Further transport improvements underway to improve commuting in South Hampshire

A raft of transport improvements to help ease congestion and improve air quality in South Hampshire by encouraging more people to travel in and around the cities along rapid bus corridors, or by walking or cycling, are set to benefit from a share of national funding

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Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, today (4 June 2019) approved a proposed list of further transport schemes to be put forward as part of the second phase of the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.  Schemes totalling nearly £10million are already underway in South Hampshire.

Councillor Humby said: “With the first phase of this funding, and by working with our partners at Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils, we’ve already got a number of schemes being rolled out to improve how people travel to work in and around South Hampshire. This significant investment in transport infrastructure will be hugely beneficial to those who live and work in the area, improving quality of life and levels of productivity – it is a huge boost to the economic prospects of South Hampshire.”

So far, funding made available from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund has been earmarked for:

  • enhancing the Eclipse busway extension by retaining Rowner Bridge as part of the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit network to better connect communities in Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight with Portsmouth;
  • deploying real time bus information at bus stops in Havant and Waterlooville to make travel easier and encourage more people to try travelling by bus;
  • developing three cycle corridors between Chandlers Ford, the New Forest and Southampton to complete the Southampton Cycle Network (SCN)1 Western Cycle Freeway;
  • a new off–road shared use Cycleway/Footway along Hut Hill, linking Chandlers Ford with Chilworth;
  • improving the Totton/Eling to Redbridge shared use path, a part of the Southampton Cycle Network (SCN)1 Western Cycle Freeway;
  • a continuous cycle link at Test Lane, linking Adanac Park, Nursling Industrial estates and Romsey.

Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Place at Southampton City Council, said: “Our teams have been working hard with our partners in Hampshire to make the case for investment in Southampton and the surrounding areas on the national stage. This first round of funding will allow us to accelerate our plans to build towards a sustainable and successful future for the city and improve transport links to nearby areas. We will be using it to accelerate the great work we are already delivering on building the Southampton Cycle Network and on improving bus journey times on the eastern approach to the city.”  

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport, said. "We are delighted to be in the running for a share of the Department for Transport's Transforming Cities Fund. Portsmouth attracts people from across South East Hampshire for work, education and leisure so it is essential we have a public-transport network that serves their needs, and contributes to our commitment to improve air quality. These are exciting times for the area, and it is pleasing to see so many schemes are already underway. It demonstrates our commitment to significantly improving public transport in Portsmouth and our neighbouring towns."

In 2018, the County Council joined forces with both Southampton City Council and Portsmouth City Council to bid for a share of national funding to put in place viable and attractive alternatives to travelling by car to work for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers.  Both joint bids were successful, and were two of only ten areas in the country set to benefit from a share of a £840m national funding pot.

Suggested schemes will now be put forward for the next phase, working with the city councils and the Department for Transport.

Read the full report at: http://democracy.hants.gov.uk/documents/s34319/Report.pdf

Further information on the Transforming Cities Fund is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/strategies/fundingbids