Eastleigh MP urges Hampshire County Council bosses to avoid 'monumental chaos' and rethink their plans to partially close Bishopstoke Road for up to six weeks from mid-January.
That is how Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton described the planned partial closure of one of the busiest roads in Eastleigh, Bishopstoke Road.
Local Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton, has urged Hampshire County Council to revisit the closure plans and to do more to minimise the disruption to local residents.
The planned closure of one of the lanes of Bishopstoke Road/B3037 has been scheduled as part of the work to replace the retaining wall and railings at Bishopstoke. If approved, the road used by thousands of local residents and business each day could be partially closed from mid-January for up to 16 weeks.
While welcoming the investment in the area, Eastleigh MP has raised concerns over potential serious disruptions to local residents.
“Repairs to this stretch of highway have been long overdue, so I welcome the much needed funds and investment for this work to be done. However, this is a major road and closing one lane of it for up to 16 weeks would cause a monumental level of disruption to a significant number of residents.”
I don’t think that the County Council have thought these plans through. More can and should be done to both speed up this vital work and reduce to an absolute minimum, the disruption that local residents will have to endure.”
The work could have been scheduled for the summer holidays, when there is less traffic and more daylight hours for potentially for longer working days. The work should also be ‘double shifted, especially in light of the earlier problems that I raised, caused by the closure of the Colden Common B3354 road.”
The MP has further pressed the County Council bosses to make assurances that the diversions due to be put in place for when the road is closed are robust enough as to not allow adjoining roads in Bishopstoke to become rat-runs for traffic.
“These estate roads in Bishopstoke were not designed with heavy vehicles in mind, so I want an assurance that the diversion will not put additional pressures on residents by directing dangerous volumes and inappropriate sizes of vehicles through residential roads.”