Waterside Strategy

Last update: July 2021

Strategy Overview
The survey is now closed and the information pack is still available to view. Initial consultation findings will be published as part of a Waterside transport update report to the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment in November and the full consultation findings report will be published in due course.

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.

A decision was made was made in November 2020 to carry out a public consultation on the Waterside Transport Strategy.



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.

Your feedback will help to inform the approach that the County Council takes to develop the Strategy and Schemes.


The Transport Waterside Strategy

Please read the information pack before completing the survey.

A Transport Strategy for Waterside is needed which responds to current and future transport needs and challenges to provide and support the area’s transport infrastructure. This will take into account local and national requirements, and will be set against environmental and economic priorities. The Strategy will help to guide important investment decisions and shape the approach to planning and delivering transport along the Waterside Corridor.

The data that underpins the development of the Strategy is contained in the Evidence Base.

See the information pack for the Transport Waterside Strategy.

A326 Improvements

Please read the information pack for the improvements to the A326 in the Waterside area which are being brought forward in two phases as follows:

  1. The first phase is fully funded improvements to key junctions on a more southerly section between Main Road, Dibden and Church Lane, Fawley, linked to the Fawley Waterside development.
  2. Funding is still to be secured for the second phase, following an initial bid to the DfT Large Local Majors fund. However, views are sought on proposed improvement options for a more northerly section, between Michigan Way, west Totton and Sizer Way at Applemore as part of this consultation.
Junction Road, Totton Level Crossing

There is a potential increase in downtime of the level crossing on Junction Road in central Totton associated with the possible re-opening of the Waterside railway line to passenger services and the increase in freight services that could result from future port-related development on the Waterside.

As part of this consultation, we are seeking views on the impact that the level crossing has on the local area and a series of concept options that have been identified for potentially changing or closing the level crossing.

See the information pack for more information.

Reintroducing a Passenger Rail Service on the Fawley (freight) branch line

There have been various calls to re-open the freight-only railway line from Totton to Fawley for passenger use in recent years, and in the light of the significant potential development in the Waterside area the County Council submitted a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) to the Department for Transport (DfT) in February 2021. Three service options for re-opening the line to passenger services were presented in the SOBC and as part of this consultation we are seeking feedback on those options as well as other related considerations.

More information about Hampshire County Council’s bid to the Department for Transport’s Restoring Your Railway Fund can be found here including the full SOBC that was submitted to the DfT earlier this year.

See the information pack for further details.

Active Travel – Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure

The Draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), as set out in 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.

A network of primary and secondary routes along the Waterside Corridor has been identified through workshop events and supporting data (e.g. key locations, traffic flows). Additionally, County Council highways engineers together with Sustrans, audited the primary and secondary network to assess the barriers to cycling and the potential options for overcoming them.

Have your say

The survey is now closed and the information pack is still available to view. The findings report will be published in the new future.


Contact us
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle

SO23 8UD