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Councillor Davod Harrison

Marchwood Bypass Crash

Bypass crash

There were long delays, following a two car collision on the Marchwood bypass yesterday. Let’s hope that drivers and passenger involved will make a full and speedy recovery.

I have been contacted by the press asking for my thoughts and in particular whether the road should be converted to dual carriageway, along the whole route.

Here is my response. I would appreciate you views….

“Almost all A class roads will see road traffic incidents that cause massive disruption when they result in a road closure for any length of time.

Several years ago, following two fatal accidents involving motorcyclists, Hampshire County Council invested heavily in a series of safety measures, including a reduction of the speed limits, especially around the junctions. I think these have been largely successful given the sheer volume of traffic that the A326 sees every day.

Most traffic incidents occur as a result of driver error, rather than speed itself. I know that the highway engineers will look at every serious incident and consider whether there is anything that can be improved from a safety point of view.

It would be a big, controversial, step to try and make all of the bypass into dual carriageway. It could not be done without encroaching into National Park land. It would create an even bigger barrier for people to access the New Forest. It wouldn’t likely reduce the number of accidents. I don’t think it would even reduce congestion because most of the traffic would still have to negotiate the Redbridge bottleneck”

photo courtesy of The Daily Echo.

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