RESIDENTS are threatening to blockade a Hampshire road if plans to build a park and ride at the end of their street go ahead.
They told of their shock after learning of the proposal to turn a yard at the end of Dutton Lane, in Eastleigh, into a 149-space car park.
From here people could park their vehicles and take shuttle buses to the town centre, Southampton Airport and the train station.
If the site ran to full capacity it could mean an extra 258 vehicle movements every day.
Residents fear traffic chaos and warn it is “an accident waiting to happen” in an area where families live.
But the landowner said the plans had been well thought out and he was keen to work with residents to make it a success.
Plans for The Yard, at Withy Meadows, in Dutton Lane, also include a bus shelter and kiosk.
Under the plans, submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council by landowner Kevin Bell, a 16-seater mini bus is proposed to run between the site and Bishopstoke Road every ten minutes at peak times, 8am to 9am and 5pm to 6pm, and then every 20 minutes from 7.30am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.
Beyond this there would likely be an on demand service for airport and rail users.
Customers would be airport passengers, people who commute to work from Eastleigh train station and town centre workers.
Resident Jayne Philpott, 29, a police administration clerk, is concerned about added noise and the lack of passing places on the dead end road, which is a single lane with cars parked on either side.
The mum-of-two said: “It’s just going to be horrendous. I’m annoyed because we live in a residential street for a reason.”
Mum-of-two Yvonne Mercer, 44, said she was “shocked and surprised”
that it was even being considered because the road was not designed for it.
“The extra volume of traffic increases the risk of a child getting hurt,” she added.
Mr Bell said that he understood residents’ concerns, but had consulted with specialists and worked closely with the council.
He said the two businesses currently on site would go – reducing the number of vehicles – and that buses would only run on a supply and demand basis, helping to reduce congestion in Eastleigh.
He said there would be a steady stream rather than a rush at peak times and he had no plans to run a service at night.
The consultation deadline is July 30.