Rushington Roundabout Bus Priority Improvements
Transforming Cities Fund
Last update: June 2022
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Hampshire County Council has appointed Terrafirma to carry out advance highway investigation works on Marchwood Bypass as part of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) Rushington Roundabout scheme.
The investigation forms part of the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund programme and will help inform early-stage designs for the proposals which aim to improve pedestrian/cycling links and public transport infrastructure. The works will involve digging trial trenches to help confirm the location of utility services within the area.
To avoid delays on the road network, the works will commence on the evening of June 15 at 6:30pm and end on the morning of June 16 at 6am. To maximise safety, a single lane closure will be place on the Totton Bypass and Marchwood Bypass approach to Rushington Roundabout as well as a road closure with two-way traffic lights to control vehicle flow further south on Marchwood Bypass. Access to all roads and properties will be maintained.
- Scheme overview
This scheme comprises improvements to the highway that will offer priority to buses approaching Rushington Roundabout. These improvements include priority at traffic signals and a dedicated bus lane from the south connecting to Marchwood Bypass. The aim of the priority is to reduce bus journey times and improve reliability of bus journey times. The scheme has been identified as being on a key route between Southampton and those local communities along the Waterside. This is a busy route for travel to and from Southampton for commuters. The aim of the scheme is speed up bus journeys and give them advantage and to encourage commuters to change mode from cars to buses, thereby reducing air quality issues and congestion in the Waterside and onwards to Southampton Centre.
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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;Marchwood Bypass Bus Priority Improvements:
The aim of this scheme is to provide a bus only right turn lane from the A326 onto Marchwood Bypass, joining with Rushington Roundabout.
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 feedback survey is now closed and 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.
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