Residents, businesses, commuters and visitors are invited to have their say on proposed cycling improvements in Eastleigh between Eastleigh Railway Station and Southampton Airport Parkway Railway Station.
Hampshire County Council launched the survey on 12 July for four weeks and people can take part online: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/tcfeastleightowncentrecycleroute
Anyone who does not use the internet can request a paper copy by calling 0300 555 1388.
The aim of the proposed scheme is to provide a continuous cycle route, between Parkway Station on Wide Lane (A335) and Eastleigh Town Centre, by improving crossing facilities, signage and access. The route would incorporate the roads parallel to the A335, enabling cyclists to avoid this busy road.
Councillor Rob Humby, the County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and the Environment, said: “We want to improve facilities and networks for cyclists and, in turn, encourage more people to leave the car at home and either cycle, or walk, for their local journeys. We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible, through this survey.”
The finished scheme, if agreed, would link to existing cycle and pedestrian routes (including Southampton City Council’s Cycle Network “SCN” route 7).
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 in walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure within the Southampton region.
The Department for Transport awarded £57 million to the Southampton City region from its Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). This investment will also support plans to improve road crossings across the region and establish Local Mobility Hubs in key areas. Hubs are planned for Eastleigh within the town centre and Southampton Airport Parkway, which could be in place by March 2023.
Local Mobility Hubs in many locations offer a combination of cycle hire, e-car (electric car) club vehicles and e-scooters, in addition to high quality cycle parking and public transport services for the local community. Where demand is identified, there may also be opportunities for hubs to offer facilities such as cafes or ‘pop-up’ retail units and as well as act as ‘click & collect’ points for a range of retailers and services.
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 cycle, walk or travel by bus. 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