County Council to consider further measures at Winchester’s Cart and Horses junction

Plans to introduce a trial speed reduction on the A33 near the junctions with the B0347 outside Winchester will be considered by Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, at his Decision Day meeting next week (23 March 2017).

Mar 15 2017

Proposals to trial a ban on right turns out of the B3047 London Road onto the A33, and ban U-turns at the B3047 Alresford Road junction will also be considered.

Councillor Rob Humby said: “We’ve listened to the concerns of residents who have sent in a petition and presented their case to the County Council with the support of their local county councillor, which is why I will also be considering measures which can be trialled at this junction as well as a speed limit reduction.”

Hampshire County Council installed a new safety scheme at the junction in May 2016, principally addressing the issue of vehicles waiting to turn right off the A33 onto the B3047 London Road.  It was agreed at that time to carry out a review of the speed limit, once the scheme had been implemented and in operation for a reasonable period.  Speed surveys undertaken since the scheme was altered in October 2016 show average speeds have reduced to a level where a permanent speed limit reduction can be considered.

Councillor Humby continued: “Looking at the evidence, it seems the scheme put in place by the County Council last year to reduce speeds at this junction has done the job but if there is more we can do then we will consider further proposals.  While I don’t think there’s an easy solution, we are prepared to look at what’s possible. However, I would need to be clear that, while a traffic restriction such as banning right turns can be put in place quite quickly, a permanent speed limit reduction needs to follow a somewhat lengthy legal process.” 

Read the full Environment and Transport Decision Day report online