Safety improvements on A31 'matter of urgency' says PCC

A31 at Ringwood The A31 is a major route to and from the south west

Improving safety on a stretch of road on the Hampshire - Dorset border is a "matter of urgency", Dorset's police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.

Both Martyn Underhill and Hampshire PCC Simon Hayes are calling for speed limit changes on the A31 at Ringwood.

Ringwood town councillors have said short slip roads, poor signage and congestion cause hazards.

Moped rider Jade Clark, 16, from Ringwood, Hampshire, died in a crash on the road in February.

Desmond Swayne, Conservative MP for New Forest West, is due to lead a delegation from Ringwood to meet roads minister Steven Hammond next week to lobby for improved signing and a reduction in the 70mph speed limit between Picket Post and the Ashley Heath interchange.

Mr Underhill said: "For many years there have been certain blackspots on the A31. It is now a matter of urgency we get safety on the road reviewed."

He called on the Department for Transport, the Highways Agency, and Hampshire and Dorset county councils to work together on a scheme to improve road safety.

Steve Rippon of Ringwood Town Council said the road was "incapable of dealing with the traffic we've got at the moment".

The Department for Transport previously said any changes would have to be "evidence based".

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