Four Marks Road Improvements Proposal

Last update: November 2021

Scheme overview

Lymington Bottom Improvements - Night Works

A temporary road closure is required on the A31/Winchester Road at the junction with Lymington Bottom. The works will involve resurfacing the highway and the application of white lines at the junction at Lymington Bottom.  

The road will be closed for three nights from 10 November 2021 and the working hours are between 7pm to 7am.  These works are being undertaken at night to minimise disruption to daytime traffic, as well as ensuring the safety of road users and the workforce.  Please see the diversion plan.

Pedestrian crossing of the A31 at Lymington Bottom Junction

Hampshire County Council has appointed Colas Ltd to carry out the proposed improvements works in Lymington Bottom. Work will start on Monday 27 September for approximately 10 weeks.

The works involve the construction of a traffic light controlled Puffin pedestrian crossing, an extension of the existing central island and provision of footways on either side. The work will include site clearance, followed by excavation and associated construction works. There will also be some carriageway resurfacing and road marking work towards the completion of the works.

The bus stop in the westbound direction will also be suspended for the duration of the works.

The working hours on the carriageway will be between 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday with four-way traffic lights in place to manage traffic and maintain the safety of highways operatives. Please allow more time for your journeys, as appropriate.

Scheme Background

A feasibility study into transport issues resulting from recent and planned development in Four Marks and Medstead was recently commissioned. The aim of the study was to identify a preferred option for Improvements to the Lymington Bottom Road junction to achieve the following objectives:

  • Maintain the strategic function of the A31 (Winchester Road) primary route linking Four Marks to Winchester, Alton, Farnham, Aldershot and Guildford by limiting delays and the number of new junctions; and
  • Provide appropriate infrastructure to accommodate forecast levels of development traffic and enable safe access to the A31 without compromising the strategic function of the A31; and
  • Improving provision for pedestrians and cyclists at the A31/Lymington Bottom Road junction.

The study was later expanded to include an assessment of the feasibility of an additional bridge at Boyneswood Road to accommodate pedestrians only. 

Following this commission the Four Marks and Medstead Parish Councils identified a number of schemes that they wished to be progressed and subject to a public engagement exercise. Schemes presented through this public engagement exercise are:

1. A standalone pedestrian footbridge over the railway at         Boyneswood Road:
Both Parish Councils indicated that this is the top priority locally. The strong preference for footbridge is partly because it would allow the reinstatement of two way traffic on the existing bridge.

2. Pedestrian crossing of the A31 at Lymington Bottom Junction:
Issues for pedestrians and cyclists have been identified at the A31 Lymington Bottom Road junction which is an important node in the centre of Four Marks and a key route for pedestrians and cyclists, including children en-route to Four Marks Primary School. A safe and convenient crossing for pedestrians and cyclists is required on the A31 western approach to the junction.

3. Wider egress from Boyneswood Road onto A31:
Capacity problems are caused by the forecast volume of traffic travelling east-west along the A31, this means that it will be difficult for opposed right turn movements to be undertaken at the junction. A scheme is required to widen the egress of Boyneswood Road such that left turn movements are not delayed by vehicles waiting to turn right. Works must be within the highway boundary and this will result in a very short flare.


Public feedback report

The report summaries key findings from public feedback survey.  The survey was open from Wednesday 20 February 2019 and closed at midnight on Sunday 24 March 2019.  This was an opportunity for local residents and businesses to provide their views on the proposed improvement scheme.  


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Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle

SO23 8UD