Improving access to Aldershot Station

To improve accessibility to and from Aldershot Railway Station

Last update: June 2024

Latest Update

From 10 June, investigation works will be taking place at various locations in the town centre, including A323 High Street, Pickford Street, Victoria Road and Arthur Street, to undertake CCTV surveys of the existing highway drainage system and to confirm the position of underground services using ground penetrating radar. Confirming this information in advance of the main works will reduce the risk of issues relating to drainage or services affecting the delivery of the project.

The surveys in highway areas will be ongoing during the week commencing 10 June. Then there will be a short period of survey work within Network Rail’s land on the station forecourt itself – this is currently planned to take place during the week commencing 24 June. Traffic management arrangements for the survey work will be give/take, lane closures and mobile works.


Monday 4 March, the following tree works were carried out on Aldershot Railway Station forecourt;

  1. Fell a single tree where it restricts footway width (near the station car park access); and
  2. Crown lifting of two other low-hanging trees on Network Rail land (near the cycle store) to increase headroom above the footway areas.

These works are were done in advance of the main works construction period to ensure that ecological risks involving nesting birds were minimised.

The loss of the tree will be mitigated by the replacement planting of four other street trees along with other local landscaping improvements in the area, as part of the main works.

The main works are expected to take place from summer 2024.

 

Scheme Background

Hampshire County Council and Rushmoor Borough Council have a long-standing interest in delivering accessibility and public realm improvements around Aldershot Station, to support the redevelopment work that is ongoing around the town and to enhance the area around the railway station which is a key gateway to the town centre.

In recent years, designs have been developed which seek to deliver;

  • high-quality walking and cycling facilities within the public highway, between the railway station, the town centre and the Wellesley development to the north, to encourage and enable increased levels of active travel;
  • accessibility improvements and public realm enhancements around the station itself.

January 2019 - the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment approved a project appraisal for the ‘Access to Aldershot Station’ scheme, which intended to provide improved walking and cycling infrastructure to link the new development areas with the railway station.


October 2020 - the ‘Aldershot Station Transport Hub and Public Realm Improvements’ scheme was approved. This scheme intended to provide an improved interchange facility, to lock in high levels of walking, cycling and public transport use.


Early 2023 - the County Council made the decision to update the design of the schemes due to budgetary constraints, primarily arising from the impact of inflation across the construction sector. Also in early 2023, the local bus operator was required to vacate the privately owned former bus station site and whilst assessing its operations and routes as part of these changes, it made a commercial decision to reduce services to railway station area.

On this basis, the detailed design of the scheme was updated, with focus on Hampshire County Council transport priorities to;

  • increase the modal share of active and sustainable travel in the area;
  • improve accessibility and enhance the public realm in the area around the railway station. Significant works to provide bus infrastructure within the railway station forecourt - a destination to which the local bus operator has reduced services on commercial grounds, and the significant investment in areas of third-party land required to achieve this was no longer considered appropriate.

The scheme aim is still to improve access to the railway station and support the wider regeneration plans for Aldershot, by creating sustainable transport links to new housing developments and accommodating the associated increase in pedestrian and cycle journeys within the town.

The focus of the scheme has shifted away from a significant redevelopment of the railway station forecourt, to instead prioritise the pedestrian and cycle improvements to the highway network between the railway station, the town centre and Wellesley, whilst also delivering public realm enhancements to the area around the railway station.


November 2023 – the updated scheme proposals were approved by the Executive Lead Member for Universal Services.

Improvements to Aldershot Railway Station Forecourt and the surrounding roads

The scheme will deliver:

  1. The creation of a high-quality north-south cycle route between Aldershot Railway Station and the Wellesley Development. This will provide the second of two key cycle links between Wellesley and the town centre, with this being the eastern link which connects to the railway station. The scheme will also deliver improved facilities for pedestrians in the area.
  2. Improvements to the public space in and around the railway station forecourt to enhance the quality of the public realm. This includes improvements to pedestrian areas and landscaping around the station forecourt. More space will be provided for the movement of pedestrians and cycle users in this area, with associated changes to the location of taxi ranks and parking spaces to make best use of the space available.
  3. The updated scheme will also include a significant area of carriageway resurfacing on Windsor Way. There is an opportunity to coordinate the planned works with highway maintenance activities, to provide a high-quality outcome and to minimise the impact of future highway works on the local community and town centre highway network.

The planned changes to traffic movements and parking arrangements in the area include:

  • The permanent closure of the A323 junction with Pickford Street to motor vehicles;
  • The removal of on-street parking on the west side of Arthur Street between its junctions with Windsor Way and Victoria Road, and on-street parking on the east side of Arthur Street between Windsor Way and Station Road, with new parking spaces created nearby on Victoria Road and Windsor Way, to ensure no significant net loss of parking spaces of all types in the area;
  • Raised pedestrian crossing points on Victoria Road across its junctions with Pickford Street and Arthur Street.

Further details on the traffic order proposals and the planned changes in Aldershot are available on the below links:

  • Prohibition of driving in Pickford Street and Artillery Road - Public Notice and plan;
  • Aldershot Station Area, amendments to parking and waiting and introduction of a cycle lane - Public Notice and plan;
  • Raised Tables in Victoria Road - Public Notice and plan.
Further Background and Funding Arrangements

The Executive Member for Universal Services gave approval for the implementation of the updated scheme on 27 November 2023. Please read the Decision Report.

The Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment gave approval for the implementation of the Aldershot Station Highway Scheme on 15 January 2019 and the implementation of the Aldershot Station Forecourt Scheme on 8 October 2020.

Read the Decision Reports;

The associated public engagement surveys are now closed, but you can still read the information pack. The feedback survey results can now be viewed in the findings report.


Funding for the transport capital delivery schemes is separate from the County Council’s revenue budget and savings proposals. In the majority of cases funding comes from external grants and / or Section 106 contribution from developers. This funding usually has conditions that strictly control on how, where and when it can be spent.

Plan
Aldershot Station Accessibility General Arrangement Technical Plans.
Roadworks and Travel Advice

Please visit the Stagecoach website for service updates and contact details.

Visit One.Network which is where the planned works are published and is an independent platform that allows real-time monitoring of all the UK’s roadworks and diversions.

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Universal Services
Hampshire County Council
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