County Council considers increased budget for roads, transport and environmental investment

Hampshire County Council is to be asked to approve an increased 2021-22 capital programme of investment in countywide highways maintenance, road safety, transport improvements, flood alleviation, waste management, and bridge strengthening, as well as economic development and town centre improvements

Jan 28 2022

After consideration of the latest Capital Programme progress report, the Executive Lead Member for Economy Transport and Environment, Councillor Rob Humby, agreed on 27 January 2022 to recommend to Cabinet on 8 February, with a final decision on 17 February to be made by Full Council, a revised capital budget of £112.885 million for the 2021-22 financial year.

Councillor Humby commented: “It is a tribute to the careful financial stewardship of the County Council that we have been able to maintain such a high level of investment in infrastructure and services for Hampshire’s residents, given the challenges we face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – rising inflation, material and skilled labour shortages.  I recognise that while the County Council has been able to agree £7 million additional financial support for highways maintenance, the multi-million pound level of expenditure highlighted in this report has also benefited from the Department’s success in securing funding from external sources and the generation of income through the provision of professional services to other businesses, as well as careful and prudent financial management.”

He added: “With this programme and across the services delivered by this department, I am delighted to see that we are able to continue to build for the future sustainably and to construct schemes that will deliver on Hampshire’s climate change targets to be Carbon Neutral by 2050 and resilient to a two-degrees rise in temperature – particularly as we have declared 2022 our ‘Year of Resilience’.”

Planning continues for the next generation of waste infrastructure to support the county’s ability to recycle of a wider range of materials. As part of the capital programme of work is the continued development of a plan for a new materials recovery facility in Eastleigh.  

The proposed programme and appendices highlight an Integrated Transport Programme of over £100 million in value.  

Local schemes to enable people to walk and cycle more for local journeys represent an £11.3 million investment.  Funding to replace aging infrastructure is also earmarked including £13.82 million for the third phase of work to refurbish the Redbridge Causeway - four bridges which carry the A35 dual carriageway over the River Test – and more than £3.2 million for upgrading streetlighting with LED lanterns.  Furthermore, over £2.2 million is being recommended for safety schemes, including casualty reduction improvements.

In addition to a proposed £380,000 contribution to Hart District Council to support the Kingsway Flood Alleviation Scheme, £212,000 has been identified for flood and coastal defence management.

Among the highways and transport schemes underway, and those set to start in 2022-23, in the district and borough areas across Hampshire are:

Basingstoke and Deane
- Brighton Hill roundabout improvements
- Basingstoke Town Centre Improvements
- Buckskin Flood Alleviation

East Hampshire
- Oakhanger Road and Station Road improvements, Whitehill and Bordon 
- Four Marks Five Lane Junction (drainage improvements)
- Farringdon and Chawton Flood Alleviation

Eastleigh
- Botley Bypass construction
- Fair Oak and West End Village improvements
- Twyford Road accessibility improvements
- Hamble Lane improvements

Fareham and Gosport
- Stubbington Bypass construction
- Highlands Road, Fareham (pedestrian improvements)

Hart and Rushmoor
- Hartford Bridge Flats (junction improvements)
- Lynchford Road improvements 

Havant
- Petersfield Road cycle and pedestrian improvements
- Park Road South improvements and Elmleigh Road improvements

New Forest
- Junction Road, Totton Bus Priority Improvements
- Holmsley Bridge Replacement
- A35 Redbridge Causeway (viaduct) Refurbishment
- Marchwood Bypass

Test Valley
- B3400 Andover Down Pedestrian Improvements
- Romsey Flood Alleviation Scheme

Winchester

- Stockbridge Road Active Travel Improvements
- Worthy Down Active Travel Improvements
- Romsey Road (Clifton Terrace) Phase 2 (junction improvements)



2022 – Hampshire County Council’s Year of Climate Resilience

The County Council set a target for climate resilience acknowledging the significant impact of climate change on our communities, our infrastructure, and the services we deliver. Climate resilience is crucial and rising temperatures, increased flooding and more extreme weather events have already been felt in Hampshire. In recognition of the importance of building resilience, the County Council has declared 2022 the “Year of Climate Resilience”. This presents an opportunity for the County Council to increase awareness of the importance of resilience, promote our unique approach and the actions we are taking to build resilience, and to develop some showcase projects in partnership with key stakeholders. More information can be found on the Council’s Climate Change website: Responding to climate change | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)