Gosport Interchange Improvements

Transforming Cities Fund - bus, taxi, pedestrian and public realm improvements in Gosport.

Last update: February 2024

Latest updates
22 February 2024
The water leak previously reported on Gosport High Street has now been fixed.

Please see the latest Winter 2024 newsletter.

New Gosport Taxi Rank is now open;

 

All town centre businesses are open as usual.
All town centre car parks are open as usual, except for the following:  
  • Coates Road (closed until scheme completion)
  • Mumby Road (permanently closed)

Traffic Management Update

The new taxi rank, passenger set-down and short-stay parking facilities on The Esplanade being provided as part of the Gosport Interchange redevelopment have now opened for use, with the construction of the new bus interchange on the site adjacent to Falkland Gardens having commenced.

A new shelter for the taxi rank will be installed on the morning of Thursday 29 February 2024. In order to install the shelter, it will be necessary to temporarily close the outer (northern) lane of the taxi rank, as well as the southbound carriageway and footway on South Street between the taxi rank and the existing bus station access to enable the shelter to be lifted into place.
During the time that the vehicle is parked on South Street, taxis exiting the taxi rank and traffic on South Street will be controlled using Stop/ Go boards. Pedestrians on South Street between the bus station access and the taxi rank will be assisted by traffic marshals, who will be present throughout the shelter lifting operation. Once the shelter has been lifted into place and the vehicle has left, then both the carriageway and footway on South Street will reopen, with the lane on the taxi rank reopening once the shelter has been installed, all power connections completed and footway surfacing re-laid.

Hampshire County Council and its contractor apologies in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused during these works.
Works on North Cross Street and the northern half of the High Street have now been completed, with works moving to the southern half of High Street and the northern section of South Cross Street. This phase requires the existing permitted vehicle access into High Street from South Cross Street to be temporarily closed until early summer. Signage has been provided to divert permitted vehicles needing to access High Street, to do so via Mumby Road.

Pedestrian access to all shops will continue to be maintained throughout the works. Parking on South Cross Street next to Gosport Pool Arena has been temporarily suspended for the works, with the disabled parking bays adjacent to the Police Station remaining open for use.

The footway between the Castle Tavern on Mumby Road and Falkland Gardens is currently closed, with pedestrians needing to access Falkland Gardens and the ferry terminal diverted using a signed route including the Mumby Road pedestrian crossing.

Pedestrian access to all shops will continue to be maintained throughout the works. Parking on South Cross Street next to Gosport Pool Arena has been temporarily suspended for the works, with the disabled parking bays adjacent to the Police Station remaining open for use.

The footway between the Castle Tavern on Mumby Road and Falkland Gardens will be closed. Pedestrians will need to use the pedestrian crossing on Mumby Road to access Falkland Gardens and the ferry terminal.


Expected scheme completion is Summer 2024.  

More information can be found in the FAQs.

Previous newsletter; Autumn 2023 newsletter.
Construction Overview

The main construction work for the scheme commenced on Monday 26 June, with expected completion by early Summer 2024.  Knights Brown have been appointed as our main contractor for delivering the Gosport Interchange Improvement scheme.

The working hours will be 7am to approximately 6:30pm Monday to Friday and, if required, 7:30am to approximately 5pm on Saturdays. The site compound will be located on the Gosport Borough Council car park at Coates Road.

Please view the construction phase plans, including information on the traffic management and the temporary arrangements being made for buses and taxis during construction of this scheme.

Scheme Overview

The proposed scheme seeks to:

  • Improve the bus interchange facilities at the Gosport Ferry Terminal, served by the Fareham to Gosport Eclipse bus service.  The Gosport Ferry Terminal is a key travel hub to Portsmouth Harbour from which people can access onward links to Isle of Wight via catamaran services, to the wider rail network and bus services across the city region. 

The proposed scheme consists of the following enhancements:

  • Relocation of the existing bus station to the site of the existing taxi rank and Falkland Gardens short stay car park and drop-off/pick-up facility;
  • Relocation of the existing taxi rank and drop-off/ pick-up facility to the western part of the existing bus station site;
  • Provision of alterations to the existing highway network, including the provision of a bus-only link across the High Street, between North and South Cross Street.

The proposed relocation of the bus station will facilitate the provision of a new Waterfront development by Gosport Borough Council, in line with its adopted Gosport Waterfront and Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

Alterations are being made to the highway on South and North Cross Street to facilitate bus access which were approved at Hampshire County Council's Executive Members decision day on 12 May 2022.


An engagement event was held on Wednesday 7 June 2023 at the Gosport Discovery Centre, representatives from Hampshire County Council and Knights Brown were on hand to answer questions about this scheme.
Feedback Survey Results

The report summarises key findings from the feedback survey which took place from 8 July 2021 to 2 September 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 & 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 Gosport Interchange 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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