Romsey Road & Clifton Terrace walking and cycling improvements to be trialled in Winchester

To make it easier for people to cross Romsey Road at its junction with Clifton Terrace in Winchester, Hampshire County Council will be installing a new traffic light-controlled ‘Puffin’ crossing for a trial period in early 2024

Sep 14 2023

This is part of the Winchester Movement Strategy which was adopted by the County Council and Winchester City Council in spring 2019 to make it easier for local people to walk and cycle in the area.

Councillor Nick Adams-King, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Universal Services, said: “This stretch of Romsey Road is extremely busy, especially at peak times, and is also a popular place to cross the road due to the proximity of the city centre, hospital, university, schools, and Peter Symonds College.

“The Winchester Movement Strategy, developed jointly with Winchester City Council, identified that this location that would benefit from measures to make it easier for people to walk and cycle around the city. In order to install the trial crossing, it will be necessary to modify the junction and adjust some traffic movements. The changes will be trialled for up to 18 months in order to fully assess the benefits and impacts.”

Councillor Martin Tod, Leader of the City Council and Hampshire County Council Division Member for Winchester Westgate, the area where the trial crossing will be installed, commented: “Local people have wanted a crossing at this point on Romsey Road for as long as I can remember. It's such a difficult place to cross and so many people want to cross there, so I'm really pleased that there's agreement to this trial.  It's a complicated place to put in a crossing and so it will be particularly important to watch what happens once the trial is underway, check the impact on local roads, listen to local people, and then adjust if necessary.”

The traffic measures being delivered through the trial are:

  • The installation of a pedestrian crossing;
  • A new ‘contraflow’ cycle lane (going against the vehicular flow of traffic) along Clifton Terrace;
  • Clifton Terrace will be made “No Entry” from Romsey Road, and traffic (except for bicycles) will be only permitted to turn right when exiting from Clifton Terrace;
  • Traffic – except bicycles - will be unable to enter Clifton Hill from the Clifton Terrace junction;
  • Traffic travelling from Clifton Hill will need to turn right into Clifton Terrace (except for bicycles);
  • A section of on-street parking will be relocated from the southern section of Clifton Terrace to the northern section of Clifton Terrace, near Allison Way.

A traffic regulation order will be in place for a maximum period of up to 18 months to facilitate these changes. The scheme will be monitored, and the data gathered during the trial period will be used to understand the benefits and wider impacts. The trial will also allow the County Council to respond to feedback from road users before any permanent decisions are made.

For more information visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/cliftonterracecrossing