Funding bids

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

December 2020

HE Designated Funds

Hampshire County Council was invited by Highways England (HE) to submit Expression of Interest (EoI) forms for schemes that they wished to be considered for funding from one of their Designated Funds. The four Funds include ‘Safety and Congestion’, ‘Environment and Wellbeing’, ‘Users and Communities’, and ‘Innovation and Modernisation’. The schemes needed to be able to demonstrate benefits to the HE road network and the County Council submitted EoI forms for the following schemes, with the relevant fund noted in brackets:

  • A27 Rusty Cutter Link road and cycle improvements (Safety & Congestion);
  • A27 Langstone Roundabout Improvements (Safety & Congestion);
  • A3(M) Junction 3 pedestrian/cycle link (Users and Communities);
  • Winchester Movement Strategy Package (Users and Communities);
  • Pedestrian/cycle access improvements to Swanwick Station (Users and Communities);
  • A27 Portchester District Centre improvements (Users and Communities)
  • Basingstoke A30 cycle route (Users and Communities)
  • A3205 Hamble Lane improvements (Safety & Congestion)

Sustrans NCN Development

Hampshire County Council was invited to bid for a share of the Department for Transport  funding via Sustrans, for schemes aimed at developing the National Cycle Network (NCN) in Hampshire. The following schemes were put forward for consideration:

  • The route from North Baddesley to Southampton, via Chilworth – links to NCN 24;
  • The route connecting Chandlers Ford Rail Station to the east-west link from Eastleigh to Romsey – NCN 24;
  • The route in the vicinity of Portchester District Centre (A27 Castle St roundabout section) – NCN 2;
  • The cycle linkage between Lee-on-the-Solent (Solent Enterprise Zone) and Gosport town centre / ferry terminal – NCN 2; and
  • Havant town centre local cycle network and local access zone – NCN 22.

Emergency Active Travel Fund, Tranche 2

Hampshire County Council has secured £3.28 million after a successful bid to the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. The funding will be used to provide a range of measures to create better spaces for walking and cycling in local communities.

The funding from the Department for Transport follows a successful bid earlier in the year for £863,000 for temporary pop-up measures to help people socially distance more easily as they returned to high streets and town centres after the first national lockdown. This saw over 40 new schemes across Hampshire, providing people with the space to travel by bike or by foot while keeping a safe social distance.

Hampshire County Council is committed to creating better spaces for people walking and cycling in and around our towns to enable physical distancing for safe, essential journeys and exercise during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - and as we work towards a period of recovery.

The projects prioritised and included in the funding bid are:

Improvements to high streets – this includes the centres of Aldershot in Rushmoor, Romsey in Test Valley, Brockenhurst in the New Forest, Petersfield in East Hampshire, Stubbington in Fareham, Eastleigh and Winchester to allocate more space to walking and cycling as well as funding to make some of the temporary pop-up schemes more permanent, (subject to favourable ongoing local consultation). These schemes will help to support recovery of these town centres and will be advanced in close liaison with the appropriate Local Authorities and interested parties;

New cycle routes – these include proposals for a new segregated cycleway on Brighton Way, Basingstoke, footway widening and traffic management on Old Lynchford Road and Camp Road in North Camp, Farnborough, and improvements to walking and cycling routes that connect to bus stops on the Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit corridor between Fareham and Gosport;

Transforming neighbourhoods – Proposals include:

  • Low Traffic Neighbourhood Kit a kit of moveable planters and temporary street furniture including replacing parking spaces with seating, greenery or bike racks which would be deployed for trial periods at different locations where the community want to see low traffic neighbourhoods introduced;
  • School Cycle Support  -  measures for schools that support more active travel;
  • Business Cycle Parking– Businesses will be able to apply for a grant in due course to help increase the take up of staff cycling through the provision of bike racks/shelters or e-bike loans;
  • E-scooter trial – hire service between Fareham and Gosport.

More information can be found via this web page: Hants Covid Travel

September 2020

Transforming City Fund - Portsmouth

Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and the Isle of Wight Council have jointly secured nearly £56 million of funding  from the government's Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) to improve the way people travel around Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and the Isle of Wight.

Funding will support 23 schemes which include improvements for walking, cycling and bus travel and provide an important next step for the three authorities towards developing a rapid transit network for the area.

The breakdown of schemes in each local authority area is as follows:

  • Hampshire County Council: 10 schemes totalling £19.6 million in Havant, Gosport and Fareham;
  • Portsmouth City Council: nine schemes totalling £26.4 million;
  • Isle of Wight Council: four schemes totalling £10 million.

All TCF schemes will be delivered by 2023.  Please view the schemes to be delivered by Hampshire County Council.

Transforming City Fund - Southampton

In March 2020 Hampshire County Council welcomed news of the successful outcome of a funding bids to the Department for Transport. Made jointly with Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council made a bid for investment designed to improve walking, cycling and public transport within the Southampton City Region.

The Department for Transport awarded £57 million to the Southampton City Region from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). This funding is for capital investment in infrastructure to support and encourage active and sustainable travel from the outlying residential areas to key economic drivers nearer the City Centre. This infrastructure requires delivery by March 2023.

The investment will support plans to improve connectivity across three major travel corridors in and out of Southampton from the Waterside (from Totton down to Holbury), Eastleigh and Bursledon. Over the next three years, this investment will deliver rapid bus corridors using smart technology and priority lanes; accelerate the development of the Southampton Cycle Network (the network expends in outlying Hampshire Districts) create Active Travel Zones to encourage cycling and walking, and develop a Park & Ride (to serve Southampton Hospital during the weekdays) and Local Mobility Hubs in key local areas. Eastleigh is to have a mobility hub within the town centre and Southampton Airport Parkway will be the location of a travel hub.

This together with the £5.7m received from tranche 1 of TCF funds, awarded in January 2019, (£7.4m with local contributions), means the City Region will have seen a transport investment of £75.9m by 2023.

Further information

August 2020

Emergency Active Travel Fund – Tranche 2

Hampshire County Council submitted a bid to Government for £3.45 million to deliver a range of schemes to help redesign some of our roads and high streets to support social distancing, assist economic recovery and encourage active travel such as walking and cycling.

This follows on from a successful bid earlier in the year for £863,000 for temporary pop-up measures to help people socially distance more easily.

The projects that have been prioritised and included in the funding bid are:

  • Transforming High Streets and Local Centres – this includes the centres of Aldershot in Rushmoor, Romsey in Test Valley, Brockenhurst in the New Forest, Petersfield in East Hampshire, Stubbington in Fareham, Eastleigh and Winchester to allocate more space to walking and cycling as well as funding to make some of the temporary pop-up schemes more permanent, (subject to favourable ongoing local consultation). These schemes will help to support recovery of these town centres and will be advanced in close liaison with the appropriate Local Authorities and interested parties.
  • Encouraging Cycling and Walking for Local Journeys – these include proposals for a new segregated cycleway on Brighton Way, Basingstoke, footway widening and traffic management on Old Lynchford Road and Camp Road in North Camp, Farnborough, and improvements to walking and cycling routes that connect to bus stops on the Eclipse Bus Rapid Transit corridor between Fareham and Gosport;
  • Innovative Measures to Transform Behaviours – Proposals include a kit of moveable planters and temporary street furniture including replacing parking spaces with seating, greenery or bike racks which would be deployed for trial periods at different locations where the community want to see low traffic neighbourhoods introduced, measures for schools that support more active travel;
  • Ambitious Proposals for Strategic Corridors – to deliver side road crossing improvements to encourage walking and cycling along the A27 corridor between Fareham and Portchester including raised crossings, to slow traffic down, as the first stage of a more comprehensive package of improvements on this corridor.
  • Sustaining, Monitoring and Maintaining the new schemes – funding to help maintain any new schemes implemented and to enable the Council to undertake monitoring and evaluation of their impact.

The outcome of the bid to the Emergency Active Travel Fund is expected to be announced by the Government in early autumn.

View the submitted Tranche 2 bid.

Details of the schemes being delivered as part of Tranche 1.

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.

Historic Funding Bids

Funding bids from October 2017 to 2015