CIVIC chiefs have given the go ahead for a number of safety improvements at a notorious junction, but campaigners have vowed to keep on fighting for more.

A report on new measures for the A33/B3047 Cart and Horses junction near Winchester were rubber-stamped by Hampshire County Council’s transport chief after a decision was previously delayed in March.

It comes after 21-year-old Cheriton man Jonathon Whitfield died in November after running out into the road between traffic at the notorious accident blackspot, which has seen 16 collisions involving resulting in injury in the previous five years.

A petition to make the junction safer was handed to road chiefs at Hampshire County Council (HCC) by campaigners in the hours before his death.

The plans will see new street lighting and CCTV at the junction, costing £65,000 and £6,000 respectively, as well as a reduction in the speed limit from 50mph to 40mph, which was agreed earlier this year.

The report, which was approved by HCC’s executive member for environment and transport Rob Humby, also included plans to re-evaluate the possibility of banning right turns at the junction at a future date.

Campaigner and Winchester city councillor Malcolm Prince said: “I’m disappointed that consideration has not been given to rerouting so there’s no immediate right turn onto London Road (B3047).”

However Jackie Porter, a county councillor, felt residents would feel the plans didn’t go far enough.

“I can see there has been progress, but the public will be disappointed there is not a roundabout. I would not have been supportive of banning a right turn,” said Cllr Porter.

“I’m not going to stop until people feel there is a safe junction.”

There were also calls for a stop line to be introduced at the junction, which could be taken into consideration in any future plans.

Cllr Humby said: “We’ve heard concerns from residents, the local county councillor, and the local MP, and in line with previous commitments I made, as well as carrying out a safety improvement scheme last year, we have been exploring a raft of further potential measures to help improve the operation of this junction.

““In our capacity as the local highway authority, road safety is always our top priority, and we will continue to do all we can with the resources we have available to put in measures where evidence shows these will improve safety across the county.”

Installing street lighting and CCTV is subject to further local and key stakeholder engagement.”