Residents, businesses, commuters and visitors are invited to submit their views on proposals for bus priority improvements to the western end of Bishopstoke Road in Eastleigh.
Hampshire County Council opened the survey on 24 September for four weeks and people can take part online at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfbishopstokeroadimprovements
Anyone who does not use the internet can request a paper copy by calling 0300 555 1388.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We want to improve bus facilities and networks to encourage people to choose to leave the car at home and catch the bus for work or leisure journeys. We’re keen to gather views on the Bishopstoke Road proposals from as many people as possible, before we finalise any plans.”
The aim of the proposed scheme is to deliver infrastructure improvements to give buses priority over other traffic at Riverside and Chicken Hall Lane junctions and provide a ‘bus only’ lane between the two junctions on the Westbound side of the road i.e. from Fair Oak to Eastleigh. If agreed, the scheme would include improved waiting and real-time information facilities at bus stops.
The Bishopstoke corridor is a key route to the centre of Eastleigh, and onto Southampton for local communities living immediately to the east of the town e.g. Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath.
In March 2020 the County Council welcomed news of the successful funding bid to the Department for Transport, made jointly with Southampton City Council, for investment designed to improve walking, cycling and public transport within the Southampton region.
The Department for Transport awarded £57 million to the Southampton City region from its Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). This funding is for making investment to bring about improvement to cycleways, footways and road crossings and establish Local Mobility Hubs in key areas.
Cllr Humby added: “This is a significant level of transport funding that will help us provide the infrastructure to transform people’s journeys whether they travel by bus, cycle or walk. It also supports our commitment to tackling climate change, contributing to our target to be carbon neutral by 2050 and resilient to a 2 degrees rise in temperature.”
For more information visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfsouthampton