February 2004. Most work can be undertaken off the highway, but occasional `off-peak' lane closures will be required.

4.16 During November and December 2004 RCS replaced the parapets on:

4.17 RCS will be replacing the parapets on Whitethorns underpass, carrying the A334, Charles Watts Way, over the exit from the retail park, in April 2005. The works will require lane closures on the A334, Charles Watts Way.

4.18 Discussions with Network Rail concerning replacement of the parapets on Bubb Lane railway bridge are ongoing and further details will follow.

5. Development Related Works

5.1 Works within Eastleigh currently being carried out under Section 38 Agreements are detailed in Appendix 1.

5.2 External funding and schemes relevant to that funding, and controlled by the County Council's Development Control section, are detailed in Appendix 2.

6. Street Lighting

6.1 The maintenance contract continues to provide over 99% of all street lights on at any one time, with performance levels improving since the change to `working days'. The maintenance contract was originally measured in calendar days and this has been changed to Monday to Friday, or `working days'. Further improvements are anticipated when the `Working Closer Together' Project commences in early March 2005. This Project will see the present street lighting team being split into two new sections: Corporate and Contract Delivery. The Contract Delivery team will be embedded with the Contractor, Southern Electric Contracting, at its offices in Cosham and Basingstoke.

6.2 The column replacement programme for the current year will be completed by the end of February 2005:

6.3 A £1.7 million programme for 2005/06 is scheduled to commence in April 2005 and the programme for the Eastleigh area is as follows:

6.4 The CSI programme for 2004/05 is nearing completion but has been affected by a number of late withdrawals. The programme status for the Eastleigh area is as follows:

6.5 The draft programme for 2005/06 is as follows, subject to Executive Member for Environment approval:

6.6 Following the start of the new supply contract in April 2004, consumption has tended to rise at a higher rate than expected. The reason for the unexpected rise in the early part of the year has been investigated but no clear explanation has arisen. However, this trend has now reduced and energy is expected to be contained within the readjusted budget.

6.7 The new street lighting computer management system Deadsure took over the responsibility of monitoring the street lighting maintenance contract on 10 February 2004. The new system was required as the previous system, SLIMs, was mainframe-based and the mainframe is due to be switched off at the end of March 2005.

6.8 There are still a number of problems to solve but the inclusion of the street lighting GIS database and the expectation of the web browser and mobile field-based operational returns make this an exciting prospect for the future.

6.9 Underspending within the maintenance budget has enabled the County Council to bring forward the replacement of columns on Winchester Road in Chandlers Ford.

Recommendation

That this report be noted.

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:

 

1.

Published works.

 

2.

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

TITLE

LOCATION

None.

 

9210/CT