We called a meeting this week to discuss measures to mitigate the principal issues that had come to light in the first week of the road closure.
In addition to Knights Brown’s team, it was attended by representatives from: Hampshire County Council, East Hampshire District Council, Alton Town Council, Hampshire Police, Hampshire Fire & Rescue, Forest Traffic Management, Aecom and Jubb.
Over the next few days, as soon as the resources required to implement them have been secured, the following measures will be introduced.
Northfield Lane/Chawton Park Road
CCTV warning signs will be erected, and mobile CCTV units will carry out patrols at random times of the day and night to further deter people from driving against the one-way section.
Supplementary signage, to inform drivers of “no access to sports centre, hospital or surgery” has already been erected at Chawton Park roundabout.
A temporary pedestrian crossing will be installed, near the junction with Rackclose Road, to assist pedestrians to cross safely.
Additional signs to deter HGV drivers from coming into Alton and driving up Ackender Road, have been added to approach roads.
Road barriers will be installed intermittently alongside the green for the full length of Whitedown Lane and partially along Butts Road. Together these measures will prevent drivers from cutting across Butts Green to circumnavigate the closed section of Whitedown Lane, while also allowing access for recreational purposes.
The local police force has now started to issue fines and penalty points to drivers who persist in bypassing the legal “No Entry” signs on Chawton Park Road and Ackender Road.
Police mobile speed cameras will also be a presence in and around town, to deter drivers from exceeding the speed limit.
Residents with concerns about illegal driver behaviour are encouraged to report it directly to the local police, which can be done via email to East.Hants.Police@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or the non-emergency number 101.
We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of these new arrangements and provide further updates through the website as appropriate.
Emergency Gas Works on B3349 Basingstoke Road
SGN has carried out an emergency repair to a gas main on the B3349 Basingstoke Road this week under multi-way traffic signals. This has unfortunately resulted in unexpected delays locally but was a necessity and outside of our control. The work is due to complete today (7 February 2019).
Currently there are no planned roadworks permitted on the diversion route for the duration of the Whitedown Lane road closure. The exception being emergency works responding to risk to life or loss of supplies, which must take precedence.