Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, was presented with the proposals at his Decision Day and said: “Congestion in the Farnborough area is a significant issue and we are looking to address this through improving traffic flow, investment in better public transport, improved junctions and increased road capacity so that the network meets future demand. We have been able to identify the areas that need the most urgent attention, and the measures to also support economic growth, with the funding currently available.
“Feedback from local people has helped us prioritise work on improvements. The next steps will be to develop proposals, including engagement with the local community and Rushmoor Borough Council, to ensure everyone has had an opportunity to help shape the schemes.”
Councillor Humby has given approval to progress design on a new access from Invincible Road to provide an exit onto the A327 Elles Road, to address the congestion issues in Invincible Road which are created from a knock on impact of retail redevelopment in Farnborough Town Centre. Design work will also be progressed on the Blackwater Valley Gold Grid to improve the forecourt at Farnborough Main Station and general improvements to the Gold Route which will help encourage people to utilise public transport more in the area.
Further design work to improve the A3011, Lynchford Road, will also be carried out, as the road is an important transport link which plays its part in supporting Farnborough as a Growth Town, with the ongoing expansion of the business park and the opening of the New Conference and Exhibition centre. This will include further engagement with the local community and should help address any concerns about the design of the scheme and the potential impact of road improvements here.
Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Business, Safety and Regulation, Councillor Ken Muschamp, said: “We’re acutely aware that congestion in Farnborough can be a barrier to business and remains a major concern for residents - so we’re delighted that Hampshire County Council is now moving forward with this scheme.
“We look forward to working closely with them and the local community on developing these proposals.”
The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership has identified Farnborough as one of its ‘growth towns’ and has provisionally allocated £6.7 million of Local Growth Fund to the County Council, to start making improvements. This will be added to the £2 million of developer contributions, giving a total package of £8.7 million available for transport improvements to tackle congestion.