Funding bids

We work with partners to bid for external funding to deliver local transport improvements

January 2020

DfT Pinch Point Fund

Hampshire County Council submitted three Expressions of Interest (EoI) to the Department for Transport (DfT) at the end of January, for scheme funding from the latest round of the Local Pinch Point fund. The schemes that were submitted are as follows:

  • Fleet Rail Station junction – Bid value £6m, scheme value £7m. Traffic capacity improvements to the junction on the A3013, including improved access to the station and through the junction for both pedestrians and cyclists, whilst retaining the existing bus access.
  • A3025 Hamble Lane Improvements – Bid value £12m, scheme value £15m. Traffic capacity and pedestrian and cycle improvements to the northern section of Hamble Lane, between the A27/A3024 Windhover Roundabout to the north and the A3025 Portsmouth Road to the south, plus revised access arrangements to the Tesco Bursledon store.
  • A3011 Lynchford Road, Farnborough.

Schemes that are successful in passing the first phase of assessment will be invited to submit a further and detailed submission in Phase 2, which will be a competitive process, with no guarantee of further investment funding to shortlisted schemes. We expect to hear around the end of March 2020 which schemes (if any) have been successful in passing to Phase 2.

December 2019

Transforming City Fund - Portsmouth

Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council has secured a £4 million funding boost to improve public transport in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and the Isle of Wight.

The Portsmouth and South East Hampshire City Region bid centres on a mass transit network which links communities in Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and Isle of Wight with Portsmouth. The ambitious scheme will enable significant infrastructure improvements for public transport, fleet upgrades and a better customer experience for residents, commuters and visitors.

Three major junctions in Portsmouth will be upgraded to maximise the traffic flow and to give buses priority, improving bus reliability. The junctions identified for improvement are: Eastern Road with Havant Road; Copnor Road with Burrfields Road, and the Fratton Road/Lake Road/St Mary's Road junction.

The funding will also enable the upgrade of bus stops in Portsmouth and South Hampshire which don't currently have 'real time information' displayed. This includes up to 40 additional real time installations for bus passengers using the No 8, 20, 21, 23, 700 services at stops and interchanges in Havant and Waterlooville. The bid also includes extending the existing Eclipse bus route to better serve Gosport residents.

  • The value of the Real-time information for bus passengers is £400,000.
  • The value of the Enhanced Eclipse Busway Completion of Phase 1 – Retention of Rowner Road is £1.4m

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: "Following feedback from the local community, we’ve been investigating the potential for an alternative design for the next phase of the Eclipse BRT extension in Gosport which would retain Rowner Bridge, and so I’m delighted that this will be one of the first things we will be able to do with the initial tranche of funding from our successful Transforming Cities Bid with Portsmouth City Council.

“We have made a commitment to the people of South Hampshire to improve traffic and travel in the wider area.  The benefits of the capital investment to improve transport for all those who commute every day into Portsmouth will have a huge and positive impact on quality of life."

More on the Transforming Cities Fund

The Transport Secretary's announcement is the next step in the £2.5 billion Transforming Cities Fund, launched as part of the Industrial Strategy at the Autumn Budget 2017 to increase access to jobs and prosperity by addressing weaknesses in city transport systems.  From the total £1.28bn pot ring-fenced to the 12 shortlisted cities, of which Portsmouth is one, the Department for Transport released an initial fund for 'quick wins'.

Work continues on the development of our bid to the larger pot of funding, due for submission in June 2019.  Work in both Portsmouth and Gosport will start immediately.

June Decision day background paper - Portsmouth

Further information about Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council’s Transforming Cities Fund bid.

Transforming City Fund - Southampton

A joint bid between Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council has secured £5.7m in the first round of funding announcements from the Department for Transport’s ‘Transforming Cities’ Fund.

The funding will accelerate plans to make it easier and safer for people to cycle by completing the three Cycle Freeways across Southampton and the wider City Region in Hampshire. It will also help fund innovative new technology to help people have reliable journeys particularly when travelling by bus.

We will be investing in the three major cycle corridors in the Southampton Region totalling £4.437m, this includes:

  • The SCN5 Northern Cycle Freeway to Chandlers Ford (In Eastleigh District)
  • The SCN1 Western Cycle Freeway between the city centre, the Port, Totton and the New Forest (within New Forest District)
  • The SCN3 Eastern Cycle Freeway from the city centre to Bitterne and Bursledon along the A3024 Bursledon Road
  • Improvements to cycle routes linking the main employment hubs of Southampton Airport, the University of Southampton the General Hospital and Adanac Park (Within Test Valley Borough)

The remaining £1.26m will go towards, improving people’s bus journey time and reliability - in two areas:

  • Smart technology in the traffic signals at the junctions of A335 Stoneham Way/A27 Wide Lane/Wessex Lane
  • Using technology to help buses get through congestion along four corridors across Southampton (this includes the Waterside area of New Forest, parts of Eastleigh; namely routes to serve Eastleigh Town Centre, Fair Oak  and Hedge End)

Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “This is a great opportunity to put in place better transport and travel options for all those living and working in South West Hampshire, and we look forward to working with our colleagues at the City Council on improving access in and out of Southampton.”

More on the Transforming Cities Fund

Late last year HCC announced that the Southampton Region had made a shortlist of twelve cities that are in the running to receive a share of the £1.2bn Transforming Cities Fund from the Department for Transport. This is the first part of funding intended for schemes being delivered in 2019. An announcement on the second, larger part of the funding is expected later this year.

The funding will be used to help support the productivity and growth of the Southampton City Region (encompassing Southampton City, Eastleigh Borough, part of New Forest District on the Waterside, and part of Test Valley Borough around Valley Park and Rownhams and Nursling). The aim is to better connect Southampton with its suburbs, reducing congestion and improving people's health and air quality.

This would include transforming public transport connections and interchange between various modes, in continuing to deliver the Southampton Cycle Network, making the city centre a better place to live, and using smart infrastructure to make people’s journeys to work more reliable.

June decision day background paper - Southampton

Further information about Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council’s Transforming Cities Fund.

September 2019

A326 Waterside Improvements

Hampshire County Council (HCC) submitted a pre-Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) to Transport for the South East (TfSE) in August 2019 for between £115-140million from the DfT Large Local Majors programme, to use for improvements to the A326 corridor in the Waterside area of the New Forest. The bid was subsequently prioritised by TfSE and submitted to the DfT in September 2019. The final scheme is still under development but is likely to include:

  • A series of link and junction capacity improvements along the A326, between the Strategic Road Network at M27 Junction 2 to the north and the junction with Main Road at Dibden to the south – a distance of over 11km.
  • Improvements for walking and cycling to encourage more sustainable local journeys and ensure that the A326 is not a barrier to movement by non-motorised users.
The A326 highway improvements form part of the Waterside Transport Strategy that is currently being drafted by HCC.
January 2019

Through the Government's Industrial Strategy and the National Productivity Infrastructure Fund (NPIF), in March 2018 the Department for Transport (DfT) launched the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). The fund is aimed at improving productivity by improving connectivity within city regions with a working day population in excess of 200,000; specifically connecting the city to its suburbs. Setting aside arrangements for mayoral jurisdictions and taking into account the enhancements to TCF announced in the 2018 Autumn budget, the fund comprises £1.248b capital, available for up to 12 city regions, to be spent between 2018/19 and 2022/23. This is broken down into Tranche 1 (up to £60m) available for spend commencing in 2018/19 and Tranche 2 (the remainder) subject to co-development and business case submission. See further information on the Governments ambitions for the TCF.

In September 2018, the Government announced the 10 successful cities (later increased to 12) and these included both Portsmouth and Southampton. Whilst the cities are close geographical, the is no direct connection made by the DfT between the two proposals, although opportunities will be sought for areas of possible collaboration. However, the key focus will be to develop well thought out proposals, that provide good value for money and are deliverable within the very challenging timeline.

On 4 January 2019, both City Regions submitted separately, Tranche 1 TCF Bids to Department for Transport; a decision on the bids and the level of funding to be received in respect of each is expected mid-February (2019).

Southampton TCF, Tranche 1bid focuses on:

  • Improving bus and cycling access along 4 key corridors

Annex B - Map of schemes
Annex C - Active travel toolkit
Annex D - Programme Southampton TCF Tranche 1
Annex E - Risk Assessment
Annex F - Bluestar TCF Support
Annex F - EBC Letter of support
Annex F - First TCF Support
Annex G - Equality Impact Assessment
Southampton City Region application for for TCF Tranche 2018-19

Portsmouth TCF, Tranche 1bid focuses on:

  • South East Hampshire Rapid Transit: Fareham–Gosport ‘Eclipse’: Retention of Rowner Road bridge
  • South East Hampshire Rapid Transit: Real-Time Information (RTI) and Key Junction Signal Upgrade (MOVA) scheme

Transforming Cities Fund - Rowner Road Scheme
Transforming Cities Fund - Application form for Tranche 1 capital scheme RTI MOVA

June 2018

Hampshire County Council has worked with Portsmouth City Council on a joint bid for the city region, comprising Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. At this initial stage the bid requirement is a “Call for Proposals”, to describe the key transport challenges across the city region. The bid will be for the development of a rapid transit  network linking Portsmouth to Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Waterlooville, based upon the success of the existing ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Star’ routes run by First Bus from Gosport to Fareham and Portsmouth to Waterlooville respectively.

Transforming Cities Fund Call for Proposals – Application Form
Appendix A – Portsmouth and SE Hants region boundaries
Appendix B – Letters of support
Appendix D – Business case – Vfm potential

Historic Funding Bids

Funding bids from October 2017 to 2015