Elmleigh Road Improvements

Transforming Cities Fund - pedestrian and cycle improvements in Havant.

Last update: December 2023

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Hampshire County Council’s contractor Knights Brown completed the construction for the Elmleigh Road Improvements scheme on 16 November 2023. Please view the completion presentation and the video showcasing the first sparrow crossing in Hampshire.

Landscaping works, commissioned through Havant Borough Council, to replace lost trees and hedgerows will take place over the winter months. The work will consist of planting of new sapling trees, replacement hedgerows, native wildflowers and bulbs throughout the length of the scheme.
Further information on the landscaping works will be published on this webpage when available.

Construction Overview

Knights Brown Construction Ltd has been appointed to carry out the main construction works which started on Monday 15 May and expected completion winter 2023/2024.

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic management and signage will be in place throughout the works to help maintain safety for the public and the workforce. At times, the construction of the scheme will also require closures of Civic Centre Road and westbound and eastbound closures on sections of Elmleigh Road. Advance notice will be provided, and the closures will be signed at the appropriate times and diversion routes in place to assist traffic and pedestrian movements.

View the Elmleigh Road Improvements Construction Information.

Scheme overview

The Elmleigh Road scheme seeks to improve walking and cycling facilities between Havant College and the Havant railway station footbridge. The aim of which is to provide better access between the town centre, college, rail and bus stationed for access to wider travel connectivity in the region.

The proposed scheme consists of the following elements;

  • An upgrade from the current staggered Pelican crossing facilities on Petersfield Road, to a Sparrow crossing, adding the facility for cyclists to cross Petersfield Road adjacent to the college;
  • A new bi-directional segregated cycle track adjacent to a realigned improved footway, running from Petersfield Road crossing facility to the rail station footbridge along the northern kerbline of Elmleigh Road;
  • A new raised parallel Tiger crossing facility on Elmleigh Road in the vicinity of the station access, providing a safe and convenient crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between the footbridge and the new footway and cycling facility;
  • A pedestrian and cycle priority crossing across the Civic Centre Road junction to provide a continuous route;
  • Closure of the eastern access to Elmleigh Road (spur) to provide continuous walking and cycling facilities allowing uninterrupted access to the crossing and segregated cycle route and footway;
  • Works to narrow the entrance to Elmleigh Road at the roundabout to discourage the use of Elmleigh Road by HGVs accessing the New Lane industrial estate, reduce vehicle speeds entering Elmleigh Road and improve the informal pedestrian crossing.

The Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment approved the Project Appraisal at decision day on 12 May 2022.

Feedback Survey Results

The report summarises key findings from the feedback survey which took place from 06 October to 02 November 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, along with the pre-recorded welcome and introduction from Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment. 

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 Elmleigh Road improvements 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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