At his recent decision day, Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment gave approval for the projects proposed for locations in the Eastleigh Borough and New Forest District council areas. The schemes aim to improve connections and provide sustainable transport routes into and out of Southampton city centre.
The County Council, in partnership with Southampton City Council, submitted a successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund for £57 million which, together with developer contributions, will pay for these schemes.
Cllr Humby said: “This successful bid shows what can be achieved through dedicated partnership working and builds on our ambitions to support our county’s greener economic recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak, linking transport and housing developments, helping to reduce congestion, and improve air quality. In combination, the bids for Transforming Cities Fund have yielded in excess of £35 million on measures to support sustainable growth and travel in south Hampshire, and through partnership working have brought in well in excess of £100 million investment to the wider Solent area.
“I am grateful for the valuable feedback provided by the public as part of the public consultation exercise that took place over the summer on these schemes. We have listened to what people have had to say, and in some cases, adjusted scheme designs as a result - for example the Bishopstoke Road Bus Scheme, will now allow a left turn out of Riverside onto Fair Oak Road after listening carefully to feedback on original proposals which looked to prohibit these traffic movements.
“Additionally, we are very conscious of the local environmental impact of these projects and have redesigned the original scheme at Rushington Roundabout to protect and retain trees on the roundabout and will be replanting hedgerow and trees at the Bishopstoke Road scheme to provide a ‘net’ gain.”
The following schemes represent a total investment of almost £13.2 million:
• Eastleigh Town Cycle Route
• Bishopstoke Road Bus Scheme
• Marchwood Bypass Bus Scheme
• Rushington Roundabout Bus Scheme
• Junction Road Totton Bus Scheme
• Bursledon Road Cycle Scheme
• A27 Providence Hill Cycle Scheme
The decision day papers can be found on the County Council’s web pages: https://democracy.hants.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=773&MId=8467
For more information about the South West Hampshire Transforming Cities Fund schemes visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfsouthampton
For more information about the County Council’s “Year of Climate Resilience”, visit: the Council’s Climate Change website: Responding to climate change | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)