Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, approved the £482,000 scheme at his recent Decision Day.
Cllr Humby said: “This scheme will provide a widened left-turn lane from Bramley Lane onto Sherfield Road and a new pedestrian crossing point with central refuge island on Sherfield Road. It will make it easier and safer for those walking in the village centre, whilst also bringing some improvement to the congestion issues for eastbound vehicles exiting Bramley Lane.”
Bramley Parish Council has contributed £185,000 towards the scheme, thanks to a grant from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The remainder of the scheme cost will be funded by Section 106 developer contributions held by the County Council.
Sherfield Road is the main east-west route through the village of Bramley and with much new housing development in the area, the traffic volume on this road has increased. The significant pressure point along the route is the railway crossing adjacent to Bramley Station, where drivers and pedestrians using Sherfield Road experience delays waiting for the level crossing which results in long queues forming on Sherfield Road.
The improvement scheme will include the realignment of the existing kerb and footway on the north-east side of the junction, a new pedestrian crossing with central refuge on Sherfield Road, carriageway resurfacing and revised road markings and signage. A new pedestrian footpath will also be constructed between Sherfield Road and Bramley Lane through the grassed area to the north-east of the junction along the existing pedestrian desire line.
Work is due to start in the Autumn and last for around eight weeks.
For more information please visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/bramleylaneimprovement