Hampshire County Council commissioned Havant Borough Council to carry out design work on its behalf on a scheme to widen the existing footways in Barncroft Way/New Road, to resurface the carriageway in Barncroft Way and to upgrade the Pelican crossing in New Road to a Toucan crossing.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport for Hampshire County Council, said: “I’m pleased to see this important upgrade for local people and visitors to the area has been completed on time and on budget. The County Council is very keen to promote improved walking and cycling facilities across Hampshire. I am pleased that we were able commission work on this scheme from the local council, to make use of their local knowledge and capacity to take on the work, at a time where we are delivering the biggest transport capital programme for many years in Hampshire.
The Bedhampton to Havant pedestrian and cycle improvements will further enhance connectivity within the local, and wider, cycle network which I hope will encourage more people to try active ways of travel between the local schools and the joined Havant South Downs colleges.”
The £311,000 improvement scheme was commissioned by Hampshire County Council through an agency arrangement which allows some district and borough councils to do work for the County Council on smaller engineering and transport projects. This particular improvement scheme was designed and construction overseen by Havant Borough Council acting on behalf of Hampshire County Council who sponsored and funded the project.
Councillor Tim Pike, Cabinet Lead for Finance and Regeneration for Havant Borough Council, said: "This project is an important addition to the cycle and pathway network in Havant, making it easier for residents and visitors to travel to Havant Town Centre from Leigh Park and the west of the Borough, plus helping students at Havant and South Downs College reach the Havant campus safely.
"Our Civil Engineering team has worked hard to deliver this project on behalf of Hampshire County Council and I am pleased it has been completed to a high standard.”
The new route will join an existing shared use path on Park Road North/South and connect via National Cycle Network Route 22 and the town centre with the Hermitage Stream Cycle path leading northwards towards the residential area of Leigh Park and southwards to Langstone technology park.
For more information visit the scheme web pages