Hampshire Covid Travel
Last update: April 2022
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The Roadmap is dependent on a number of factors guided by data, not dates, to avoid the risk of a surge in infections. Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 14 June, the date for potential removal of all legal limits on social contact has been reset to 19 July. As such social distancing measures on our roads and pavements will remain in place until at least this date and may be extended depending on future guidance.
Results of all eight Active Travel Fund Consultations are due to be presented to Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, together with proposals, for consideration at his Decision Day on 29 July 2021.
Portsdown Road and Fishers Hill Update
Hampshire Council is committed to carrying out a consultation on the future of Portsdown Road and Fishers Hill modal filter schemes in the Fareham area, beyond the ending of current temporary closure. This consultation opened on 19 July 2021 and closes on 15 August 2021. All responses received to this consultation, and the analysis of movements in the vicinity whilst the road is both open and closed, will enable a decision to be made on any future closure.
- Scheme overview
Hampshire County Council is committed to creating better spaces for people walking and cycling in and around our towns to enable social distancing for safe, essential journeys and exercise during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recovery phases.
Hampshire County Council has secured £3.28 million from a successful bid to the Government’s 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.
This is the second tranche of funding made available for active travel measures from the Government and 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 and to make it easier to walk and cycle after the first national lockdown. This resulted in over 40 new schemes across Hampshire, providing people with the space to travel by bike or by foot while keeping a safe social distance.
The Tranche 1 temporary pop up measures will continue to be maintained, monitored and reviewed in the short term. Where feedback has indicated the schemes that have been successful, they will be enhanced to improve their resilience and maintenance requirements as temporary measures.
While the funding has been made available through a Government initiative in response to the pandemic, it is important to note that these measures support the County Council’s established priorities to:
- Improve air quality in local communities;
- Reduce carbon emissions in line with the Climate Change Strategy (37% of Hampshire’s emissions currently come from transport);
- Support local businesses (as people interact more within their communities);
- Support the wellbeing of Hampshire residents (by providing more active travel options);
- Accelerating ambitions for a green and healthy Hampshire.
Working with the community
The County Council wants to install measures that the community will support, and will use. This feedback is vital from the early planning stages through to completion. Please see the Communications and Engagement plan for the Active Travel Schemes.
The County Council is committed to monitoring and evaluating each scheme, to establish impact and outcomes, and adjust as necessary.
Projects prioritised and included in the funding bid
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 better suited to supporting the recovery agenda in the medium term. , (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 signage to walking and cycling routes that connect to 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 linking to the Eclipse BRT between Gosport & Fareham.
Strategic active travel corridor - To deliver side road crossing improvements to support walking along the A27 corridor between Park Gate and Portchester including raised crossings, as the first stage of a more comprehensive package of improvements on this corridor.
Maintaining and monitoring impact of the new schemes – funding to help maintain these new schemes implemented and to enable the County Council to undertake monitoring and evaluation of their impact.
- Feedback Survey Results
Extensive consultation on all these schemes took place in the spring. Each scheme has been considered in terms of the effectiveness in delivering active travel changes, the impact of the scheme on the local and broader area, and the level of public support measured through the consultation feedback.
Please see the Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment Decision Day Report for the progress details of each of the Active Travel Fund Schemes.
The survey results are published in the feedback reports;
Area consulted upon and scheme webpage;
Feedback Reports Aldershot Aldershot Access Improvement Brockenhurst Brockenhurst (Brookley Road) Basingstoke Brighton Way Cycle Improvements Farnborough North Camp Winchester North Walls, City Centre, Upper High Street & High Street Eastleigh Town Centre Petersfield Town Centre Fareham A27 Continuous Footway Improvements Gosport - Fareham BRT Route Improvements
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