Winchester Movement Strategy

Reduce city centre traffic, support healthier lifestyle choices and invest in infrastructure to support sustainable growth

Last update: June 2022

Scheme overview

The Winchester Movement Strategy (WMS) was adopted by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council in spring 2019, following an extensive process of engagement and public consultation in 2018.  

Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council want to remove constraints to travel and transport around Winchester to enable growth and make the city a healthier and more accessible place to live, work and visit.  We need a widely supported strategy, based on strong evidence, which clearly demonstrates realistic, safe and affordable priorities. This will help us to identify initiatives to improve movement across the city of Winchester and put us in the best position to prepare strong business cases to bid for future funding.

It identifies these three priorities:

  • Reduce city centre traffic;
  • Support healthier lifestyle choices;
  • Invest in infrastructure to support sustainable growth.

Following adoption, the two councils have been undertaking feasibility work, through which a set of ten proposed “next steps” schemes have been identified. This work also included the preparation of a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for the city. This has involved engagement with businesses and with cycling and walking stakeholders.

A feedback survey carried out in 2018 sought to understand people’s views on the then emerging Winchester Movement Strategy and provided an opportunity for suggestions on alternative approaches. The 2018 survey results indicated that the Movement Strategy should aim to:

  • Ensure a more integrated approach to transport/ land-use planning;
  • Increase park and ride capacity;
  • Introduce measures to help manage traffic demand;
  • Implement bus priority measures on key routes into the City Centre;
  • Reallocate road space to improve pedestrian/ cyclist provision;
  • Enhance the quality of streets and the public realm in the City Centre;
  • Improve management of deliveries to the City Centre.

Since 2018, we have been investigating the options and feasibility of delivering these potential improvements and identifying how much each would cost to deliver.

Summary reports of the feasibility work can be found here:

Phase 1 Summary Report
Phase 2 Summary Report

The Coronavirus pandemic has accelerated changes to how people travel to work, shops and for leisure activities. This has significantly altered everyday journey patterns.

What has been delivered since 2018 and what improvements are happening?

Completed schemes;

  • New zebra crossing on Wales Street 
  • Walking and cycling improvements on Romsey Road 
  • New pedestrian and cycle route to Winchester Sports and Leisure Park at Bar End 
  • Great Minster St/The Square closed to through traffic
Schemes underway or committed to be delivered;
  • Additional 287 Park & Ride spaces under construction north of Barfield P&R
  • Site of Upper Brook Street car park (58 spaces) being redeveloped 
  • Active Travel Fund improvements planned in early 2022 on Parchment Street, the top end of the High Street and Jewry Street to improve provision for pedestrians and cycles
  • New puffin crossing on Romsey Road by Clifton Terrace (18-month trial)
  • New puffin crossing on Andover Road to improve access to Kings Barton 
  • New pedestrian access from west side of Winchester railway station to the north side of Stockbridge Road improving pedestrian links to Peter Symonds College
City of Winchester Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

The City of Winchester Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is one a series of technical studies that have been developed as part of the Winchester Movement Strategy – which focusses on the built-up urban area of Winchester.

The LCWIP sets out a proposed network of 13 walking routes and 9 cycling corridors where improvements are to be delivered within the city over the next decade or so, and six proposed improvements that have been prioritised for delivery. It also summarises where the main trip generators are within Winchester, and sets out data about current travel behaviour in the city and where existing cycling and walking infrastructure is located, as well as factors like topography and the likelihood of different routes to be used for cycling.

Your views on the proposed network of 13 walking routes and 9 cycle routes are welcomed.

A district wide LCWIP covering the remainder of the Winchester City Council area is going to be prepared during 2022.

Information about the City of Winchester LCWIP in the following reports:

Feedback Survey Results

The report summarises key findings from the feedback survey which took place from 6 December 2021 to 11 February 2021. This was an opportunity for local residents and businesses to provide their views on the strategy and draft LCWIP Plans

information packs are still available to read; 

Winchester Movement Strategy

Winchester Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP)

Contact us
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle

SO23 8UD