Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “Following recent accidents at this crossroads, I’d like to reassure residents that our team has met with the local county councillor, town council, district council, Shalden Parish Council and local residents to discuss planned safety improvements at the junction.
“Safety is a key priority for the County Council and I’m pleased that we’re able to expedite safety work on the junction. We plan to have teams start on site in the Spring on an initial package of works which will include an additional Stop sign, vegetation clearance to provide better visibility for drivers, improved road markings on the Shalden approach, narrowing of the junction and improvements to the areas where buses stop, providing a safer place for passengers to wait.
“We also plan to install anti-skid surfacing to give better traction for drivers coming out of the side roads – this work is weather dependant, so will most likely done later on in the Spring or early Summer. Additionally, we will investigate the possibility of adjusting the highway boundary to further improve visibility for drivers approaching the junction, and carry out speed surveys on the approaches to the junction to see if a lower speed limit is viable and likely to be supported by the police.”