North Camp – Transport Improvements: Notice of temporary traffic changes in Farnborough

From Monday 3 July, Gordon Road will temporarily become two-way for traffic until the completion of the major highway improvement scheme that is currently underway in the North Camp area of Farnborough. Completion is scheduled for early 2024

Jun 30 2023

This is one element of a package of measures that will be in place from July and August to enable the completion of this £13 million project to significantly upgrade transport infrastructure in the area.  

Jackson Civil Engineering has been appointed by Hampshire County Council to deliver major improvements along the A3011 on Lynchford Road, the B3403 on Alexandra Road, and Old Lynchford Road. 

Works at Alexandra Road and Old Lynchford Road will be substantially completed during August 2023 and solid progress is being made on the other areas with the project scheduled for completion at the end of February 2024. Surfacing works on the new carriageway approaching the Park Road roundabout are almost complete, meaning traffic will soon switch onto this section and work can progress on the old northern carriageway. Hampshire County Council and Jackson Civil Engineering are very conscious of the impact these works are having on the area and are working closely to identify every opportunity to finish the works as soon as possible. 

Councillor Nick Adams-King, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Universal Services, said: “This is a major improvement scheme that will help to reduce congestion in the area, and deliver better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. 

“We appreciate that whilst construction is underway, there will be disruption and inconvenience, and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding over this time. 

“A reminder for anyone living in Farnborough or travelling through the town, that there is a fantastic range of independent shops in North Camp which remain open during the construction period and are keen to welcome customers. 

“We’ve worked closely with Rushmoor Borough Council to put in place a package of measures to support these local businesses for the duration of the work, including retaining free on-street parking on A3011 Lynchford Road, offering unlimited parking in nearby Napier Gardens car park, and one hour of free parking in the Peabody Road car park, which should be in place by early July. On Old Lynchford Road, parking meters have temporarily been removed and on-street parking charges will only resume when the works have been completed.

We are also working with our contractor to explore ways to extend the working hours on site to progress and complete the project as quickly as possible.”

A video promoting businesses in North Camp has been shared via social media and there is also an interactive map to assist visitors to the area to find the local car parks. 

The traffic changes in place from July and August are:

- From Monday 3 July, Gordon Road will temporarily become two-way to traffic until the completion of the scheme in early 2024. This is to enable access for delivery vehicles for local businesses as the work to widen the A3011 on Lynchford Road progresses, by switching from the southern end to the northern end. 

- In response to local concerns about high levels of traffic using Queens Road as an unofficial diversionary route, vehicular access from Park Road into Queens Road and Closeworth Road will be temporarily restricted while works on A3011 Lynchford Road continue. These measures will be in place until the completion of the scheme and affected residents have been notified.

- From early August, an additional temporary closure to the junction of Morris Road with Lynchford Road will be in place to install a new cycle and pedestrian crossing at this location. As part of these works, new kerbs, drainage, and road surfacing will be provided. This work will take approximately four weeks. 

- After the completion of the work on Morris Road, construction activity will move to the junction of Peabody Road with Lynchford Road. This work is currently expected to take place in September and will take about four weeks to complete.

For the most up to date information, visit the web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/farnboroughgrowthpackage 

Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council have been working together to ensure local businesses have as much support as possible throughout these major road improvement works.

This support includes:
Car parking - On 6 June 2023, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed to introduce free parking in Napier Gardens car park and a free one-hour period in Peabody Road car park for the duration of the works. This will be funded by Hampshire County Council. For more information visit Rushmoor Borough Council’s web pages: Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 6th June, 2023, 7.00 pm - Rushmoor Borough Council 

Business Rate Interruption Relief – On 6 June 2023, Rushmoor Borough Council agreed the introduction of a business rate relief scheme to support local businesses. For more information visit Rushmoor Borough Council’s web pages: Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 6th June, 2023, 7.00 pm - Rushmoor Borough Council

Promotional activity - A social media campaign featuring retailers of North Camp encouraging people to visit and shop is now live: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=830374775142134&ref=sharing 

Business Support
– Businesses in North Camp can access free support from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub. Their specialists can help businesses overcome challenges, increase customer reach and make the most out funding opportunities. More information can be found via this web link: Grow your Business | EM3 (enterprisem3.org.uk)

Road conditions – The road surface on Gordon Road is showing signs of deterioration and the County Council will now repair it. Gordon Road will be prioritised due to the upcoming traffic management to ensure it is resilient to an increase in traffic using the road when it becomes a two-way street. Surface repairs are due to take place on Sunday 2 July.

Queens Road/Peabody Road Junction – The changes to the temporary traffic management on Park Road scheduled for July are expected to ease traffic - especially at busy morning times at the Queens Road/Peabody Road. Traffic levels will levels will be closely monitored. 

Reducing HGV traffic along Queens Road – The County Council has been in touch with companies in the area that use HGV vehicles to highlight that Queens Road is not an appropriate through-route and requesting that drivers always adhere to the 20mph speed limit. A second electronic Speed Indicator Device has been installed on Queens Road as a visual reminder for drivers.

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership identified Farnborough as one of its 'growth towns' and allocated £6.472 million of Local Growth Fund to the County Council, for transport improvements on A3011 Lynchford Road. Bus priority improvements in the area have been allocated £1.2 million. This was added to the £2 million of developer contributions, and Department for Transport funding from its Active Travel Fund, giving a total package of £12.836 million for highways improvements make walking and cycling easier and more appealing, and enable bus passengers to enjoy faster, more reliable journey times.