Autumn start for improvements to A27 Cams Hill in Fareham

Residents in Fareham are set to benefit from more reliable journey times and improved walking and cycling routes as work starts this autumn to upgrade the busy A27 Cams Hill area

Sep 28 2023

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Hampshire County Council’s contractor, Mildren Construction Ltd, will be on site from early October to start work on this £10 million scheme, which includes the delivery of a dedicated bus lane to speed up bus journey times between Portsmouth and Fareham, and to increase service reliability. Walking and cycling routes will also be upgraded, including the crossing points and the creation of a segregated dual direction cycle way outside Cams Hill Secondary School. 

The scheme is expected to be completed by the autumn 2024.

Councillor Nick Adams-King, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Universal Services, said: “Once the scheme is complete, it will be easier for people to use public transport, cycle or walk for local journeys. This has advantages in reducing the volume of traffic on local roads thereby contributing to lower carbon emissions and encourages more active travel – both of which have health benefits. Walkers and cyclists, including pupils at the nearby Cams Hill Secondary School, will also benefit from upgrades to the existing routes. 
“Delivering a scheme of this scale will have significant benefits to the local community but will inevitably involve some short term disruption - I would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding whilst these important improvement works are underway.”

The overall scheme includes:

The provision of a bus lane and bus priority signals on the westbound Cams Hill arm of the Delme roundabout;
The provision of a two-way segregated cycle-track next to the westbound carriageway;
Improvements to the footways to create a shared use path between St Catherines and Downend Road.
The conversion of all existing crossings to include facilities for cyclists. 

At the start of October site clearance works will begin between Cams Hall and the intersections of Downend Road and Shearwater Avenue. During the works both east and westbound directions will be operating as a single lane between the Delme Roundabout and the junction with Downend Road and Shearwater Avenue while the removal of the central reservation takes place.

The traffic management measures will be reduced during the busier Christmas period.

This scheme is part of a strategy for improving bus journey times along this corridor, linking into improvements being implemented by Portsmouth City Council as part of their South East Hampshire Rapid Transit programme

Hampshire County Council’s Portchester bus improvement scheme, delivered in December 2022, is on the same bus route and saw the installation of traffic signals at the Portchester precinct bus stop and at the roundabout, which are programmed to give bus services priority when exiting the bus lane, speeding up bus journey times between Fareham and Portsmouth. The scheme was combined with resurfacing works at Castle Hill roundabout, completed by Hampshire Highways.

Further information and scheme updates visit the scheme web page: 
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfa27delmeroundabout 

Funding

Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Isle of Wight Council jointly secured nearly £57 million from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund to support 23 schemes that will improve the way people travel around South-East Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight - either on foot, by bicycle or bus. 

In South-East Hampshire, nine schemes totalling £22.316 million will be delivered by Hampshire County Council.

For more information visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfportsmouth