Plans for traffic lights and speed cameras to relieve congestion on the A31 works
SEVERAL new measures are being put in place for the A31 at Ringwood, including traffic lights and speed cameras to combat traffic jams and speeding.
At a meeting on ongoing improvement work, representatives from the National Highways, Hampshire County Council and Ringwood Borough Council presented plans to adapt and improve the road networks on and around the A31 .
It was noted that there have been continued reports of motorists traveling at speeds in excess of 30mph on local road networks such as Hightown Road, making it “dangerous to walk due to the narrow paths”.
Police will apparently keep a “watchful eye” on such cases, but the deployment of cameras or camera vans on an ad hoc basis has also been requested. National Highways says it has asked police to provide some law enforcement with a security camera van and is inquiring about the use of a CCTV surveillance van.
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It was also agreed to increase signage to discourage rat racing on Ringwood roads. National Highways said it would deploy signs to encourage vehicles to stay on the A31 to ease congestion on local road networks. This, however, had apparently been made more difficult with the vehicles’ satellite navigation systems “unnecessarily distracting drivers from the A31”.
One of the biggest challenges since work began has been the huge traffic jam from Southampton Road to Poulner Slipway during rush hour.
With the closure of the westbound slip road on the A31 from the B3347 Mansfield Road, one of the few ways back onto the A31 is via Southampton Road.
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This route was described as jammed at peak times, forcing authorities to agree a temporary trial of traffic lights in a bid to ease congestion.
Temporary lights will operate during afternoon rush hour at the junction of Southampton Road with the Poulner slip road. No action will be taken at the junction of Eastfield Lane with the westbound A31 motorway.
Finally, plans are also underway to implement a Temporary Traffic Control Order (TTRO) at the junction of the A338 Salisbury Road and Northfield Road to stop cars parking and worsening congestion, which will has been a problem for nearby residents since work on the A31 began. .