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Study will identify the best options for dangerous junction in Oakley
TRAFFIC could be forced to slow down at a junction in Oakley.
Hampshire County Council will carry out a study to investigate the best options for the junction of Fox Lane and Pack Lane in Oakley, after the parish council reported there was poor visibility there and confusion over who has the right of way.
At a meeting of Oakley Parish Council, Cllr Bob Frankland reported that he met with the county council to discuss the problem, and two possible solutions were presented. He said: “One looks at measures to slow the traffic down along Fox Lane and improve the visibility for those coming into that junction from Pack Lane. They will do the study on that and come back to us before they take it any further. That option would be £30,000 to £35,000.”
The second option is to install a compact roundabout costing £250,000.
Cllr Frankland said that option is too expensive now, but the county council will create a “technical design” of the roundabout so that it may be implemented in the future.
Cllr Rodney Scott, chairman of Oakley Parish Council, said: “The compact roundabout is the solution but that’s way into the future. At some stage it might be adopted but these interim measures will improve the situation.”
Cllr Frankland said the main problem at the junction is who has priority. The county council was always concerned about accidents and “incidents”, he said “and if they can slow traffic down the likelihood of an accident goes down and if they can improve visibility the likelihood of an incident goes down”.