Since its installation in 2011 the so called “Temporary Splinter Island”, at the bottom of Christchurch Way in Stone, the traffic flow there has become increasingly congested. Through traffic and exiting cars from Morrisons car park are experiencing long delays. The carnival parade is prevented from travelling down the High Street as the right turn exit at the bottom cannot be negotiated by the HGV’s. This also applies to emergency vehicles called to the High Street and large delivery vehicles to the High Street, all are unable to turn right. They have to continue to the Lichfield Road to make hazardous turns in small side streets to return to Stafford Street towards the A34.
Started by: Rob KENNEY (Stone Independents)
This ePetition ran from 11/03/2019 to 31/05/2019 and has now finished.
183 people signed this ePetition.
The Council is aware of local concerns regarding the splitter island feature on Christchurch Way, Stone.
This was originally a temporary extension for the existing
splitter island and was first introduced to balance lane usage and
reduce excessive vehicle queues at the left-hand lane at the
traffic signals approaching from Christchurch Way.
The request for the splitter to be reviewed features on the local County Councillor’s Divisional Highway Programme (DHP). The DHP provides each Councillor with a small annual budget that they can use to fund investigation into community requests that may not otherwise meet the criteria for intervention.
The Council has limited funding streams through which to deliver highway improvements and any scheme for Christchurch Way is likely to far exceed the DHP budget, beyond perhaps, funding an initial exercise to establish options and their costs. Whilst some investigation into traffic flows here has been carried out in 2017, the data from the survey does not indicate that alterations would provide any benefit to road safety or, reduce the issues of congestion; and a further study would be necessary to fully understand the likely outcome of any changes.
Following receipt of the petition, the Council’s Connectivity Strategy team may look to undertake a costing exercise to understand the level of funding that would be required to deliver any alterations and to also measure what, if any, benefit these might provide. Similarly, the local County Councillor may choose to prioritise this issue over other highway concerns within their division and fund a study.
However, in the meantime, the Council can advise that a consultant for Morrisons has been in contact regarding potential modifications to their access, at the junction to the north of the splitter island. Whilst this communication is still in very early stages it is possible that the corridor could be considered as a whole in terms of operation and traffic flow improvements. It may be that improvements at the Morrisons access significantly improve the situation without amendments to the splitter island, but this too, would require further investigation.
The Council has sent initial comments back to the consultants
and we are awaiting their response.