A27 Bus Enhancements

Transforming Cities Fund - improvements in Portchester

Last update: June 2024

Scheme Completed

Hampshire County Council has completed the main work on the scheme to improve priority for buses at Castle Roundabout on the A27 in early November 2022. Please view the visuals.

This is the first scheme to be delivered as part of the South-East Hampshire Transforming Cities Fund programme, which aims to increase opportunities for people to walk, cycle and use public transport for their local journeys.

The scheme has installed traffic signals at the Portchester roundabout, which are programmed to give bus services priority when exiting the bus lane. It is also the first step in a strategy for improving bus journey times along this corridor, linking into improvements being made by Portsmouth City Council as part of their South East Hampshire Rapid Transit programme. It also accommodates buses which run on the Eclipse bus route, the extension to which was successfully completed in December 2021.

The landscaping works join two raised beds adjacent to the bus stop area to form a single raised bed. Please view the location and the proposed new beds visuals plan.

Scheme overview

Located in the bus stop for Portchester Precinct at Castle Street Roundabout in Portchester, the scheme will introduce traffic signals to the bus stop and roundabout to give bus services priority when exiting the bus lane.

The scheme consists of the following elements:

  • Installation of bus priority traffic signals on Castle Street Roundabout adjacent to the Bus Stop, allowing easier movements for buses exiting the stop onto the roundabout;
  • Introduction of restriction on the use of the bus stop, so that only buses may use the stop, providing easier access for buses with no obstructions in the bus lane.

Approval to progress with implementation of the scheme was given at the Executive Member for Environment and Transport Decision Day 14 July 2022.

Feedback Survey Results

The report summarises key findings from the feedback survey which took place from 24 November to 21 December 2021 . This was an opportunity for local residents and businesses to provide their views on the proposed improvement scheme. The information pack is still available to view.

Funding Arrangements

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.

This funding will support the delivery of the A27 Portchester Bus Enhancements along with 22 other schemes across the region 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.  For more information please see the funding bids.

Hampshire County Council will be delivering a further seven TCF schemes in Havant, Gosport and Fareham;

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