The £500,000 scheme is part of a package of schemes in Whitehill & Bordon to encourage walking and cycling, and will help contribute to the vision of a green, healthy and connected town.
Cllr Humby said: “This scheme is part of a range of travel and transport improvements to support the successful regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon into a green, healthy and connected town. The improvements, which will integrate the new development areas with the existing town, are designed to encourage people to continue to walk and cycle more for local journeys. This forms part of the Green Grid Green Loop which aims to provide new, and enhance existing, footpaths and cycle ways around the town.”
Cllr Phillip Davies, East Hampshire District Council’s Assistant Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “One of the central aims of our town’s regeneration is to encourage people to get around town without relying on their cars. The Green Grid and Green Loop is vital for this. These are major improvements that will support our town’s ambition and better link some of our town’s key locations. I am delighted to see this approved.”
This junction improvement will provide cycle and pedestrian crossing facilities for people using the existing shared use cycle routes on C114 High Street and Woolmer Way as alternative to the car for short local journeys to work, local services or school.
The scheme will include:
• Improvements to the existing C114 High Street / Woolmer Way traffic signal junction including upgrading of existing pedestrian crossings to toucan crossings;
• A new additional crossing at the northern arm of the signalised junction;
• Widened footways and increased splitter islands to cater for cyclists;
• Dropped crossing upgrades and drainage;
• Removal of the left-turn filter lane on the southbound approach to create an adequate width of shared use path to enable cyclists from the Chalet Hill direction to exit the carriageway and for cyclists to cross the junction with minimal impact on traffic movements; and
• Removal of the crossing island in Woolmer Way, eastbound approach, due to the narrowing of the junction to cater for the widened cycle facility. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to cross within the signal junction phasing.
The scheme is due to start on site in Spring 2021 and is funded by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and developer contributions.
For more information visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/woolmerwayjunctionimprovements