£3.45 million bid to support Hampshire’s green recovery

A bid to Government for a further £3.45 million has been submitted by Hampshire County Council to deliver a range of schemes to help redesign some of our roads and high streets to support social distancing, assist economic recovery and support people who want to continue walking and cycling more

Aug 10 2020

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “Hampshire County Council submitted a successful bid earlier in the year for £863,000 for temporary pop-up measures to help people socially distance more easily.  We have listened to feedback from residents and worked in partnership with, Town Councils, Parishes, and Borough and District Council colleagues to develop plans to change our towns and high streets and implement new schemes which encourage active travel such as walking and cycling.  
“The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we travel. Evidence indicates we are travelling more locally and cycling and walking more.  We are making significantly fewer work journeys. This is a critical time to make changes to our high streets and roads to support a prosperous, healthy and green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The projects that have been prioritised and included in the funding bid are:

Improvements to high streets – this includes the centres of Aldershot in Rushmoor, Romsey in Test Valley, Brockenhurst in the New Forest, Petersfield in East Hampshire, Stubbington in Fareham, Eastleigh and Winchester to allocate more space to walking and cycling as well as funding to make some of the temporary pop-up schemes more permanent, (subject to favourable ongoing local consultation). These schemes will help to support recovery of these town centres and will be advanced in close liaison with the appropriate Local Authorities and interested parties; 

New cycle routes – these include proposals for a new segregated cycleway on Brighton Way, Basingstoke, footway widening and traffic management on Old Lynchford Road and Camp Road in North Camp, Farnborough, and improvements to walking and cycling routes that connect to bus stops on the Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit corridor between Fareham and Gosport;

Transforming neighbourhoods – Proposals include a kit of moveable planters and temporary street furniture including replacing parking spaces with seating, greenery or bike racks which would be deployed for trial periods at different locations where the community want to see low traffic neighbourhoods introduced, measures for schools that support more active travel;

Strategic cycle corridor - to deliver side road crossing improvements to encourage walking and cycling along the A27 corridor between Fareham and Portchester including raised crossings, to slow traffic down, as the first stage of a more comprehensive package of improvements on this corridor;

Maintaining and monitoring impact of the new schemes
– funding to help maintain any new schemes implemented and to enable the County Council to undertake monitoring and evaluation of their impact. 

The outcome of the bid to the Emergency Active Travel Fund is expected to be announced by the Government in early autumn.

For more information about the bid visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/strategies/fundingbids

For more information about the range of temporary changes being made across the county support social distancing, assist economic recovery and support people who want to continue walking and cycling more, visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/hantscovidtravel