Getting Hampshire moving - Improvements on Bursledon to Southampton cycle route completed

Improvements to a key walking and cycle route between Eastleigh and Southampton have been completed by Hampshire County Council

Mar 16 2023

The scheme connects Bursledon Road to Southampton City Council’s Cycle Network “SCN” route 3

Councillor Nick Adams-King, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Universal Services, said: “I am pleased that work on this route has been completed. The aim was always to improve walking and cycling facilities for local people, employees of local businesses and commuters travelling between Southampton and the Eastleigh area of Hampshire and visa-versa, and the scheme has delivered on that objective.

“The scheme is in line with the Government’s ambition for more active ways of travelling and we want to improve local 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 shorter journeys.”

This scheme, on the southern side of Bursledon Road between Windhover roundabout and Botley Road, has enhanced the cycling link along the A3024, repositioned streetlights and upgraded signage on the route.

Councillor Eamonn Keogh, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and District Regeneration added: “We are really pleased that the cycle link improvements to Bursledon Road have been completed. The improvements to the SCN3 route will connect Southampton City Centre with the surrounding areas including Bitterne and Bursledon. We are confident that this will encourage more people to travel by bike leading to lower levels of congestion on this key route into Southampton.”

Improvements to this route were funded by money from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

Hampshire County Council has worked collaboratively with Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and Isle of Wight Council and was successful in securing funding from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund. 

In partnership with Southampton City Council, funding of £57million was secured, with 12 schemes totalling £18.895million being delivered by Hampshire County Council.

In partnership with Portsmouth City Council and Isle of Wight Council, funding of £56 million was secured, with nine schemes totalling £22.316million being delivered by Hampshire County Council.

Both of the Transforming Cities Fund programmes that are currently underway align to the objectives of Hampshire County Council to support the promotion of walking, cycling and the use of public transport, improve air quality and help to reduce carbon emissions in line with our climate change strategy. They also align with the emerging Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4) contributing towards a carbon neutral, resilient Hampshire including encouraging fewer vehicles on Hampshire’s roads. 

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