£1.5m scheme announced to spruce up Alencon Link

Basingstoke Gazette: The section of Alencon Link that will be improved The section of Alencon Link that will be improved

A KEY Basingstoke town centre road will be the subject of months of work as a £1.5million-plus improvement project swings into action in the new year.

Alencon Link will be given a makeover after Hampshire County Council bosses approved a scheme to spruce up the area.

More than £1.5m has been set aside by the county to fund works that will include planting new trees, creating a cycle path, and removing the north-side bank.

The developer-funded scheme is earmarked to start in early 2013, and is expected to finish by next April.

Hampshire County Council leader Councillor Ken Thornber said: “I think most people agree that the existing route in this area of Basingstoke is both unattractive and unappealing, especially for pedestrians and cyclists.

“When it is completed, we hope it will dramatically improve the appearance of this access to the town centre, making it safer for all road users.”

Traffic around the area will be disrupted during the early stages of the redesign, and temporary traffic lights will be installed. The remainder of the work will take place off the road.

The overgrown north-side bank will be removed, and a shared-use pedestrian cycle path will be built from Victory Roundabout up to Chapel Hill roundabout.

The subway connecting Winterthur Way to The Anvil entrance will also be removed, and a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing will be installed.

The crossing will be placed between The Malls car park exit ramp by the URS Scott Wilson building, and the Chapel Hill roundabout.

Cllr Thornber said: “We have listened to people’s concerns during consultation for the Town Access Plan and their views have helped to shape the final design for this scheme.”

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4:45pm Wed 10 Oct 12

LesFrèresCrucy says...

The problems:

1. In wet weather pedestrians and cyclists have to negotiate Puddle Splash Gauntlet.

2. Cyclists and pedestrians share the path; not a problem for wary people like me, but idiots cause blockages at rush hour (although this is somewhat ameliorated by the choice of two paths around the car park exit ramp; if only all people were sensible enough to choose the correct path).

3. Vehicles blocking the path in front of Scott Wilson; dangerously inclined people walk into the road.

4. Dangerous drivers speeding up and down that stretch of road.

5. Cyclists crossing lanes in front of Scott Wilson, to round the roundabout ahead. A safer route is to use the path.

Shame about the proposed removal of the north bank. Rabbits have taken a shine to it. I assume they'll all be killed, like the rabbits were in front of the train station, earlier this year, for no good reason. I found an empty shotgun shell on the grass shortly afterwards. Is that how the developer will kill the rabbits living on the north bank?
The problems: 1. In wet weather pedestrians and cyclists have to negotiate Puddle Splash Gauntlet. 2. Cyclists and pedestrians share the path; not a problem for wary people like me, but idiots cause blockages at rush hour (although this is somewhat ameliorated by the choice of two paths around the car park exit ramp; if only all people were sensible enough to choose the correct path). 3. Vehicles blocking the path in front of Scott Wilson; dangerously inclined people walk into the road. 4. Dangerous drivers speeding up and down that stretch of road. 5. Cyclists crossing lanes in front of Scott Wilson, to round the roundabout ahead. A safer route is to use the path. Shame about the proposed removal of the north bank. Rabbits have taken a shine to it. I assume they'll all be killed, like the rabbits were in front of the train station, earlier this year, for no good reason. I found an empty shotgun shell on the grass shortly afterwards. Is that how the developer will kill the rabbits living on the north bank? LesFrèresCrucy

6:02pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Jo Walke says...

Signal controlled pedestrian crossing? won't that bring walkers in closer contact with drivers and couldn't that add to conjestion at peak times?
(especially if you consider recent mutterings re sale/development of Kingsclere rd sites?)
Signal controlled pedestrian crossing? won't that bring walkers in closer contact with drivers and couldn't that add to conjestion at peak times? (especially if you consider recent mutterings re sale/development of Kingsclere rd sites?) Jo Walke

7:44am Thu 11 Oct 12

starbucks911 says...

As a resident of Winterthur Way I struggle to exit Winterthur Way safely due to road user approaching the mini roundabout at about 30-35mph, being able to see that they won't have to give way to the right, with no regard to the blind exit onto/from Winterthur way! I would like to understand how these improvements will make a difference to this issue?

Also I don't see how these improvements will help by having yet another set of traffic lights! This town is traffic light obsessed, how much electricity do they use over the year????
As a resident of Winterthur Way I struggle to exit Winterthur Way safely due to road user approaching the mini roundabout at about 30-35mph, being able to see that they won't have to give way to the right, with no regard to the blind exit onto/from Winterthur way! I would like to understand how these improvements will make a difference to this issue? Also I don't see how these improvements will help by having yet another set of traffic lights! This town is traffic light obsessed, how much electricity do they use over the year???? starbucks911

10:17pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Marina Morris says...

1.5 million! Presumably they're going to include a multi-storey car park for the parking-challenged of Popley and Brighton Hill for that AND fund a park and ride for the residents who will want to use it?
1.5 million! Presumably they're going to include a multi-storey car park for the parking-challenged of Popley and Brighton Hill for that AND fund a park and ride for the residents who will want to use it? Marina Morris

8:50am Sun 14 Oct 12

shame says...

你好' I don't see what they can do with it is a dead area always have been always will, apart from tiding up the foliage ????????????? but they need cameras on that round about to stop all the people "dropping off " on the turn left lane towards the car park entrance and the round about it's self ,shockingly arrogant and utterly dangerous
你好' I don't see what they can do with it is a dead area always have been always will, apart from tiding up the foliage ????????????? but they need cameras on that round about to stop all the people "dropping off " on the turn left lane towards the car park entrance and the round about it's self ,shockingly arrogant and utterly dangerous shame

8:50am Sun 14 Oct 12

shame says...

你好' I don't see what they can do with it is a dead area always have been always will, apart from tiding up the foliage ????????????? but they need cameras on that round about to stop all the people "dropping off " on the turn left lane towards the car park entrance and the round about it's self ,shockingly arrogant and utterly dangerous
你好' I don't see what they can do with it is a dead area always have been always will, apart from tiding up the foliage ????????????? but they need cameras on that round about to stop all the people "dropping off " on the turn left lane towards the car park entrance and the round about it's self ,shockingly arrogant and utterly dangerous shame

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