Waterside Transport Strategy and Schemes

Schemes and Proposals in the Waterside Area

Last update: May 2024

Adopted Transport Strategy

Hampshire County Council is developing a transport strategy that covers all the main modes of transport in the Waterside area of the New Forest. This aims to build on the adopted Waterside Interim Transport Policy of November 2017.
In parallel, a number of funding bids and schemes are being developed for transport improvements in the Waterside area.
decision was made was made in November 2020 to carry out a public consultation on the Waterside Transport Strategy. 

Please view the draft Waterside Transport Strategy and Action Plan ahead of the Executive Lead Member for Transport and Environment Strategy Decision Day on Monday 7 November 2022.



The Waterside area is peninsular in nature with the A326 being the main road connecting the 60,000 residents and businesses in Marchwood, Hythe, Dibden, Fawley and Totton with the wider Solent and UK, with up to 30,000 vehicles travelling along parts of the corridor each day.

The Waterside area already boasts existing nationally significant infrastructure assets that have proposals for expansion and redevelopment, alongside substantial additional plans for new development, which would also have national significance.

As the Waterside area continues to evolve, a transport strategy is needed which responds to current and future transport needs and challenges to provide and support the area’s transport infrastructure to manage growth effectively at a local level, whilst providing resilient connections to the wider regional and national strategic transport networks.

The Waterside Transport Strategy
Following a decision made in November 2020, a public engagement on a draft Waterside Transport Strategy was carried out during summer 2021. The engagement is now closed but further information is available below.    To view the Waterside Strategy Evidence Base, please visit the Strategies Transport scheme web page.

The reportsummarises key findings from the feedback survey which took place from 28 June to 28 August 2021. This was an opportunity for local residents and businesses to provide their views on the Waterside Strategy.

The following information packs accompanying the closed survey are still available to view:

Active Travel – Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

Hampshire County Council has prepared a LCWIP report (for the Waterside area of the New Forest District). This sets out the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, is a new, strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements required at a local level to encourage more people to cycle or walk for local journeys thereby providing a healthy alternative to the car for travel to work, local services or schools.

Hampshire County Council formally approved this LCWIP on Decision Day 7 November 2022. Please view the Decision Report.

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