Both schemes have been designed in line with the Government’s ambition for people to transition to more active and sustainable forms of travel and reduce reliance on the car. This includes supporting greater use of local bus services as signalled by the national Bus Back Better strategy. In addition, they will also contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions in line with Hampshire County Council’s Climate Change Strategy.
The two schemes meet the key ambitions set out in Hampshire County Council’s draft Local Transport Plan 4, which aims to reduce the overall need to travel, reduce dependency on the private car and provide a transport system that puts people first and enables high quality prosperous places to live. The draft plan is due to be consulted on publicly this Spring.
Sustainable travel is at the heart of the proposed changes for the A27 Delme roundabout to Downend Road scheme, which includes new infrastructure to improve bus journey reliability, as well as create safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The proposed scheme would include a westbound bus lane and a two-way cycle lane. Traffic capacity is also being maintained with the proposals forecast to have limited impact.
Time savings for journeys is also a main aim of the proposals to widen the southbound carriageway on Park Road South between Solent Rd and the A27 Langstone Road roundabout. This would increase the road’s capacity and allow buses to exit the bus lay-by into the new lane which would mean services travelling to Hayling Island would automatically be in the correct lane to navigate the roundabout.
The costs for the two schemes total over £11.66 million and would be funded largely from the successful joint bid (by Hampshire County
Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Isle of Wight Council) for nearly £57 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. A proportion of the costs for the A27 Delme roundabout would also be funded by the Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund.
More information about each of the schemes can be found online on the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfparkroadsouthimprovementshttps://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfa27delmeroundabout