Eclipse Busway - Completion of Phase I

The Eclipse Busway is being extended 1km south to Rowner Road, Gosport.

Last update: May 2021

Latest update
Rowner Road - notification of night-time working and temporary road closures

As part of the works to complete Phase 1 of the Eclipse Busway, Rowner Road will need to be closed over a series of nights to allow the contractor Dyer and Butler to undertake works at Rowner Road bridge. The works will commence from the night of the 3 June 2021 for a period of up to 8 nights.

Working hours will be 7pm to 5am Monday to Friday. During these times, Rowner Road will be closed between Grange Road roundabout and the access to the Brune Medical Centre. Rowner Road will be closed each night during the hours stated and outside of these times will be reopened to 2-way traffic. 

There will be no works on Saturday or Sunday night. A signed diversion will be in place via Military Road, Privett Road and Grange Road. Access will be maintained for pedestrians, and to residents and businesses. Please see the diversion plan.

The works are required to lay the new carriageway surfacing, and to install the carriageway kerbing and traffic signal cabling. A road closure is necessary as the works require access to the full width of the carriageway and are being undertaken at night to minimise delays to traffic on this busy arterial route.

Footway Works Update

The footway on the northern side of Rowner Road will be closed and this closure will remain in place until the completion of the busway scheme. View the location plan.

Hampshire County Council have appointed Dyer and Butler. Dyer and Butler have setup the site offices and access at Gosport Leisure Centre, with temporary fencing, parking, offices and associated welfare facilities, which will be removed upon completion of the scheme when the field will be re-instated. There should be no disruption on the local road network from these works.

Works commenced on 15 June 2020 and expected completion Autumn/winter 2021. Please view the media on-site footage with Councillor Humby and Dyer & Butler.

Dyer & Butler will be maintaining social distancing and following national guidelines with all work carried out in line with the Construction Leadership Council's Site Operation Procedures, which is based on Public Health England guidance.

The Hutfield link will be used for access to the northern part of the site on 17 July 2020 for transporting construction material. This route will be used, as and when throughout the duration of the scheme.

A further £1.4m of additional funding from the Department for Transport's Transforming Cities Fund, has been successfully secured to meet the additional cost of constructing the alternative southern junction. Approval to progress this revised scheme was given at the Executive Member for Environment and Transport Decision Day on 23rd April 2019.

Scheme overview

Hampshire County Council successfully bid for funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to complete the outstanding section of the Eclipse Busway in Summer 2017 and a further £1.4m of additional funding for the alternative southern junction that retains Rowner Road bridge, was secured in partnership with Portsmouth City Council from the Department for Transport's Transforming Cities Fund in March 2019. Approval to progress this revised scheme was given at the Executive Member for Environment and Transport Decision Day on 23rd April 2019.

The Eclipse Busway provides a priority public transport route connecting Fareham in the north to Gosport in the south. The existing route, completed in 2012, is largely off-road with a dedicated section following the line of a former railway. The proposed 1km southern extension will follow the disused railway corridor between Tichborne Way / Hutfield Link and Rowner Road in Gosport and forms one component of a wider package of measures for Improving Access to Fareham and Gosport. The existing route is judged a great success and proposals have long existed to extend the route so that it benefits a wider catchment area.

The scheme objectives are:

  • To reduce journey time delay and peak hour congestion on and off the Gosport peninsula.
  • To remove the transport barriers to growth and encourage investment and regeneration on the peninsula.
  • To improve connectivity and provide additional network resilience across the peninsula.

Once complete, the Eclipse service operator First Hampshire and Dorset will invest in a fleet of seventeen new high specification, low-emission buses and 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 in the Fareham Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

Planning permission was granted in April 2019 to amend the southern section of the approved scheme to provide a new junction arrangement at Rowner Road. This enhanced scheme includes a new ramp to connect the busway to Rowner Road. This change will allow Rowner Road bridge to be retained along with the existing shared-use route for pedestrians and cyclists under Rowner Road.

Drainage Maintenance works (south of Rowner Road) has now been completed in preparation for the Main Works Contract. This also included the removal of the old rail track, vegetation clearance, Statutory Undertaker apparatus diversion and installation of ducting, and maintenance to the existing drainage run.

View the approved technical plan for the revised Rowner Road junction.

Newsletter

August 2020, progress newsletter.

December 2020, progress newsletter.

Exhibition plans update

Due to current guidance regarding COVID-19 and social distancing it is no longer possible to hold a public exhibition to coincide with the start of works. An overview of the scheme and plans setting out the works can be accessed here.

A public event was held on Tuesday 2nd July at Bridgemary School, the event gave an opportunity to view the details of the design and discuss the enhanced scheme with members of the project team.

Please view the exhibition plans.

Eclipse Busway route map

Eclipses Service routes and maps

Technical Plan
View the approved technical plan for the revised Rowner Road junction
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Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
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Winchester
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