Response to Highways England's proposed Welborne/Roche Court road upgrade

I don't have time to write this up properly, but I couldn't let this pass without comment, so have quickly thrown this page together.

I have so far abstained from commenting on Welborne. My personal feeling is that there are millions of young people in southern England who need cheap houses, but I hate the idea of them being built in my countryside. That's my hypocritical opinion, we all have one, that's why I'm not starting a debate.

However, the perk of owning your own website is that you can pipe up when you see something that's not right. That's what I'm doing this evening.

Daily Echo Article: Revealed: The £40m scheme that will transform the M27.

Firstly, there are some inaccuracies in the article: the current Roche Court/junction 10 is one of the least congested major roads in Hampshire, not the most. The new junction is surely not within existing highway land as suggested. The proposed layout is not a "full cloverleaf", it is the complete opposite. The map is also misleading.

I'm getting those out the way in case I go on to comment on something which also turns out to be untrue. Having dealt with Highways England and local newspaper reporters before, I am willing to believe that Highways England have sent out a badly-written press release about how great they are, and the Daily Echo have re-printed all the spin.

Here are my outstanding "concerns" with the proposal which I spotted in the article:

I am not a highway designer or a social engineer. I am a nobody who drives a lot.

I do know that everybody will have a complaint of some sort about this junction and Welborne whether it is built or not.

I also know a bit about how the world works. Developers pay big money to build shops and houses next to busy roads and in return pay pittance for some road improvements which the cash-strapped council can't afford on their own.

The problem we have is that, as we've learned at Quay Street (Tesco Fareham) and as we've learned at motorway junctions across the country, people like Tesco and Buckland Homes are good at making cheap buildings but they know nothing about how to build decent roads. And increasingly (after all the good ones got fed up with bashing theirs heads against walls), neither do the professionals.