Hamble Lane Improvements

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

Last update: June 2024

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The transport issues on Hamble Lane corridor are being considered as part of the County Councils work in developing a Transport Strategy for Eastleigh Borough. The County Council’s approach to transport is focussed on increasing active travel and public transport choices alongside private vehicles. This is in line with our emerging Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4) and the changing national policy agenda, in light of climate change and carbon reduction targets and reflects the type of government funding that is currently available.

As a result of changes to the national funding picture the originally envisaged Hamble Lane improvements Decision Day Report 12 March 2019 are unlikely to be funded in its entirety by national Government in the foreseeable future. However given the need to spend the limited amount of developer contributions, The County Council is currently considering the feasibility of improving walking and cycling links at the top of Hamble Lane to enable people to have more choice in how they access local attractions as per the Local Walking and Cycling Plan (LCWIP) for the Eastleigh Borough.

Scheme Overview

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 transport improvements along Hamble Lane. Between 2015 and 2019 a significant amount of work was undertaken to develop and assess improvements, which were split into four main workstreams:

  • Highway capacity and active mode improvements to the northern section of Hamble Lane between Windhover Roundabout and the Portsmouth Road junction;
  • Complementary junction capacity improvements on the A27 and further south on Hamble Lane;
  • Improvements to pedestrian and cycle provision between Hamble Rail Station and Hamble village; and
  • Improved transport facilities at Hamble Rail Station.

The latter two elements were worked up to the Feasibility design stage and included in the ‘High’ package of schemes that was submitted for funding as part of the Southampton City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) Package in November 2019. Based on the funding settlement received that did not include the ‘High’ package, these schemes have not been progressed any further, but remain under consideration for future funding bids.

The improvements to the northern section between Windhover and Portsmouth Road and complimentary improvements on the A27 were worked up to preliminary design stage and were the subject of two separate public consultation exercises (please see Section 3), but currently remain on hold due to insufficient funding having been identified for delivery.

Background Information

At peak times, junctions on Hamble Lane are at maximum capacity, which can cause severe journey time delays for residents and commuters. Hamble Lane is a route of a strategic nature that provides the only direct access from the M27 motorway to Hamble-le-Rice and its associated marine and advanced manufacturing industries, as well as Hamble Marina – an internationally renowned marina facility. It also provides one of the two main routes into Southampton from the west via the connection with the A3025 Portsmouth Road. As such the current congestion and delay is having a detrimental impact upon the economy and future development in the area and needs to be addressed as a matter of priority by Hampshire County Council as Local Highway Authority.

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.

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

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