Improvements to Ringwood Town Centre to start this Spring

Hampshire County Council will start work this month on a project to ensure better accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians to Ringwood, in the New Forest

Mar 10 2020

Following public consultation in 2017, Highways England are taking forward a scheme to increase capacity on the A31, decrease congestion and improve safety in the area by widening of the westbound carriageway of the A31 and the closing the West Street access onto the A31.
 
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “As a consequence of these Highway England works, Hampshire County Council has been working collaboratively with New Forest District Council and Ringwood Town Council to develop a programme of small scale measures that support the Ringwood Town Access Plan. These measures will help improve pedestrian and cycle safety, while ensuring good access to the town remains after the closure of West Street.”
 
Ringwood Town Mayor, Cllr. Tony Ring, said: “I’m glad Ringwood Town Council has been able to contribute to this project. As we address the impacts of our activities on the environment, we welcome measures that will make it easier and safer for everyone to get to and from our town centre on foot or by bike.”
 
Works are expected to start in March 2020.
 
The scheme, estimated to cost around £229,000 will see Hampshire County Council implementing improvements including:
 
  • Resurfacing and widening Strides Lane footpath and installing new dropped kerbs;
  • Installations of traffic calming measures to create a gateway at the Market Place end of West Street;
  • Construction of an improved pedestrian crossing between the Furlong Shopping Centre and Ringwood Gateway/the town centre car parks;
  • Improvements to the pedestrian crossing adjacent to the Ringwood Meeting House.
Works to enable the closure of the West Street access to the A31 will be carried out later in the year or early in 2021, followed by reversal of the one-way traffic flow in Meeting House Lane.
 
Work on the Highways England A31 widening scheme is due to commence in Spring 2021.
 
For more information about the County Council’s Ringwood Town Centre improvement project, visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/ringwoodtownimprovements
 
For more information on Highways England’s A31 road widening scheme visit their web pages: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a31-ringwood-road-widening/