Marchwood Bypass Bus Priority Improvements

Transforming Cities Fund

Last update: June 2022

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Highway Investigation Works

Hampshire County Council has appointed Brunel Surveys Ltd to carry out advance highway investigation works on the A326 Marchwood Bypass and A326 Marchwood Bypass branch road towards Rushington Roundabout.
These works form part of the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund programme and will help inform designs for the proposals which aim to improve public transport infrastructure.

The works will comprise;

  • Topographical surveys
  • CCTV drainage surveys

It is essential that these works are undertaken during off peak hours to reduce network disruption and to help ensure safety of the workforce.

  • From 8pm Wednesday 6 July to 5am on Thursday 7 July 2022 and;
  • From 9:30am to 3:30pm on Monday 11 July 2022 and Tuesday 12 July 2022.

Access to all roads and properties will be maintained. To help provide safe areas for working, lane closures will be in place.

Scheme overview

The aim of this scheme is to provide a bus only right turn lane from the A326 onto Marchwood Bypass, joining with Rushington Roundabout, which is also to receive bus priority to reduce journey time for buses travelling between Southampton and The Waterside.

This scheme comprises modifications to the existing A326 to allow for Southampton bound buses to turn from the A326 onto the A326 to Rushington roundabout together with a new bus stop for passengers to alight in the vicinity of the Hounsdown Business Park. The aim of the improved priorities is to reduce journey times and improve reliability of the journey duration, arrival and departure times. The scheme has been identified as being on a key route between Southampton and local communities which travel to and from Southampton, the aim is to offer better connectivity of public transport than is currently available and a choice of travel mode that will also encourage commuters to change mode from cars to buses. 

Watch our video for TCF Waterside Transport Schemes.

In March 2020, Hampshire County Council welcomed news of the successful outcome of a funding bids to the Department for Transport (DfT). Made jointly with Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council made a bid for investment designed to improve walking, cycling and public transport within the Southampton City Region. The Department for Transport awarded £57 million to the Southampton City Region from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). This funding is for capital investment in infrastructure to support and encourage active and sustainable travel from the outlying residential areas to key economic areas nearer the City Centre. The majority of the investment is on corridors from Eastleigh, Bursledon and The Waterside/Totton in addition to transport and mobility hubs in Eastleigh and at Southampton Parkway.

Further details of this route will be available once the preliminary design stage has been complete and will be published here.  Stakeholder and public engagement events to inform communities about the opportunities offered by the implementation of this scheme to be held in 2022/2023.

Approval to progress with implementation of the scheme was given at the Executive Member for Environment and Transport Decision Day 27 January 2022.

This scheme forms part of The Waterside Corridor Bus Priority Improvements proposals;

Rushington Roundabout Bus Priority Improvements:
This scheme comprises improvements to the highway that will offer priority to buses approaching Rushington Roundabout via a new dedicated northbound bus lane. The scheme will also deliver improved infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists in the area.

Junction Road, Totton Bus Priority Improvements:
The aim of this scheme is to provide a bus and cycle only link between Junction Road and A326 Commercial Road in Totton. The scheme will also improve existing bus stops on Commercial Road to enhance facilities for waiting passengers and provide an improved crossing on Commercial Road (A326) for pedestrians and cyclists.

Feedback Survey Results

This report summarises key findings from the feedback survey which took place from 6 October  2021 to 3 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.

Please view the plan

Marchwood Bypass Location Plan

Preliminary Design Drawings

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Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle

SO23 8UD