Eclipse Busway Extension given the green light

Hampshire County Council is driving forward the extension to the Eclipse busway in Gosport now that planning permission has been granted, and additional funding secured

Jun 11 2019

Following feedback from residents and commuters on initial proposals, Hampshire County Council has worked on an enhanced scheme for the extension of the Eclipse Busway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Scheme in Gosport and Fareham that will retain Rowner Road bridge and the existing shared-use route for pedestrians and cyclists under Rowner Road.  

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’ve listened to the local community and I’m delighted to say that, by working with our partners, we have now secured planning permission and funding for this much needed extension including retaining Rowner Road bridge.
"We have made a commitment to the people of South Hampshire to improve traffic and travel in the wider area. The benefits of this capital investment to improve travel for all those who commute every day in and out of the Gosport peninsula will have a huge and positive impact on their quality of life."

The busway will extend by one kilometre from the existing route at the Tichborne Way/Hutfield Link south to form a new junction with Rowner Road, maintaining the existing shared use footway/cycleway from Hutfield Link to Rowner Road.
 
The retention of Rowner Bridge as part of the existing scheme will be funded from a successful joint bid from Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.  This will enable the development of a South East Hampshire Rapid Transit network, building on the success of the Star and Eclipse, the Hard Interchange and Portsmouth Park & Ride.  This network will consist of a multimodal travel system, centred on a network of bus priority routes facilitating rapid transit services, linking communities in Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and Isle of Wight with Portsmouth.   

Once complete, the Eclipse service operator First Hampshire and Dorset has committed to investing in a new fleet of high specification, low-emission buses and will introduce a new Eclipse Extra service to the nearby Daedalus Enterprise Zone. 

The renewal of the bus fleet will also reduce emissions to help address known air quality issues locally. 

For more information about this scheme visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/brtphaseII 

Further information on the Transforming Cities Fund