Bus shortcut used by 3,500 vehicles a day

Daily Echo: Bus shortcut used by 3,500 vehicles a day Bus shortcut used by 3,500 vehicles a day

A THREE week survey has revealed how up to 3,500 vehicles a day used a shortcut which is normally opened only for buses.

The link between Yew Tree Drive and Botley Road in Whiteley is usually blocked with mechanical bollards preventing motorists passing through.

But it was opened to all traffic earlier this summer for 17 days during a three week programme of National Grid works.

Fareham Borough Council discovered that thousands were using the cut-through every day when they undertook a traffic survey.

The authority has said in the past that the bollards would only be permanently brought down once Whiteley Way is finished - a proposed link to the A3051.

A date has yet to be set for completion of this project. But the public are now being asked for their views on what traffic measures they would like to see rolled out in the event that the link was opened.

Options include, traffic calming, pedestrian crossings, a ban on HGVs and 20mph speed limits.

Council leader Sean Woodward said “Ultimately the decision on whether the link should be opened prematurely and permanently is one for Fareham Borough Council as the local planning authority and Hampshire County Council as the highway authority.

“That decision would be informed by actual data and predictions around the likely effects of the opening of the new Whiteley Shopping Centre, which was recently permitted by Winchester City Council, next summer.”

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2:54pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Niel says...

So one vehicle every 25 seconds, doesn't seem like a lot, unless your a councillor living nearby with NIMBYitus?
So one vehicle every 25 seconds, doesn't seem like a lot, unless your a councillor living nearby with NIMBYitus? Niel

2:57pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Niel says...

Actually if thats all that been using it, then for the reduction in pollution elseware in the district, its got to be a good idea. Though when they say 'vehicle' I'll assume they include cyclists as they trigger most measuring systems except those that measure weight, though some cyclists will even trigger those!
Actually if thats all that been using it, then for the reduction in pollution elseware in the district, its got to be a good idea. Though when they say 'vehicle' I'll assume they include cyclists as they trigger most measuring systems except those that measure weight, though some cyclists will even trigger those! Niel

6:43pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Brusher Mills says...

Save fuel for many and cut down traffic on the m27 if it was open.
Save fuel for many and cut down traffic on the m27 if it was open. Brusher Mills

10:17am Fri 2 Nov 12

Whiteley Man says...

'Council leader Sean Woodward said “Ultimately the decision on whether the link should be opened prematurely and permanently is one for Fareham Borough Council as the local planning authority and Hampshire County Council as the highway authority."'

Since Woodward is the councillor responsible for making sure that this route, running a matter of yards away from his house has remained closed despite many, many objections, no doubt FBC will find some excuse to keep it shut a while longer. Yew Tree Drive was built as a main road to funnel traffic in and out of Whiteley. There are no houses, schools or businesses located directly off the road apart from the surgery complex. FBC likes to make the numbers look alarming by saying that the route was used by "thousands" during the summer but when you consider that main road Whiteley Way is used by 25000 and residential area Leafy Lane by 5000, 3500 on Yew Tree Drive seems pretty quiet considering.
'Council leader Sean Woodward said “Ultimately the decision on whether the link should be opened prematurely and permanently is one for Fareham Borough Council as the local planning authority and Hampshire County Council as the highway authority."' Since Woodward is the councillor responsible for making sure that this route, running a matter of yards away from his house has remained closed despite many, many objections, no doubt FBC will find some excuse to keep it shut a while longer. Yew Tree Drive was built as a main road to funnel traffic in and out of Whiteley. There are no houses, schools or businesses located directly off the road apart from the surgery complex. FBC likes to make the numbers look alarming by saying that the route was used by "thousands" during the summer but when you consider that main road Whiteley Way is used by 25000 and residential area Leafy Lane by 5000, 3500 on Yew Tree Drive seems pretty quiet considering. Whiteley Man

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