Parchment Street traffic questionnaire

Press Release: 17/03/2005

Winchester City Council is sending out a questionnaire to residents and businesses that may have been affected by the reversal of the traffic flow in Parchment Street, Winchester.

This is part of the evaluation process of the temporary traffic order which came into effect in November last year.

The City Council has already received many letters and comments about the experiment, which also included restricting access in Middle Brook Street.

Traffic surveys have regularly been carried out to establish the changes to traffic volumes and speeds, constant air quality monitoring has been undertaken, details of footfall figures have been recorded and other effects on trade and commerce have been noted and will be taken into account before any final decision is made.

Initial observations and surveys have shown that, except when there have been road works, the main one-way system is coping well with the slight increase in traffic.

Cllr Richard Knasel, the City Council's Cabinet portfolio holder for economy and transport, said the initial results are as expected, and, as promised, the Council is now asking the residents in all affected streets for their opinions.

"It is important that people tell us what they think of the experiment. We will be continuing to monitor both traffic movements and air quality between now and the summer when a report will come back to Cabinet.

"I have met with retailers and heard their views and look forward to receiving the residents replies to the questionnaire," he added.

Typical traffic volumes per day have changed as follows:-

Typical volume before

Typical volume after

North Walls (east of Parchment Street)

13719

15320

St Georges Street (east of Parchment Street)

14425

16499

Middle Brook Street (north of Cossack Lane)

420

152

Upper Brook Street

1915

1806

Parchment Street

3278

508

St Peter Street

1107

695

Although the questionnaire is being widely distributed the Council is asking anyone else who would like a copy of the questionnaire to contact Neville Crisp in the Traffic and Transport Section on 01962 848484, email ncrisp@winchester.gov.uk