This Wednesday the 19th at 7:30pm there will be a public meeting at the Gill Nethercott Centre, where HCC Councillor Tom Thacker will discuss the safety issues raised by locals regarding the A34 sliproad / Winchester road intersection at Tufton. Whitchurch Town Council advise that Cllr Thacker has recently met with the Highways Agency, HCC Highways and a Town Councillor, and their feedback will be discussed at the meeting. Hurstbourne Priors Parish Council have previously raised concerns about this intersection, and will send a representative if possible.
Over the last two months a group of locals have petitioned Hampshire County Council and the Highways Agency to improve the layout of the road. It is felt by Tufton locals that the intersection is a crash waiting to happen – some of the emails sent to Cllr Thacker include phrases such as:
“cars and HGV’s driving up the off-ramp”
“This intersection is lethal”
“I have witnessed cars travelling under the A34 towards Whitchurch on the wrong side of the road”
“a pure danger to all road users”
One Tufton mother feels so strongly about the issue that today she printed and delivered leaflets to all Tufton houses and the whole length of Winchester Road, advertising the meeting. This is not another ‘nice to have’ local campaign, it is a matter of extreme concern to people living with the everyday consequences of a poorly-though-out road design. The consequence of inaction here isn’t a slow broadband connection or one less pub to drink in, rather it could be a dead child, spouse or sibling. All road users are at risk here, 365 days a year.
While this sliproad has not seen a serious crash in the last 5 years, there have been at least two rollover crashes resulting in injury. Tufton residents report many near-misses, and opinion is that it is only because locals have learnt to live with the danger that nothing serious has happened – yet. To date the Highways Agency response has been that as no-one has been seriously injured or killed, there is no ‘business case’ for improvements.
A full record of the issues and communication with both HCC and the Highways Agency, and some suggestions to improve things can be found at http://tuftonordeath.blogspot.co.uk.
I strongly encourage you to attend this meeting and make your concerns heard to Cllr Thacker. The Highways Agency are notorious for inaction on matters like this, as documented in a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary. Public opinion is the single best tool we have to make this busy intersection safer for all road users.
Hoping to see you there,
|Date:||December 18, 2012 at 12:00 am|