A WINCHESTER accident blackspot is set for major changes to improve safety.

Hampshire civic chiefs met on Monday morning to discuss the junction of the A33 with London Road, Kings Worthy.

They unanimously agreed to pursue plans to reduce vehicle speed and improve pedestrian and cyclist provision.

Attending the meeting were MP Steve Brine, chief inspector Darius Hemmatpour of Hampshire Police, city council leader Keith Wood, county ward member Jackie Porter, Ian Gordon of Kings Worthy Parish Council, Penny Flemons of Itchen Valley Parish Council, Alison Matthews and Richard Coleman of the Upper Itchen Valley Society and Martin Wiltshire of the county highways team.

County officers confirmed the junction was also earmarked in its casualty reduction scheme for 2014/15 and also agreed to conduct a speed test on cars approaching the junction from both directions.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Brine said: “The message is clear, we want significant changes to the junction to slow everything down and protect driver, cyclist and pedestrian safety for the long-term.

“None us are highways specialists which is why we are requesting very clear and costed plans from the county council which match our ambition for the site and provide something we can ultimately work towards delivering.”

The county has already set aside £30,000 for minor improvements there but the meeting agreed they were not sufficient.

Mr Brine added: “It was unanimously agreed that this was seriously lacking in ambition and would make little, if any, difference to the dangers faced by drivers negotiating the junction if proceeded with in isolation.”