Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has changed travel patterns and behaviour, and many people are cycling and walking more. This is a critical time to consider changes to our roads to support a prosperous, healthy and green recovery from Covid-19 - making it easier for people to sustain healthier lifestyles, whilst supporting local businesses, and helping to meet the County Council’s carbon reduction targets as part of our Climate Change Strategy.”
The proposals would see continuous footways created along the A27 in Park Gate and Portchester by raising part of the side road to facilitate a level crossing for pedestrians and, where feasible, cyclists. ’Give Way’ lining could also be provided before the crossing to give pedestrians priority.
The aim of the scheme is to make walking and cycling easier and safer along the A27 by giving pedestrians and cyclists priority over the traffic. These proposals are being considered as a first step in a longer term aim to improve the attractiveness of walking and cycling in the area through the provision of high standard pedestrian and cycle facilities along the A27.
The proposed schemes being consulted would be for the following junctions:
• Allotment Road in Park Gate
• Addison Road in Park Gate
• Birdwood Grove in Portchester
• Beaulieu Avenue in Portchester
• Nelson Avenue in Portchester
• Westlands Grove in Portchester
An online survey has been made available seeking your views on the plans, so these can be considered in the development of the scheme.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be available online for a four-week period from noon on Monday 22 February until just before midnight on Sunday 21 March 2021.
Please access the survey and the accompanying information from 22nd February via this link: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/atfa27footwayimprovements
Those who require a paper copy of the survey are asked to contact: 0370 779 7200.
Councillor Humby continued: “While I’m pleased at how quickly we were able to respond in the summer to secure funding from the Government’s first Emergency Active Travel Fund and install initiatives to support the local economy and protect public health following the first Coronavirus lockdown, the conditions for this second tranche of funding means we have more time to consult with communities and incorporate feedback into the development of our schemes, or review whether to proceed with the projects, if the consultation indicates a lack of public support. I would therefore encourage people to have their say on these ideas now, to ensure we have a good measure of local opinion.”
The schemes, if implemented, will be funded through Hampshire County Council’s successful bid to the Government’s Active Travel Fund, amounting to £3.28 million awarded for a range of measures across Hampshire to create better spaces for walking and cycling in local communities.
The County Council would like to install measures that the community will support and will use. Therefore, feedback from the public is vital, particularly during the planning stages that we are now in.