I write in response to the petition submitted for the installation of pedestrian facilities at the A3013 Fleet Road/B3010 Kings Road traffic signal junction in Fleet.
I recognise that a pedestrian crossing facility at the junction would make it easier to cross here, but altering the junction to provide a crossing and also accommodate the needs of all other road users would require extensive works, including the widening of the junction to incorporate larger pedestrian islands. Such a scheme is likely to require additional land and significant levels of funding, while introducing a simple ‘all red’ pedestrian stage on the existing layout would result in unacceptable levels of delay and congestion in the area. Safety is our priority, and reduced funding means that we must focus our resources where they are most needed. Specialist staff regularly analyse injury accident data to identify collision hotspots where safety measures may need to be introduced.
In order to assess whether to promote an option here we have looked at the existing road safety record for the most recent five year period for which accident statistics are available. I can confirm that for the five years from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2017 there have been no collisions involving pedestrians within 300 metres of the centre of the junction.
As such we would not promote a crossing facility here on the basis of a road safety improvement. We are however currently undertaking a wider review of the transport strategy in the Fleet area and in the future may be in a position to consider wider transport priorities in the area. You may be interested in reading about the current proposals in the Fleet Town Access Plan 2011-2031
Thank you for the opportunity to respond.
Councillor Rob Humby
Executive Member for Environment and Transport