Main Winchester road to benefit from new pedestrian crossing and road resurfacing

A new crossing point will be installed on a busy Winchester road this summer

Jul 11 2019

Hampshire County Council has appointed Colas Ltd to install a zebra crossing at Wales Street in Winchester and resurface the road. 

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader for Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment said: “This new zebra crossing will create a safer crossing point for pedestrians, especially school children, their parents and university students – we hope that by making crossing the road easier at this point, local residents will be encouraged  to walk more to and from local services, schools and the city centre, leaving  the car behind for short trips. During these works we are also taking the opportunity to resurface this busy section of road making it more resilient to the impact of heavy traffic and adverse weather, while extending the life of the road.”

The work will take place outside the ‘First In Last Out’ public house, and is being undertaken during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption. Work will stop to enable traffic to flow freely to and from the Boomtown music festival. 

Construction is planned to start on Monday, 29 July 2019 and is expected to be completed by Tuesday, 20 August 2019, weather permitting.   
Cllr Humby, added: “To enable us to complete the works as quickly as possible, and ensure the safety of road users and the workforce, Wales Street will be closed temporarily at times, when a fully signed local diversion will be in place. At other times Wales Street will be kept open but with restrictions such as temporary traffic lights.  
“Whilst every effort will be made to keep the impact of the works to a minimum, the nature of the scheme means that some disruption is to be expected. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate residents’ and road users’ patience while the works are completed.” 

From Monday 29 July 2019 – The start of the works will see pavement improvements and beacons for the zebra crossing installed. To safely accommodate this, the road will remain open, but a lane closure will be in place from Monday – Friday controlled by temporary traffic lights during off peak hours, 9.30am-4pm;
From 5 August to 16 August - No works will take place so traffic can flow freely to and from the Boomtown Festival event being held on 7 August to 12 August;
From 17- 19 August - A full closure of the road will be in place from 7am on Saturday 17 August until 6am on Monday 19 August so the road can be resurfaced.  The block paving will be taken up during the day on the Saturday and Sunday and then the road will be resurfaced during Sunday night. A local fully signed diversion will be in place; 
From Monday 19 August to Tuesday 20 August – The road will be closed for another night from 8pm to 6am to allow for road markings to be repainted on the newly surfaced road. A local fully signed diversion will be in place. 

For the duration of the works, from 29 July until 20 August, a parking suspension will be in place at the layby adjacent to the ‘First In Last Out’ pub, as well as the entire parking bay on Ebden Road between the Wales Street and Moss Road junctions.

A plan showing the area of work and the extent of the road closure is included on the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/walesstreetzebracrossing