Residents, businesses and commuters are invited to have their say on proposed bus priority improvements to the Ladybridge Roundabout in Waterlooville.
To gather feedback, Hampshire County Council has launched a survey (22 July) which will be online for six weeks: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfladybridgebusmeasureimprovements
Anyone who does not use the internet can request a paper copy by calling 0300 555 1388.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and the Environment, said: “These are exciting proposals. We want to improve facilities and networks for bus users as well as encourage more people to leave the car at home and use public transport, cycle, or walk, for their local journeys. We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible so I’d encourage them to take the opportunity to complete the survey.”
This proposed scheme would help to improve the reliability of bus journey times on the Horndean to Cosham corridor, particularly along the section of the A3 London Road around Purbrook.
The proposed scheme includes:
• The introduction of a new northbound bus gate (bus lane with traffic signals) on the approach to the roundabout - to give priority to buses;
• Bus detection technology to allow the buses to bypass traffic queues;
• Making provision for cyclists to use the bus lane;
• Upgrading of the existing southbound bus gate and cycle bypass located approximately 570m to the north of Ladybridge Roundabout.
Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Isle of Wight Council have jointly secured nearly £56 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund for new infrastructure to improve the way people travel around South-East Hampshire and on the Island - either on foot, by bicycle or bus.
This funding will enable the County Council to deliver local transport schemes, totalling £19.6 million, by the end of 2023 in eight locations in the Havant, Fareham and Gosport areas.
This most recent Transforming Cities Fund allocation follows a previous award of £4m from the Fund which, in Hampshire, has been used towards delivering real-time travel information for passengers at bus stops in and around Havant and Waterlooville and a scheme to extend the Eclipse busway to Rowner Road in Gosport.
Cllr Humby added: “This is a significant level of transport funding that will help us provide the infrastructure to transform people’s journeys whether they cycle, walk or travel by bus. It also supports our commitment to tackling climate change, contributing to our target to be carbon neutral by 2050 and resilient to a 2 degrees rise in temperature. As we develop our plans, we will continue to seek the views of local residents, businesses and other interested parties, through public engagement activities.”