New footway and cycleway proposed for East Hampshire

The Whitehill and Bordon Relief Road is in line for a new section of shared-use footway and cycleway

Jun 25 2020

The proposal is due to come before Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, at his Decision Day on Thursday 2 July.

Cllr Humby said: “These proposals would see a new pedestrian and cycle facility on the eastern side of the Whitehill and Bordon Relief Road (A325) between Junction 2 and Junction 3. 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 aim is to integrate the new development areas with the existing town and are designed to encourage people to walk and cycle more for local journeys.”

The scheme has an estimated cost of £696,000 to be funded by the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The new footway and cycleway would be approximately 1 kilometre in length and 3 metres in width throughout, linking Junction 2 and 3 (Oakhanger Road to the Town Centre Link Road) along the east side highway verge. Work would also include associated landscaping, additional streetlighting where necessary and tie-in with the existing crossing facilities at the junctions each end.

The A325 Whitehill & Bordon Relief Road was completed by Hampshire County Council and opened in January 2019. The road is a four kilometre two-way single carriageway, the majority of which has a 40 mph speed limit.

Much of the route already has a shared-use footway and cycleway running adjacent to the carriageway, however there is currently no off-road pedestrian/cycle provision between Junctions 2 and 3 because a suitable pedestrian facility is included in the masterplan of the adjacent Prince Philip Park development. However, the redevelopment of this part of the Prince Philip Park site has been delayed, therefore the County Council is proposing to provide this final section of shared footway/cycleway in the highway verge of the Relief Road.

For more information on the proposals visit: https://democracy.hants.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=706&MId=6419

For more information about Whitehill and Bordon Transport schemes visit the web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/whitehillbordontrafficandtransport