Park Road South

Transforming Cities Fund - capacity improvements in Havant

Last update: November 2023

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Planned Night-time Working

From Monday 27 November to Thursday 30 November, a full southbound road closure will be in place from Solent Road to Langstone Roundabout to undertake resurfacing works as part of the ongoing Park Road South improvements scheme.

The works will take place overnight from 8pm with the road reopening at 5am each day to all traffic.  The completion of works is subject to weather conditions and may require us to extend the closure to be in effect on Friday 1 December.

National Highways are also working in the Havant area on the A27 junction 5 and will be implementing temporary lane and road closures during the same period to undertake cores and testing for carriageway improvements. For details regarding the National Highways closures of A27 Junction 5 please contact their General Enquiries line on 0300 123 5000 or email [email protected].

Hampshire County Council have worked with National Highways to minimise the impact on road users and have linked diversion routes and signage where applicable.  Please view the plan for the diversion routes.

Hampshire County Council have appointed Mildren Construction Ltd. to carry out the main works for improvements on Park Road South, Havant between Solent Road and A27 Langstone Roundabout.

Scheme Construction Works

Key Dates

  • Preparatory works started: Monday 18 September;
  • Main construction works started: Friday 29 September;
  • Expected construction completion: Winter 23/24.

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic management and signage will be in place for the full duration of the works to help maintain safety for the public and the workforce.

The traffic management requirements include a southbound lane closure and towards the latter end of the construction programme overnight full closures of the southbound carriageway (3-4 nights) to undertake resurfacing, lining and traffic signal works.  Advance notice of the overnight closures will be provided and will be signed at the appropriate times with diversion routes in place to assist traffic and pedestrian movements.

Tree Clearance Works
Monday 25 September, the appointed contractor ‘Foremost Tree Surgeons’ carried out the tree clearance works.

Following an inspection of the wider area by a County Council arboriculturist, a high proportion of the trees adjacent to or within the site are ash and have been found to be suffering from Ash Die Back. For safety these trees will need to be removed and as a result of this, the trees to the front of the bank will be exposed to strong coastal winds and therefore will also need to be felled for safety. All trees that can be retained safely will be.

To mitigate the loss of trees, replanting will be carried out in the next planting season, with a broader range of species and in greater numbers. Following replanting there will be a net increase in trees in the site area.

See the extent of the tree clearance works.

Construction Information Pack
Details of the construction works can be found in the Construction Information pack, including the aims and benefits of the scheme, the works programme and traffic management arrangements.

Scheme overview

The scheme proposes widening the road on Park Road South between Solent Road and the A27 Langstone Road roundabout. The Park Road South traffic approaching the A27 roundabout experiences morning and afternoon peak congestion with queues regularly stretching back into the town centre. This scheme will add network capacity providing journey time savings to benefit southbound vehicle movements including buses accessing Hayling Island and the A27 to Emsworth and Chichester to the East and Portsmouth to the West.

Key scheme features include;

  • Reducing the speed limit along the affected section of Park Road South, from the current National Speed Limit to 30mph, consistent with the rest of Park Road South, making the area a safer and more attractive route for walking.
  • Provision of a new bus shelter relocated to an appropriate location for the revised bus stop area.
  • Widening the pavement, will make it safer and pleasanter for people walking along this route and provide access to those that travel to/from Bosmere Junior School including the Park and Stride scheme between Tesco and school.
  • Widening the Park Road South southbound road from the existing bus stop layby to provide a third lane approaching the A27 roundabout to provide a longer dedicated left turn lane for eastbound A27 traffic towards Emsworth and Chichester.

 Approval to progress with implementation of the scheme was given at the Executive Member for Environment and Transport Decision Day 10 March 2022.
Feedback Survey Results

The report summarises key findings from the feedback survey which took place from 22 September to 19 October 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 Park Road South capacity 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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