The new Smannell Road, which diverts through the busy Augusta Park residential estate, yesterday had the long awaited double yellow lines painted on it.
The busy route, leading to the villages of St Mary Borne and Smannell, used to follow the outskirts of the new development and away from the majority of homes. However, it was diverted through the built-up estate, leaving the previous road to be returned to green space.
Despite opposition from local councillors and hundreds of residents, the Secretary of State for Transport agreed with the developer, Bellway Homes, and granted the Stopping Up Order in 2010.
However, since the road was diverted in August, residents have been faced with serious safety concerns relating to the speed of the vehicles passing through the estate, and the HGVs that pass just feet from the front doors of the worst affected residents.
The double yellow lines have been painted either side of the busy road with several gaps allowing for three cars to be parked at staggered intervals on either side, intended as a traffic calming measure.
At the same time as the Smannell Road line painting, double yellow lines are being painted outside Endeavour School and Roman Way School.
Speaking to Andover & Villages, Cllr Phil North said, “I’m pleased the new road safety scheme for Alamein Ward, including measures to make drop off and pick up safer at both Endeavour and Roman Way Primary schools, is now coming to fruition following public consultation.
“Responding to feedback from parents, teachers and local residents, we got to work with highway engineers to implement a scheme to improve crossing points and better sight lines for children. As soon as the community centre car park is released by the developer, hopefully next week, our contractors are on stand-by to paint further road markings in the vicinity of the Endeavour school. We are continuing to push for a controlled crossing at Roman Way Primary School.
“Since the developer’s plan to divert the Smannell Road got the go-ahead at public inquiry, despite widespread opposition, we have been working with highway officials to try and make the road safer. The scheme now provides a safer crossing point for pedestrians who can get a good view of the whole road without having to edge out between parked cars. Importantly, it still allows some parking as a natural traffic-calming measure.”