Whitehill and Bordon relief road
Relief road to facilitate the regeneration of the town
Last update: January 2019
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The Relief road was opened to the public on 7 January 2019. Please view the construction and opening of the Relief road video footage.
Since opening we have received a number of questions regarding the design of the route and we have attempted to provide an explanation to the main issues below.
Relief Road Design
As part of the design and construction of the Relief road we have followed Department for Transport procedures and undertaken safety audits to ensure that the road meets highway design standards for visibility based on traffic speeds. A further audit is planed for when the road has been open for sufficient time to assess the natural operation of traffic and pedestrians.
Footway / Cycleways
The provision of cycling facilities along the whole stretch of the Relief Road is part of a wider plan that takes into account the proposed Green Loop and Green Grid and future developments on the former MoD sites. The current routes are in accordance with the initial regeneration masterplan.
Junction 2 to 3 – Footpath / Cyclepath
A footway on the east verge between junctions 2 and 3 was not considered necessary. There is a proposal to re-develop building 84, which has recently been demolished, to the north of Hogmoor Inclosure. Further information regarding this proposal can be seen on this link and it can be seen that a footpath/cyclepath is proposed which will form part of the Green Loop and connect junctions 2 and 3. Pedestrian crossing facilities have been incorporated at the junction 2 and 3 traffic signals.
West Verge Footway / Cycleway north of Sutton Field to Junction 2
A footway / cycleway in the west verge north of Sutton Field was not considered necessary due to the nearby green loop which has been built through Hogmoor Inclosure. A pedestrian crossing point allows access to the Green Loop and coincides with the footpath just north of Sutton Field on the east side of the road. The relief road shared footpath/cyclepath provides a connection between Sutton Field and the new housing alongside at Junction 2.
As the road is going through a more rural area it was not considered necessary to provide a footway on both sides of the carriageway. This is due to the main demands expected to be on the east side of the relief road, with crossing points provided to access Hogmoor Inclosure.
This is intended that to minimise the land take / environmental impact on the surrounding area and reduce the risk of pedestrians / cyclists being next to drainage features like the detention basin opposite junction 2.
The new Relief Road is the new A325. The speed limit of 40 mph south of junction 4 was agreed to balance both journey times in relation to the previous A325 but also restrict noise to take into account the significant amount of houses proposed adjacent to the Relief Road. Increasing traffic speed will increase noise on this road.
The road has been designed to be self-enforcing where possible. In determining traffic speeds, consultation is carried out with HCC Traffic Management Team and Hampshire Police. Their view is dependent on the road layout, use and factors such as pedestrian crossings and noise as described above. A public notice consultation period is required before speed limits can be enforced which HCC undertook prior to opening of the road.
Average traffic speeds are anticipated to decrease when there are more vehicles on the road. Traffic loops have been installed in the Relief Road and we shall continue to observe traffic speeds as the road settles and vehicle numbers increase.
Areas such as junctions and Roundabouts are lit within what is known as a conflict area (meaning, junctions / intersections and roundabouts and their approaches which have areas of traffic and other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists where vision needs to be clear for safety purposes.
In addition, Street lighting can increase traffic speeds as the forward visibility for drivers is greater than unlit sections. It is HCC policy to limit street lighting only where considered necessary in accordance with our dark sky policy to reduce impacts on the environment and construction and maintenance / running costs.
Traffic Signals / Roundabouts
Roundabouts promote a continuous flow of traffic. Unlike traffic signals, drivers do not have to wait for a green light at a roundabout to get through the junction. Traffic is not required to stop – only give-way – so the can handle more traffic in the same amount of time. In general, roundabouts are the less expensive option regarding construction and future maintenance.
Traffic signal junctions, at junctions 2 and 3 are provided due to restricted land available and are more flexible in dealing with congestion where there are high numbers of traffic in conflicting directions. These junctions also deal with pedestrian and cycle movements from the Green Loop and Hogmoor Road.
Crossing at the Southern End of the Relief Road
It is not possible to provide a ramp at the Sutton Field crossing at the steps. This is due to the vertical drop of the embankment which was required to meet the new road levels. There is a crossing point further north, at the end of Sutton Field that ties into the Green Loop which is at road surface level.
We altered the initial design of the two-roundabout junction to a gyratory long-about. The southbound lane (approaching the new long-about) is similar to those at the northern end of the relief road where traffic waits to give way to vehicles on the long-about and it is considered that this will provide sufficient gaps to let pedestrians cross safely. In the northbound direction leaving the long-about on to the A325, we are to widening the centre island across the hatched area so that pedestrians only have one lane to cross. This work is planned to be completed early in the new year and it is considered will improve crossing for pedestrians.
We are also looking at the crossing of Petersfield Road. Although we consider the existing crossing to be safe, it is as important for pedestrians feel safe when crossing the road to encourage walking. We are monitoring this crossing point which may lead to an alternative crossing arrangement in the spring.
Junction 1 Traffic Movements
As the Relief Road is open we can now review assess how it operates in practice based on observation and take note of public comments. Again, it may be necessary for us to undertake further work in order to address these issues as development work in the Bordon area changes the way the road network functions.
- Scheme overview
The road is a total length of about 2.6 miles (4.1km) and except for a short section of dual carriageway at the northern end and comprises of a two way single carriageway with separate provision for pedestrians and cyclists.
The route of the road:
- start to the north of Bordon, on the A325 Farnham Road
- pass through the MOD area to the west of the town and reconnect with the A325 to the south at the A325 Petersfield Road, Liphook Road and Firgrove Road junction in Whitehill
The completed Relief Road is now the A325, replacing the current A325 through the town which will be de-classified (see further information below).
The County Council gave its full approval to construct the relief road in January 2015.
Northern section of the Relief Road (Phase one)
The northern section of the Relief Road (phase one – Louisburg Avenue) was completed in November 2016 and currently provides access to the new housing developments until the Relief road is completed in its entirety.
Southern section of the Relief Road (Phase two)
Hampshire County Council has constructed phase two (Templars Way / Louisburg Avenue) of the Relief Road which is a two mile section south of phase one. This £20 million major scheme will join up with phase one (Louisburg Avenue), to create a new Relief Road to the west of the area, with a dedicated path for pedestrians and cyclists.
The southern tie-in to the existing A325 / Firgrove Road / Liphook Road junction is constructed as one elongated roundabout, known as a long-about, in the medium to long term. The long-about may be changed to the original two-roundabout design should future capacity requirements dictate.
In addition, two traffic light controlled junctions; one to access the new garrison housing development and the second at the intersection with Oakhanger Road has been provided.
Phase two was completed in two sections;
- Section A (Junction one to two)
- Section B - junction two, to connect with Phase 1 of the relief road.
The Relief Road is now complete and the following will apply:
- Relief Road is to be A325
- The existing A325 from Junction 6 to Station Road is to be a ‘B’ classification – B3002
- The existing A325 from Station Road to Junction 1 is to be a ‘C’ classification – C114
- Station Road (currently B3002) to be reclassified as a ‘C’ road – C176
- Budds Lane (currently B3002) to be reclassified as a ‘C’ road – C176
- 30mph - the existing complete section of relief road (Phase 1) from Junction 6 (A325 Forge Road roundabout) to just west of Junction 4 (Sydney Martin Way roundabout)
- 40mph - from the end of the 30mph speed limit southwards, along the rest of the relief road to Junction 1 (A325/Firgrove Road / Liphook Road roundabout).
Names of roads
- Louisburg Avenue - Junction 6 (A325 Forge Road roundabout) to Junction 3 (Oakhanger Road)
- Templars Way - Junction 3 (Oakhanger Road) to Junction 1 (A325/Firgrove Road / Liphook Road roundabout)
Relief Road Clearway Order
The Relief Road is opened in full, it is now subject to a Clearway Order which will prohibit vehicles from waiting on the main carriageway at any time.
Background and context
The Relief Road supports the planned regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon in order to:
- provide a free flowing alternative to the A325 and relieve traffic congestion on the A325
- provide access to the new development
- reduce development traffic flow on the A325 and on surrounding local roads
- reduce community severance, currently created by heavy traffic flow on the A325
The Whitehill & Bordon Relief Road is part of a wider transport delivery strategy developed to support the Whitehill Bordon project.
Further information can be found at Whitehill and Bordon traffic and transport web page.
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