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Hill Lane

Hill Lane After

Summary

  • Where: Hill Lane, between Burgess Road and Archers Road
  • When: From June 2020
  • What: Hill Lane Active Travel – Pedestrian and cycle lane improvements

Current scheme engagement

Recently, we sent out a survey to residents asking them for their thoughts on a proposed transport scheme. The scheme includes the provision of cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings in a section of Hill Lane, between Wilton Road and Bellemoor Road.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the questionnaire, your responses have been collated and we’d like to share the results with you, clarify the proposed improvements and answer the queries that were raised from the survey.

Over 64% of respondents agreed that the installation of segregated cycle lanes would make cyclists and children feel safer when using active travel modes around the area and to and from school.

72% of people agreed that the changes would not impact vehicle journey times and 78% felt that the proposed crossings will make it safer for people to cross the road. The majority of people also strongly believed that this scheme would make the Common easier to access.

The key elements of the work will include the installation of segregated cycle lanes in both directions. The dedicated cycle lanes will be on both sides of the road and will not affect the use of private driveways or bus stops. Two new raised crossings, near Radway Road and Kellett Road, will assist with reducing vehicle speed and will replace the current pedestrian crossing islands.

The cross hatchings currently in the road, and at the right-hand turn vehicle waiting zones between Wilton Road and Bellemoor Road will be removed to install the segregated cycle lanes.

A further safety measure will be the installation of low-level cycle signals at Bellemoor junction, these smart signals detect cyclists waiting and will turn green 5 seconds earlier than the main lights, this will enable cyclists to gain speed and clear the junction before the rest of the traffic. 

We received welcomed queries from the survey on the proposed changes, we have collated these and responded to them in the table below.  

Your questions, queries and observations

Our response

You had concerns with vehicle speeds along Hill Lane.

The scheme design has been amended to include raised zebra crossings; these traffic calming measures will help to reduce vehicle speeds. The scheme will remove the centre line and hatch markings currently on the carriageway, studies have shown that this reduces vehicle speeds by up to 3mph.

You said lighting should be upgraded at zebra crossing points.

An assessment of street lighting has been done as part of the design, and lighting levels are already at the required standards. Additional lighting would however, accompany the installation of any new crossways.

You said you wanted the cycle lanes to extend past the bus stops near Wilton Road junction.

We are unable to increase the width of the existing carriageway due to the heritage listing of the cemetery walls and loss of grass verge. The proposed traffic calming in the area will reduce vehicle speeds to ensure the mixed traffic is safer.

You said the cycle lanes should be protected.

The council has trialled the use of kerb Orcas on other cycle lanes, these are low-level kerbs that provide a physical boundary between the cycle lane and highway, which encourages vehicles to stay in their lane and not encroach into the cycle lane offering protection.

You said there is a preference for refuge islands rather than zebra crossings

Zebra crossings change the priority along the road from vehicle to pedestrian and will result in reduced pedestrian waiting times to cross the road. The council will be undertaking an education programme in conjunction with the new changes to the Highway Code about the use of zebra crossings.

 

 

Thank you for your participation in our previous survey. The Council is now formally advertising the necessary Traffic Order and other highway regulation proposals required for their scheme. The relevant documents can be found online at https://transport.southampton.gov.uk/tro .

Any person wishing to comment on, or object to the proposals must do so in writing via the Council’s website https://transport.southampton.gov.uk/tro or by post to                            

Highways Legal Team, Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY

Please quote “Hill Lane Active Travel” and, where objecting, please state the grounds for the objection by 18 March 2022.Please note that all representations submitted including the name and address of the person submitting it, may be made available for public inspection.

Previous scheme engagement

In March 2021, we undertook a survey asking for the views of residents and businesses on the proposed SCN4 Cycle Route which included active travel improvements to Dale Road, Winchester Road, Wilton Road and Hill Lane to promote cycling and walking.

72% of those responding agreed with the proposed changes to make Hill Lane, and only 16% disagreed. Safety concerns, traffic volumes and traffic speeds were reported as the main barriers to people using active travel modes such as cycling, scooting and walking.

Thank you to all those who responded to give their views. In response to this feedback, the council is proposing the following improvements to Hill Lane to support the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, whilst maintaining traffic flow and journey times for all road users.

  1. Building segregated, on-road cycle lanes on the north and south bound carriageways on Hill Lane between Wilton Road to Bellemoor Road extending the existing cycle lanes from the south. The cycle lanes will be intersected by the bus stops requiring cyclists to briefly merge with the carriageway if the buses are stopped there.
  2. Removal of the current crossing islands and replacing them with new zebra crossing points near Kellett Road and Radway Road making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road whilst reducing the number of crossing points that disrupt traffic.
  3. Installing a low-level cycle signal at Bellemoor Road junction. This signal detects cyclists waiting at the lights and gives them a five second start before the rest of vehicle traffic. This will help cyclists get up to speed and clear the junction ahead of the main traffic.
  4. Removal of the right hand turn waiting zones from Bellemoor Road to Wilton Road to allow space for the new cycle lanes.

You can also download and view the draft technical drawings of the proposals here and here.

The map below further illustrates these improvements.

To gather feedback on the above proposals, we recently ran a further survey looking to hear from people who use Hill Lane and who live and work within the local area. We are now reviewing the results of this survey, which are available here.

If you have general enquiries or questions that you cannot find answers to, please email us at roadworks@southampton.gov.uk