At his recent decision day, Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment gave approval for the projects and said: “These plans are in line with the Government’s ambition for more active ways of travelling, we want to improve facilities and networks to enable this and encourage more people to leave the car at home and use public transport, cycle, or walk for their local journeys.
Gosport Bus Interchange
The Gosport Bus Interchange Scheme centres around constructing a new site for the bus station, enhancing a key interchange facility connecting services with those at the ferry terminal and the high-quality Eclipse bus rapid transit services.
Hampshire County has worked closely with Gosport Borough Council, who are supporting the project financially, and the Interchange will be an important step in delivering improvements in the area which form part of wider longer-term aspirations for the area.
The scheme has been the subject of a recent planning application and is due to be considered by Hampshire County Council’s Regulatory Committee later this month.
The Elmleigh Road scheme will improve walking and cycling facilities between between Havant and South Downs College and National Cycle Network Route 22 (NCN22). The aim is to provide direct, safe, and continuous access between the town centre, college, as well as connect the rail and bus stations for access to wider public transport options in the region.
Both schemes will be funded by the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund for new infrastructure to improve the way people travel around South-East Hampshire and on the Island - either on foot, by bicycle or bus.
Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Isle of Wight Council jointly secured nearly £56 million from the Fund to support 23 schemes that will create or upgrade walking and cycling routes and bus infrastructure.
The schemes aim to provide better connectivity and improved journey times for bus passengers and safer walking and cycling routes for residents for their local journeys.
More information about each of the schemes can be found on the County Council’s website: