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County council said traffic survey at Black Dam Roundabout was "essential"
THE county council has apologised for the delays suffered by drivers in Basingstoke this morning.
The chaos on the town’s roads during rush hour was a result of a traffic survey being carried out by Hampshire County Council at the Black Dam Roundabout.
Many drivers spent hours stuck in traffic jams, and took to Twitter and The Gazette website to vent their frustration.
But Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment, said the survey was “essential.”
He added: “We sincerely apologise for the delays experienced on the approach to the Black Dam Roundabout this morning. The county council was carrying out an essential survey to collect information on travel patterns to help us design improvements for the roundabout and other strategic sites in Basingstoke.
“We only carry out this type of survey where other measures such as traffic counts are not sufficient and where this level information is an absolute requirement. Without this information it is very difficult for the council to secure funding from Government for transport improvements.”
He added that for the survey results to “accurately reflect the travel patterns of commuters”, the council could not publicise advance notice of the exact locations and dates for the survey sites.
Cllr Woodward said: “We do try to keep any delays resulting from the surveys to a minium.”
Postcards were given out to drivers in Black Dam when the traffic lights were red, for them to complete and return to the council.
However, Cllr Woodward said the length of delays as a result “became excessive.”
He added: “As a result we reviewed the traffic management arrangements that had been put in place to allow us to continue to undertake the survey safely whilst improving the traffic flow.”
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