Temporary road closure in Basingstoke to be lifted

A temporary road closure in Basingstoke, put in place to allow more space for social distancing by those walking and cycling to support the reopening of high streets after the Coronavirus outbreak, is to be removed following monitoring and public feedback

Jul 22 2020

The closure of part of Chapel Hill Road was put in place around four weeks ago to give cyclists and pedestrians more space when travelling under the railway bridge where footways are narrow.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We have listened to feedback from the public and local businesses and after a review of the temporary scheme, it was clear it is not supported by local people and is not working effectively.
“The idea behind these “pop up” schemes we’re putting in place across Hampshire is to help safe social distancing for those walking and cycling, supporting local businesses as we move into a stabilisation phase after lockdown by giving people the confidence to return to the high street.
“The schemes are experimental, and of necessity, we’ve therefore put them in quickly; if they’re not effective for whatever reason, or are not supported by the local community they are designed to help, then they will come out and we will concentrate on other measures that are proving to be more effective.”

The Chapel Hill road closure is due to be removed by the end of this week.

For more information about Hampshire County Council’s Covid travel measures visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/hantscovidtravel