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To: Councillor Rob Humby

Make Badger Farm Road Junctions Safe & Accessible for ALL

Make Badger Farm Road Junctions Safe & Accessible for ALL

Please make crossings of Badger Farm Road with Oliver's Battery Road South/North and T-junction with the Ridgeway safe and accessible for all types of traffic especially pedestrians (with pushchairs), cyclists and mobility scooters.

Why is this important?

In the late 1970's Oliver's Battery community was divided by Badger Farm Road (now the A3090). A poorly designed underpass was built to connect the North and South of Oliver's Battery Road underneath Badger Farm Road. It makes it impossible for people in wheel chairs or mobility scooters to cross this junction as there are only steps to come up the southern end and no slope. It is very hard to use for young families with babies or toddlers in pushchairs or cyclists who for instance want to cycle to work to Winchester of from Winchester to IBM in Hursley . It forces them to risk crossing the road with fast traffic.

This junction as well as the T-junction with the Ridgeway that lies in a bend are both very difficult and dangerous to cross even for cars that often build up long queues trying to to leave Oliver's Battery or Badger Farm.

Serious road traffic accidents have become the norm in recent years. It is only a matter of time until someone might lose their life.

With the lack of public transport facilities in Oliver's Battery its residents are isolated and makes them car dependent and many elderly people rely on the goodwill of their neighbours to drive them around.

The best option with great benefits not only for the local communities but for much of Winchester would be to:
- Fill up the underpass to create more space for a safe junction
- Build a traffic light junction with priority for cyclists and public transport
- Create a bus lane from the Sainsbury’s to the Pitt roundabout (westwards)
- Build a cycle lane (or another bus lane) on the eastbound side of Badger Farm Road
- Enable easy cycle routes: a) from Hursley via Oliver's Battery towards King's school, b) Along Badgers Farm Road to Sainsbury's, and c) towards Ridgeway/ St Cross and connecting Oliver's Battery with the new planned Leisure Centre at Bar End

Benefits:
- Safety for all types of traffic
- End discrimination against people with restricted mobility
- Promote active types of transport (Walking and Cycling)
- Promote public transport by shortening travel times for buses during peak times (Who would like to get stuck in the car if you can get into to town faster in the bus?)
- Save money that is wasted by keeping buses in congested road traffic

Residents in Oliver's Battery and Badger farm are very concerned about these junctions and several attempts by the Parish council and local councillors to improve the situation over many years have been ignored. Some progress has been made only recently.

Nobody can understand that even an attempt to reduce the speed limit on Badger Farm Road from 40 to 30 mph (that would cost almost nothing) was refused: The Police would not support it as they think that it will not be complied with by drivers. The main criteria the Police uses is that the existing mean speeds must be close to the proposed lower limit (mean speeds between the Sainsbury’s and Pitt roundabouts were recorded as between 34 and 36 mph, which was not considered to be close enough to 30 mph).

People living here are very disappointed about the slow progress.

Therefore, these urgently required modifications of Badger Farm Road must be part of the new the Winchester Movement Strategy.

Winchester

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Reasons for signing

  • Getting my bike up and down the metal strip on the northern side is impossible with panniers, it simply won’t fit. This awful underpass really does cut the community in two.
  • It never feels safe entering or turning right out of this junction either way by car unless traffic is at a standstill (8.30 on school mornings). The primary school needs to encourage less travel to school by car and promote more walking cycling and use of public transport- or park at Sainsbury’s and walk up. It takes the same amount of time as driving when you factor in the lengthy wait at this junction to exit Olivers Battery!
  • I’ve signed this petition as it’s a disgrace nothing has been done to solve all the problems. If Oliver’s Battery was a new development the current road layout would not be permitted and planning would be refused! I think either the speed limit should be reduced to 30MPH and speed camera. But surely it would be wise to possibly trial some temporary intelligent traffic lights first of all to see the outcome.

Updates

2019-10-13 16:24:27 +0100

Hurray, we are in the Hampshire Chronicle this week!
Councillor Rob Humby has taken note and promised that the council will investigate it further.
https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/17964583.something-needs-done-residents-call-accessibility-improvements-olivers-battery-road/?fbclid=IwAR2TjN8A-s_cMDnt2FxoiEwyEch9IA-owxp_yW0--MGOxjKj2VxeSId4JjE
To help this investigation I have started Oli B junction's own Facebook page to share any of the experiences that you have had with crossing it. Perhaps you'd like to take a photo or video on how you carry your bike or pushchair up and down the stairs?
Here it is: https://www.facebook.com/Olivers-Battery-Badgers-Farm-Road-Junction-110012767078844/
Please keep telling friends, family and colleagues about it and share via social media.

2018-12-24 14:59:23 +0000

Many thanks all of you for signing this petition. It already starts to have an impact. The junction is much talked about in the community and I thank all of you who have given me some feedback already.

Just imagine how big the impact could be if we had 5 times as many signatures. Impossible? No, you only need to find 5 others to sign the petition.

Perhaps if you have more time over the holidays and run out of things to discuss, maybe you could talk about the junction?

Merry Christmas or Season Greatings! I hope you have a great time.

Max

2018-12-03 20:44:27 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-06-19 14:16:10 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-06-17 16:28:48 +0100

Parish Chair Brian Mitchener and Vice Chair David Kirkby told me about discussions with HCC to improve Oli B / Badger F Rd junction. This summer, it is planned to widen the pavement in front of No 80 - welcomed by pedestrians. The removal of the traffic island and new markings will help cars to exit Oli B (www.oliversbattery.info/olivers-battery-road-junction).

Will it increase accessibility for wheelchairs or pushchairs? No. Neither will it support cyclists.

Traffic lights never materialised, perhaps due to reduced government funding to county councils. To my surprise, Steve Brine, our MP who usually supports cycling and local people, was not happy to sign this petition. Interestingly, more than £100m are planned for M3 projects to accommodate more traffic to the ports. Building work on the local stretch of the M3, planned in the very near future, will increase the traffic on Badger F Rd even more.

Therefore, we need to carry on. Please pass this petition on to others.

2018-05-15 00:07:09 +0100

Many thanks for signing this petition online or on paper.
The success of this petition will depend a lot on how we are able to spread the word:
Please encourage others to sign - family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, cyclists, walkers, runners, scooter drivers, pushchairers...

2018-05-14 23:13:10 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-04-30 12:46:00 +0100

10 signatures reached