Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “This route has been identified as a major cycle route and one of three north-south connections between Eastleigh district and Southampton for cyclists. We know that the existing route is well used by cyclists, with more than 230 journeys a day being made. It is an important link between large residential and employment areas, and provides access to schools, local amenities, and leisure facilities. These planned improvements mean that this facility will link to the top of The Avenue in Southampton, enabling more people to leave their cars at home and cycle or walk safely to their places of employment or education, contributing to improved air quality in the area.”
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Southampton City Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place and Transport, added: “The Hut Hill project is an exciting one which will provide a key link between Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford and Southampton. Crucially, the scheme will connect to The Avenue where we are continuing our work to create the SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway as part of our wider Southampton Cycle Network. The network has a fundamental role to play in encouraging more people to travel sustainably, providing purpose-built routes that enable people to cycle safely and confidently in and around our city.”
Mildren Construction Ltd has been appointed by Hampshire County Council to construct this £1.14 million scheme, which will see a three metre wide, two kilometre long off-road shared use cycleway/footway along Hut Hill. This will link Chandler’s Ford with Chilworth. The route is made up of the southern section of Bournemouth Road and Winchester Road, close to Hampshire Corporate Business Park and passes over the M27 motorway to connect with the northern end of The Avenue.
The scheme is being jointly developed and delivered by Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council and funded in part from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund awarded to the area.
Works will be taking place from Monday 18 November 2019 and are expected to be completed by Spring 2020. The works will be carried out during off peak hours between 9:30 am to 4 pm under two-way traffic lights to minimise any disruption.
Councillor Humby added: “I apologise for any disturbance that the works may cause but we will try to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. However, I would advise that people plan their journeys in advance if using this route. The works are weather dependent and may need to be rearranged at short notice in the event of adverse weather.”
Useful websites for travel planning include:
My Journey: https://myjourneyhampshire.com/
For more information about this scheme, visit the project webpage: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/huthillcycleroute