Eversley and Church Crookham will use funding from developers for a variety of road safety schemes
Eversley and Church Crookham will see more than £100,000 invested in four projects to make pedestrians safer on roads.
Hart District Council has released £109,614 of contributions from developers to Hampshire County Council to fund realignment and gateway works, speed humps and traffic islands on rat-runs in both parishes.
Warbrook Lane, in Eversley, known as Webbs Corner at St Neots Road, is used as a short-cut by commuters and parents as it avoids a roundabout and Bramshill crossroads.
The lane, however, is narrow with fast-moving traffic and schoolchildren are forced to walk into the road as the school bus stop is located there.
Phillip Todd, chairman of Eversley Parish Council, was pleased the funding had at long last been sought as the parish council had campaigned to improve Webbs Corner at St Neots Road for years.
He described the traffic there as ‘fast and particularly dangerous’ while the parish council’s fight had been a ‘long-running saga.’
Cllr Todd added: “We persuaded Hampshire County Council eight years ago that the junction needed a number of safety measures.
“They agreed but the project was put back due to lack of funding.
“Hart District Council had been hanging on to the funding for many years but now it has been released to Hampshire County Council, it is in the right pot to move things along.”
The rural junction lies on a short-cut between the A327 Eversley Street and Bramshill Road, and in its present alignment is unsuitable for larger vehicles, which tend to over-run grass verges and damage the ditches adjacent to the roads.
The county council has prepared the Eversley scheme, estimated to cost £31,888, to improve the alignment of the road and make it safer for users.
Church Crookham will see three separate projects to target speeding through the village. Firstly, motorists will be alerted that they are driving in a built-up area and urged to reduce their speed when they enter the town in Aldershot Road or Beacon Hill Road.
These improved gateway features are expected to cost £26,000.
The second project is to install two pedestrian islands at existing crossings in Aldershot Road and Beacon Hill Road to assist pedestrians using the crossing and help to reduce speed. This scheme is expected to cost £26,726.
Finally, the third project will consist of flat-topped speed humps in The Verne to the point where a public footpath crosses the street.
This is hoped to help to reduce speed on the road used by many children accessing local schools.
This project is expected to cost a further £25,000.
Councillor Jonathan Glen, portfolio holder for environment at Hart District Council, approved the funding under delegated powers.
John Foggo, the highways team manager technical services at Hart District Council, said: “Hampshire County Council has got the schemes already prepared for these works in Eversley and Church Crookham and this money will enable them to fund the projects and get them started.”