Working in partnership on transport, to support Hampshire residents to sustain healthier lifestyles and reduce carbon emissions

Hampshire County Council is working in partnership with Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils and Isle of Wight Council to improve walking, cycling and public transport provision across the region

Nov 19 2020

The County Council and its partners submitted successful bids to the Department of Transport Transforming Cities Fund. As part of the March budget announcement the Government allocated £57 million to the Southampton area and in September the Government announced just under £56 million had been allocated to the Portsmouth area.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “These successful bids show what can be achieved through dedicated partnership working and builds on our ambitions to support our area’s greener economic recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak, linking transport and housing developments, helping to reduce congestion, and improve air quality. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we travel. This is a critical time to make changes to our High Streets and road network  to support a prosperous, healthy and green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, making it easier for people to sustain healthier lifestyles, while helping to meet the County Council’s targets in our Climate Change Strategy to reduce carbon emissions. In combination, the bids for Transforming Cities Fund have yielded in excess of £35 million on measures to support sustainable growth and travel in south Hampshire, and through partnership working have brought in well in excess of £100 million investment to the wider Solent area.”

Southampton City Region

The £57 million investment will support plans to improve walking, cycling and public transport options along three major travel routes between Southampton and the Waterside (from Totton down to Holbury), Eastleigh and Bursledon. Over the next three years, this investment will deliver rapid bus corridors using smart technology and priority lanes; accelerate the development of the Southampton Cycle Network to areas around the city, create Active Travel Zones to encourage cycling and walking, and develop a Park & Ride (to serve Southampton Hospital during the weekdays). The proposals include Local Mobility Hubs, places where walking, cycling and public transport options come together, in Eastleigh town centre and Southampton Airport Parkway.

Together with the £5.7 million received from Transforming Cities Funds, awarded in January 2019, Southampton and the area around the city will have seen a transport investment of £75.9 million by 2023.

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Portsmouth City Region

In the Portsmouth area, work has now commenced on the main contract for the Enhanced Eclipse Busway Extension to Rowner Road, which has benefited from Transforming Cities Fund awarded in January 2019.  Work has also continued with the installation of real-time information for bus passengers at bus stops in Havant and Waterlooville. 

The allocation of nearly £56 million of Transforming Cities Funds for the Portsmouth area provides for £19.6 million investment in Hampshire, with Hampshire County Council delivering 10 schemes to improve journey times for bus passengers and provide enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in the boroughs of Fareham, Gosport and Havant. These will focus on improving access to the town centres and transport hubs from the surrounding local communities and improving bus and cycle corridors linking the town centres to Portsmouth city centre. The measures include new bus and taxi facilities at the Gosport Ferry Terminal. 

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