04-02-2018Now to start on 2018. The list is available here sorted by both date and road and here is the breakdown
Well that's the end of 2017 and the equivalent figures are, assuming that I haven't missed any:
Details of the 2017 incidents are available here.
That works out at roughly one incident every 2 days on the M27. Can you imagine what losing the hard shoulder is going to do for emergency response times when they turn it into a 'smart' motorway. Don't forget these are NOT all of the delays, they are only the unusual ones.
A total of 375. That is over a 25% overall increase on last year. The question is - is this increase caused almost entirely from increased congestion or just even worse driving standards and will the smartening of the M27 improve them?
Details of the 295 incidents during 2016 are available here sorted by both date and road.
A total of 295.
Bear in mind that many of the incidents don't just apply to one road - they have knock on effects to the whole of South Hampshire, especially those on the M27 and they are only the incidents that I have noticed whilst browsing the Web.
Just a little picture to show the chaos caused by a closure westbound of the M27 at the 4 into 3 section on 01-12-2016
Grabbed from an entry by Cllr. Woodward in the 'In touch with Sarisbury and Whiteley' Facebook page
The Department for Transport is consulting on the creation of a major road network (MRN) for the country. Of most note locally is the A32 between Fareham (M27) and Gosport which is one of those roads which requires huge investment to actually make any positive changes. This may be the opportunity and people are encouraged to have their say by 19th March
Link to the report
A new MRN would help deliver the following objectives:
The creation of an MRN will allow for dedicated funding from the National Roads Fund to be used to improve this middle tier of our busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads.
FBC Planners have posted their recommendation to proceed with approving the Greenaway Lane Sites (links to the documents on their website are available here). Amongst many weak statements in favour, they tell us "Taking account of the above, officers are satisfied that the PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE NO UNNACEPTABLE amenity or TRAFFIC IMPLICATION. !!!" Really!
In relation to traffic generation and highway matters, the submitted documents have been considered by the Highway Authority who is satisfied that the access is acceptable.
The impact of this number of dwellings can be mitigated against through financial contributions towards highway network improvements detailed elsewhere in this report.
Taking account of the above, officers are satisfied that the proposal would not have any unacceptable amenity or traffic implications and would therefore comply with criterion (v) of Policy DSP40.
It does make you wonder which world our councils live in.
Is there any chance that the situation can be improved? Cllr. Woodward has so frequently said that there is nothing that can be done about the A32/A27 junction at the Market Quay roundabout or at the Delme Arms junction so what is the point of monitoring the pollution when there can be no real resolution?
Building even more houses on the Gosport peninsular is just going to exacerbate the problem anyway. As for his comment about the £100M being invested in Fareham's roads, every so-called improvement so far seems to have just worsened the situation. Will the Stubbington By-Pass help? Well it will allow more vehicles to get to the traffic jams more quickly.
The problem is pretty obvious to most people - over-development, lack of affordable public transport and no space to improve the situation. Perhaps PUSH should have taken this sort of problem into account when they accepted the Strategic Housing report instead of ignoring the attitude of local people and just accepting it as a fait accompli.
Link to the Daily Echo article
On the 27th October this year, the final day that comments could be made about the Welborne Plan, Network Rail sent an e-mail to FBC about the Outline Planning Application for Welborne. Having just spent I can't remember how many millions on upgrading the Station roundabout, did they take into account the ramifications of the following paragraphs?
We note that in advance of (or in the absence of) a new station at Welborne the interim
position is to provide a bus link to Fareham Station. We were not aware previously of this bus link,
and would like more detail from the LPA/applicant on frequency and passenger usage levels etc
so that we can consider the impact on Fareham Station both in terms of increased footfall and the
traffic issues this may result in around Fareham Station. For example, is the bus link intended to
service the complete development or just up to a certain percentage of the total number of units
envisaged in the planning application?
In turn NR will also need to consult with South West Railway in order to establish if the impact of bus link at Fareham Station can be accommodated
I would think that the rest of their comments are pretty standard but to go along with the above statement it would be nice to know just how the Council and developers intend to route the buses from Welborne to the Station. We were promised that Welborne would be self-sustaining, well this could help ensure that it does not just become a commuter town for areas with even MORE expensive housing.
Just came across this thread on the
Fareham Aware Facebook Group.
Let's hope that they manage to resolve the problem before it finally gives way under the weight of the chaos that the Co-Op lorry that stops just up the road causes.
Surely the longer that they leave it the worse it will get. It just makes you wonder how much clout our councillors have at HCC. Is it possible that they have used all of the cash allocated for Fareham on the A27 and Newgate Lane South schemes?
If anybody needs a transcription of the thread because they can't access Facebook let me know and I shall see what I can do.
The A32 between Gosport and Fareham has been ranked amongst the top ten most dangerous roads in the country. How many times has our Executive Leader told us that there is nothing that can be done to improve the situation in, Fareham yet still they are building more houses with vehicles that will use this road for access?
So not only dangerous to motorised transport but also dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists because of the pollution being caused.
Road Crash Index from the Road Safety Organisation
Link to the Daily Echo article
Link to The News article
Now that the Hampshire Rose bombsite has been granted permission for 18 flats we can start to see the problems that were raised during the planning debate.
A short video clip of a typical evening outside the shops in Fareham Park Road (apologies but the time on the video is wrong, I hadn't changed it to GMT). It really was a bit of luck that a bus wasn't coming at the time, no space for it to stop or even pass through in either direction, although that would have been unlikely as the last one had already gone. Customers for the chippie totally ignoring the double yellows, parking on the opposite pavement and now they are talking about opening a restaurant in the old hairdressers shop. Let's be honest though, if they parked where it was clear and safe the ir food would have been cold by the time they got back to their cars.
It's a great idea to extend the BRT, to finally get it to cover the route that it was originally planned for into the centre of Gosport, to add Welborne and Cosham as extra routes but they seem to have forgotten one of the most important routes for the people of Fareham, the one to the Fareham Community Hospital.
Unless they manage to put new roads in would it be possible to add a BRT from Welborne via the A32 or North Hill on the existing roads, and from the new transport quarter to Cosham is going to be one major problem if it isn't to make the existing traffic problems even worse.
Link to the Daily Echo article
An investigation by Quartix has named the A32 through the Meon Valley and North Fareham as the fifth most hazardous for drivers in the country after the vehicle telematics firm analysed driving habits on numerous rural, single-lane carriageways with 60mph speed limits.
Link the Daily Echo article
Under the plans for the route – which would be known as an ‘all-lane running’ smart motorway – lay-bys called ‘emergency refuge areas’ would be introduced.
These would be stationed 2km apart from each other and the organisation wants that distance reduced and the number of them doubled.
Jack Cousens, spokesman for the AA said: ‘We have serious concerns about the all-lane running smart motorway scheme.
'The problem with the lay-bys is they are too far apart at 2km and we would prefer them at 1km to a kilometre and a half apart.'
Quotes fromThe News article
Not sure if this should go here or under Devolution but another QUANGO gets under way.
It seems to have started in 2016 but now looks as if it is going to get sorted in 2018
Quote from an article in Remarkable Engagement:
"It is hoped that the proposed TfSE would aid authorities in securing influence over national and regional infrastructure providers, helping to ensure the infrastructure required to support continuing economic growth. A TfSE would see Government, South East Transport Authorities and/or Combined Authorities and LEPs working together with Highways England, Network Rail and port, airport and bus operators."
It does seem to be pretty hard to find any more information on the group. Seems to be very shy of publicity.
The News article
Remarkable Engagement article
As part of Operation Resilience, Hampshire County Council’s programme to make Hampshire’s roads more resilient to the effects of extreme weather and heavy traffic, Notice of upcoming carriageway resurfacing works on the whole of the Delme Arms Roundabout, in three phases.
The works are programmed for 09th May – 12th May & 15th May – 16th May 2017 and are expected to last for 6 nights during which time the road will be closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 21:00 to 06:00 hrs. The road will be open during the daytime.
Information signs advising road users of the works will be erected in advance of the works starting. A letter will be sent to local residents and an email will be sent to Fareham Borough Council to advise them accordingly.
Should you have any questions or require further information please contact the Operation Resilience team on 01962 813063 or email email@example.com
£2.5M for M27 J7
As part of this programme, Highways England will deliver further small schemes in addition to major motorway and A-Road improvement; these will take place before 2020.
As reported, the improvements at Junction 7 are part of plans to turn the M27 into a ‘smart motorway’.
The plans, which were unveiled in January, involve turning the hard shoulder into a fourth lane to improve traffic flow.
The project for the stretch of motorway between Junction 4 and 11 is part of Highway England’s smart motorway programme.
Nothing yet on J9, J10 or J11.
Link to the Daily Echo article.
Quote from Caroline Dinenage - MP for Gosport
"Today, I am delighted to announce that the Government will provide the funding necessary to complete the Stubbington Bypass.
This new strategic route is essential to meet the needs of long-suffering residents and commuters. It will transform connectivity of the Solent Enterprise Zone & the wider Gosport peninsula and it is estimated to unlock £200m of private sector leverage.
Since I was first elected I have campaigned tirelessly for investment to tackle our road congestion problems & improve access to the peninsula. I believe this is essential for overcoming barriers to our area’s regeneration and driving economic prosperity, jobs, skills and training. You can read about the journey to this point
The bypass scheme involves a package of transport infrastructure improvements including:
The Stubbington bypass won't only help residents in Stubbington, Hill Head & Lee on the Solent. Traffic studies show that half of cars leaving Gosport heard west on M27 towards Southampton. A new peninsula access route will help take cars off of the A32, therefore supporting the whole Gosport peninsula.
The funding announced forms part of the Solent LEP’s Local Growth Deal bid. The total project cost of the Stubbington bypass is £34.2m. Particularly thanks to the support of fantastic Cllrs Sean Woodward, Graham Burgess & Chris Wood, an £8.5m contribution from Hampshire County Council was secured in summer 2016, meaning that £25.7m was required from central Government to complete the project"
And from Rob Humby
"Hampshire County Council has dedicated a great deal of time securing planning permission and preparing business cases for the scheme, following engagement with local residents and business communities."- We know they 'consulted' but did they listen? Link to a Daily Echo article.
Well that's the access road for Newlands now funded. Will Cllr. Woodward's promise about no development at Newlands hold up or will it just turn out to be so much hot air as many people expect?
Is it just me or is it slightly strange that even though this new access road will be in our Suella's demesne? The announcement first came from the MP for Gosport, it doesn't (as of today) even appear on her web page.
Seven new projects expected to start in the next couple of years (depending on external funding), these include:
The News article
"COUNCILLORS have become embroiled in a tense debate over a decision to scrap a £60,000 contract with another authority over orders to keep roads safe."
It just shows how important videos are becoming, unfortunately this was the first Executive committee meeting that fell through the gap yet the only mention about the subject in the minutes is from the FBC published Printed draft minutes which doesn't exactly say a lot.
"9. PUBLIC PROTECTION
(1) Traffic Management
Councillors S D T Woodward and K D Evans declared Non Pecuniary Interests for this item as they are both Hampshire County Councillors. They remained present at the meeting and took part in the discussion of the item.
At the invitation of the Executive Leader, Councillor R H Price, JP addressed the Executive on this item. He declared a Non Pecuniary Interest for this item as he is a Hampshire County Councillor.
RESOLVED that the Executive:
(a) approves the termination of the current traffic management agreement with Hampshire County Council; and
(b) approves to continue funding the provision of deploying speed limit reminder signs with a budget of £8,000 per annum."
If, like me, you haven't got a clue what a TPO is the legal definition of the phrase is available here
Picture from The News article
Link to The News article
A Gosport bin lorry jack-knifed and overturned on the eastbound M27 between junctions 11 & 12 this morning, it occurred at about 11:00. The effect was still being felt as late as 14:30 as far afield as Shedfield Common, presumably everybody exiting the M27 at Burseldon or Hedge End and trying to go through Botley and Wickham and then over Portsdown Hill. The A27 was virtually at a standstill from J9.
The traffic started to flow again at about 15:00 only for the 2 offside lanes to be closed for the repair of the barriers. So with a single incident on the M27 virtually the whole of the road system from Whiteley to east of Portchester was brought almost to a standstill for about 8 hours (they think that the repairs will be completed by about 19:00), a 'smart' motorway is not going to help in a situation like this, and they do seem to happen with monotonous regularity. I wonder if Suella's meeting with our P.M. will be able to doa nything to help.