Hamble Lane Improvements

Hampshire County Council is currently developing proposals to improve people’s journeys in and out of Hamble

Last update: March 2022

Scheme overview

Following the approval of a report (agenda item 13) by the County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport (EMET) in March 2019, the County Council remains committed to delivering transport improvements along Hamble Lane. Between 2015 and 2019 a significant amount of work was undertaken to develop and assess improvements, which were split into four main workstreams:

  • Highway capacity and active mode improvements to the northern section of Hamble Lane between Windhover Roundabout and the Portsmouth Road junction;
  • Complementary junction capacity improvements on the A27 and further south on Hamble Lane;
  • Improvements to pedestrian and cycle provision between Hamble Rail Station and Hamble village; and
  • Improved transport facilities at Hamble Rail Station.

The latter two elements were worked up to the Feasibility design stage and included in the ‘High’ package of schemes that was submitted for funding as part of the Southampton City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) Package in November 2019. Based on the funding settlement received that did not include the ‘High’ package, these schemes have not been progressed any further, but remain under consideration for future funding bids.

The improvements to the northern section between Windhover and Portsmouth Road and complimentary improvements on the A27 were worked up to preliminary design stage and were the subject of two separate public consultation exercises (see Section 3 below), but currently remain on hold due to insufficient funding having been identified for delivery.

Latest Update

In January 2020 a bid for the preferred scheme for the northern section of Hamble Lane was submitted to the DfT’s Local Pinch Point Fund (LPPF) alongside two other schemes, the assessment of which was subsequently delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In February 2021 the County Council were advised by the DfT that the LPPF had been superseded by the Levelling Up Fund (LUF) and that the County Council was only able to make one submission to the LUF in this round. Based on the LUF fund criteria it was highly unlikely that a scheme in Eastleigh Borough would be supported and the County Council therefore chose to submit a different package of schemes to the LUF in June 2021.

The changing national and local policy agenda means that the opportunities to bid for funding for schemes such as that for the northern section (that primarily involve highway capacity improvements) is now extremely limited. The County Council does hold a significant amount of funding from Developer Contributions that has been secured to make improvements to Hamble Lane and which must be spent in the next few years, albeit much of this is restricted to being spent on certain locations.

The County Council’s approach to transport is increasingly focussed on trying to reduce the number of trips taken by private vehicles by investing in and encouraging active travel and public transport. This is in line with our emerging Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP4) and the changing national Policy agenda, in light of climate change and carbon reduction targets. It is also apparent that the Government funding available for transport schemes is now largely focused on active travel and public transport schemes. To reflect this, a draft Local Walking and Cycling Plan (LCWIP) for the Eastleigh District has been developed, alongside several others, which was recently subject to public consultation. The LCWIP identifies a key network of walking and cycling routes around the Borough and it aims to provide a prioritised list of improvements for future investment.

Background Information

At peak times, junctions on Hamble Lane are at maximum capacity, which can cause severe journey time delays for residents and commuters. Hamble Lane is a route of a strategic nature that provides the only direct access from the M27 motorway to Hamble-le-Rice and its associated marine and advanced manufacturing industries, as well as Hamble Marina – an internationally renowned marina facility. It also provides one of the two main routes into Southampton from the west via the connection with the A3025 Portsmouth Road. As such the current congestion and delay is having a detrimental impact upon the economy and future development in the area and needs to be addressed as a matter of priority by Hampshire County Council as Local Highway Authority.

The March 2019 EMET report approved the preferred scheme that was presented during the public consultation in September/October 2018, but with some modifications to the design and presented a flexible priority for delivering different elements of the preferred scheme. The EMET report also included a full report of the findings of the second public consultation, which can also be accessed separately here.

First public consultation

The first public consultation closed on 7 January 2018. A total of 673 individual responses were received. A full report detailing the outcomes from the first consultation and our responses to each of the key themes and topics that were identified by respondents was included as part of the report approved by the County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport at his Decision Day on 17 July 2018.  Full details are available online (agenda item 4).

Second public consultation

The second public consultation that presented the preferred scheme for improvements took place during September and October 2018, with the results reported back via the March 2019 EMET report referenced above. The preferred scheme includes on-line widening and junction improvements to the northern section of Hamble Lane between Windhover Roundabout and the Lowford Hill junction, plus complimentary junction improvements on the wider network, improvements to pedestrian and cycle provision between Hamble Rail Station and Hamble village, and improvements at Hamble Rail Station. A draft Travel Planning Framework for the Hamble peninsula was also presented. 

The second-stage public consultation on proposals to improve journeys in and out of Hamble is now closed, but the associated documents can still be viewed:

Information pack
Draft travel plan framework
Exhibition slides

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