Hamble Lane Improvements

Hampshire County Council is currently developing proposals to improve people’s journeys in and out of Hamble

Last update: February 2020

Scheme overview

The County Council wants to improve the A3025 / B3397 Hamble Lane, focusing on highway capacity and non-motorised user improvements to the northern section between Windhover Roundabout and the Portsmouth Road junction; complementary junction capacity improvements on the wider network; improvements to pedestrian and cycle provision between Hamble Rail Station and Hamble village; and improved facilities at Hamble Rail Station. At peak times, junctions on Hamble Lane are at maximum capacity, which can cause severe journey time delays for residents and commuters.

The area covered by the scheme is shown on this plan.

Latest Update

Following the approval of a report (agenda item 13) by the County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport (EMET) in March 2019, the County Council remains committed to delivering these improvements and is actively pursuing funding opportunities for the different elements of the scheme, as follows:

  • Schemes for improved facilities at Hamble Rail Station and to improve the pedestrian and cycle provision between the Rail Station and Hamble village have recently been developed, in support of a funding bid to the Southampton Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). The strategic business case for the large package of Southampton TCF schemes was submitted to the DfT at the end of November 2019 and we expect to hear by the end of March 2020 whether or not the County Council have been successful. Note that there are a large number of individual schemes making up the overall package being submitted and it is possible that only some of the schemes will be funded by Government.
  • The County Council is still pursuing funding opportunities for highway capacity and non-motorised user improvements to the northern section of Hamble Lane, between Windhover roundabout and Portsmouth Road. To this end an initial ‘Expression of Interest’ (EoI) was submitted in January 2020 for funding from the DfT Local Pinch Point fund. The scheme appears to be a very good fit for the eligibility criteria of this fund, but it is a competitive process with a very limited pot, so there are no guarantees at this stage.  Until sufficient funding for this scheme is confirmed it cannot be progressed any further, as the next stage will involve detailed design and commencement of the land acquisition process, so the scheme is therefore effectively on-hold.
The March 2019 EMET report approved the preferred scheme that was presented during the public consultation in September/October 2018, but with some modifications to the design and presented a flexible priority for delivering different elements of the preferred scheme. The EMET report also included a full report of the findings of the second public consultation, which can also be accessed separately here.
Background Information

First public consultation

The first public consultation closed on 7 January 2018. A total of 673 individual responses were received. A full report detailing the outcomes from the first consultation and our responses to each of the key themes and topics that were identified by respondents was included as part of the report approved by the County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport at his Decision Day on 17 July 2018.  Full details are available online (agenda item 4).

Second public consultation

The second public consultation that presented the preferred scheme for improvements took place during September and October 2018, with the results reported back via the March 2019 EMET report referenced above. The preferred scheme includes on-line widening and junction improvements to the northern section of Hamble Lane between Windhover Roundabout and the Lowford Hill junction, plus complimentary junction improvements on the wider network, improvements to pedestrian and cycle provision between Hamble Rail Station and Hamble village, and improvements at Hamble Rail Station. A draft Travel Planning Framework for the Hamble peninsula was also presented. 

The second-stage public consultation on proposals to improve journeys in and out of Hamble is now closed, but the associated documents can still be viewed:

Information pack
Draft travel plan framework
Exhibition slides

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

Winchester
SO23 8UD