I write in response to the petition submitted for the installation of a pedestrian controlled crossing on Warsash Road near to Warsash village centre.
As you may imagine, the County Council receives a large number of requests for new crossings, and has in places a standard method of assessing these to ensure all requests are considered in a consistent manner, and that crossings are installed where they will provide the most benefit and will operate safely.
The first stage of this assessment quantifies the need for a pedestrian crossing using surveyed pedestrian and vehicle flows, known as 'PV2' , to evaluate the potential for conflict between vehicles and pedestrians. Where the PV2 value is below a minimum threshold, a request for a crossing facility would not be a priority for funding and would not be considered further. The PV2 assessment system provides a consistent and objective tool for identifying the relative priority for crossings, but importantly also gives an indication of whether a crossing would be expected to operate satisfactorily.
A survey was carried out in June 2016 on Warsash Road between the Brook Lane roundabout and Osborne Road junction indicating the PV2 value did not reach the threshold requiring anything beyond the uncontrolled crossing points already in place. For your information the PV2 threshold for a controlled crossing is 1.0 x 108, and the surveyed value here was 0.08 x 108.
We also look at the safety record for the area in question. The latest safety record for this part of Warsash Road indicates that there have been no pedestrian accidents over the past five years.
In light of the above information this location would not meet the criteria to justify a pedestrian controlled crossing at this time. I am sorry that you and fellow petitioners are likely to be disappointed by our response, but with the ongoing reduction and restrictions in our budgets I hope you will understand that the County Council has to prioritise new crossing points to those places where there is the greatest proven need.
Councillor Rob Humby
Executive Member for Environment and Transport