Tipping Lorry Hazard On Rushington Roundabout
I have been pressing Hampshire County Council Highway Chiefs to take more action to help prevent the possibility of further lorry tipping incidents on Rushington roundabout.
The good news is that we haven’t had an incident recently and it may be that the “danger of lorries tipping” signs on all approaches is having some positive impact.
What I am mainly worried about is that a further tipping incident might involve the crushing of pedestrians on the adjacent footpath.
It’s a route used frequently, including school children.
The current barriers are of no protection when it comes to the full weight of a lorry tipping over.
I now have confirmation that highway engineers have carried out a preliminary investigation and indicate that a scheme to move the pavement could be feasible.
However, the presence of utility plant may have an impact on the cost and deliverability of the scheme.
I have been promised that there will be further investigations before the year end with potentially delivering a scheme before the end of the financial year (May 2020).
The Transport Team at Hampshire County Council are also investigating improvements to the roundabout through the “Transforming Cities Fund”.
This includes an ambition to improve bus journey times.
As always, I am frustrated at the length of time it takes for highways department to implement safety schemes but it isn’t the fault of the hard working officers, it is a direct consequence of local authorities being starved of funding by central government.
I will keep pressing the issue, desperately hoping that there won’t be a tragic incident before the necessary safety measures are carried out.