The scheme was given the go ahead by Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, at his recent decision day.
Councillor Humby said: “This project will make it easier for people to cycle or walk to Kings’ School by providing a shared use footway along Romsey Road between Stanmore Lane and Battery Hill, to connect into Kings’ School. We will also be upgrading the existing puffin crossing connecting Battery Hill to Kings Road to a toucan crossing. This upgrade will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross the busy Romsey Road to access Kings School.
“We’ve made a commitment at Hampshire County Council to reduce carbon emissions and these improvements will help us to continue to promote sustainable travel options, encouraging people to leave their cars at home and enable more pupils to walk or cycle, or use public transport, to get to school. This scheme will also have a positive impact on air quality in Winchester, to which we can all contribute even if when we don’t walk or cycle, by car-sharing or switching off idling car engines.”
Work on the £430,000 scheme, paid for by Community Infrastructure Levy funds and developer contributions, will take place during the school summer holidays, and should start in July and be completed by September 2020. Some advance preparation works, including tree clearance work, will take place later this month.
Councillor Humby continued: “As the scheme to encourage cycling and walking requires six trees, which are in poor condition, to be felled, we will be mitigating this, in agreement with Winchester City Council, by planting new trees nearby, including at Kilham Lane and the open green area north east of the Romsey Road / Battery Hill junction. I am confident that the net benefit of reducing carbon – both by planting new trees and providing good cycling and walking routes to reduce car journeys, is positive and reinforces the County Council’s commitment to focus on the environmental impact."
For more information visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/kingsschoolaccessimprovements