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Ringwood Council discusses measures to improve road safety on the A31
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- Proposals include a review of signage at slip roads
- Merge ahead signs at the westbound Poulner interchange
- Yellow box markings at the A338 Ringwood interchange
- Councillors may press the Highways Agency to reconsider a 50mph limit
- The meeting comes just days after the death of 16-year-old Jade Clark in a collision on the A31 at Ringwood
The meeting has now concluded, that is all from Ringwood tonight.
That the council does not accept that there is no case for a 50mph limit as the Highways Agency claims.
That the county council carry out a review of signage.
That proposals for merge ahead signs and bridge signs made by the agency be welcomed, and that the costs for said signs be produced for the council.
That the county council be asked to consider yellow box markings at the A338 Ringwood interchange.
Councillors have voted to send their recommendations to the Highways Agency and the county council.
They have also agreed to recommend that the road is re-classified as an urban road, and to request a meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport.
Chair: The council is not prepared to sit on the response we had back from Highways.
"There can hardly be 10 yards of the road in three miles which hasn't seen an accident," he says.
"Ringwood residents need to use that road to go anywhere else, it is not just for people travelling long journeys."
He says the council should recommend the Highways Agency reclassify the road as an urban road.
It would then require a 50mph limit according to the agency's guidelines.
Cllr Michael Thierry, one of the proposers, has compared the situation to David and Goliath, with the Highways Agency as the latter.
"Ringwood is full of little Davids," he adds.
Cllr Jeremy Heron has reminded the council of the collision which led to the death of Jade Clark on Sunday evening.
He has urged residents to support the council by writing to local MP Desmond Swayne.
Chair Steve Rippon Swaine: "No one here will disagree with that."
Only one speaker from public, Ian Wafen says A31 is "very very dangerous".
He would like to see more lighting and signage in due course.
"There are measures which could be implemented immediately, such as a 50mph speed limit."
Good evening from the Ringwood Gateway. Councillors are starting the discussion now.