Hampshire County Council has been working on alternative plans for the outstanding section of the Eclipse Busway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme in Gosport and Fareham which will see a 1km busway extension to the existing route from the Tichborne Way / Hutfield Link south to form a new junction with Rowner Road, maintaining the existing shared use footway / cycleway from Hutfield Link to Rowner Road.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: "Following feedback from the local community, and Caroline Dinenage, the local MP, we’ve been investigating the potential for an alternative design for the next phase of the Eclipse Busway extension in Gosport which would retain Rowner Bridge, and so I’m delighted that this will be one of the first things we will be able to do with the initial tranche of funding from our successful Transforming Cities Bid with Portsmouth City Council.
"We have made a commitment to the people of South Hampshire to improve traffic and travel in the wider area. The benefits of the capital investment to improve transport for all those who commute every day between Gosport and Fareham will have a huge and positive impact on quality of life."
Hampshire County Council supported bids from both Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council to improve transport infrastructure in South Hampshire, both of which were successful in securing Government funding.
£5.7 million has been awarded to develop the proposal for a South East Hampshire Rapid Transit (SEHRT) network, with £1.4 million going towards the extension of the Gosport Eclipse Busway. Improving bus-based rapid transit on corridors into the city centre from Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and Cosham. The money will also be used to improve bus interchanges with other forms of public transport, including at Gosport ferry terminal, The Hard, Clarence Pier, and at Ryde Esplanade, Isle of Wight.
A planning application for the southern extension of the Eclipse Busway has been submitted for a revised junction arrangement for the connection of the new route at Rowner Road which is due to be determined later this Spring.
Once complete, the Eclipse service operator First Hampshire and Dorset will invest in a new fleet high specification, low-emission buses and introduce a new Eclipse Extra service to the nearby Daedalus Enterprise Zone.
The renewal of the bus fleet will also reduce emissions to help address known air quality issues in the Fareham Air Quality Management Area.
For more information about this scheme visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/brtphaseII