Petition - Request to make Byron Road a One-Way Street

Response from Hampshire County Council, August 2016

Thank you for your letter and enclosed petition received on 14 June 2016.

I understand the points you raise regarding the level of parking that take place on Byron Road as well as two-way traffic. It is often the case on roads where residents have limited off street parking provision that on-street parking will dominate the on-street environment. I am please to hear that the local Blamer Lawn Garage are respectful of the neighbourhood and the resident parking needs.

You have indicated that some parking takes place on the double yellow lines at the unction with Sea Road. As this parking restriction applies a prohibition on waiting at all times this activity can be reported to New Forest District Council's parking team who are responsible for parking enforcement.

Refuse collection is generally a fairly quick operation. Given the number of roads that New Forest District Council must service the operation is carried out as efficiently as possible. However the refused vehicles will inevitable case a shortly delay on many local roads due to the nature of the operation. Vehicles, other than emergency services and service vehicles, should not park so as to cause an obstruction to the passage of vehicles, and where this situation occurs the Police have the necessary authority to take action.

In respect of your request for a one-way system in a southbound direction, this is unlikely to have any impact on the parking situation or reduce the likelihood of obstruction. Whilst this type of restriction can be helpful in increasing traffic flow in a congested area, or removing opposing traffic on narrow road, there are some potential impacts that may not be popular in a residential environment. One way systems can often result in traffic speed increase as drivers are more confident that they will not meet opposing traffic, and also on-street parking may increase as there is no need to consider oncoming traffic that needs to pull in and give way. Additionally residents will have reduced access choices and may need to travel further to access their homes.

The County Council aims to ensure travel on Hampshire's roads is safe by prioritising highway improvements to locations where injury accidents are occurring that may be resolved by engineering measurers or traffic regulation. This position is supported by current County Council policy on delivery of the traffic and safety highways service. Other locations, where the injury accidents are either not occurring, or do not have a common cause that remedial measures would resolve, are not generally considered for funding. This ensures that the limited resources available for highway improvement are directed to locations with the greatest scope to reduce casualties now. Road safety education and training is also provided by the Council to reduce the likelihood of people being involved in road traffic accidents by improving awareness of road safety issues from an early age. These complement both National and local road safety campaigns which are run in conjunction with a number of partnership organisations such as the Police. These programmes aim to improve road safety across the county and will over time support the County Council's aim of reducing the number of people killed and injured on its roads.

With road services diminishing there is a reduced capacity to investigate and implement non-safety related highway improvements that has required the County Council to carry out careful prioritisation. Current policy on the delivery of the traffic management service supports a scaling back on the delivery of traffic management measures that do not clearly demonstrate a road casualty reduction benefit. In particular the County Council are scaling back work on the investigation and delivery of speed limits and heavy goods vehicle controls unless required to support casualty reductions.

I have examined the road casualty history for the Byron Road and Knighton Park are and confirm that the road casualty history is good, therefore there is no road casualty led justification to review the traffic management regime on these routes. Based on current prioritisation principles this location is a low priority for attention and regrettably there is no capacity to review low priority sites at this time. Your enquiry and request will be logged but I'm afraid no further attention is planned.

I am sorry that this is not the response that you had wished to received, but I hope it is helpful in the current position. The information on the Traffic Management page in the Roads and Transport section of the County Councils website may be helpful to your enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Councillor R Humby
Executive Member for Environment & Transport