Hampshire County Council has approved millions of pounds worth of investment to upgrade transport infrastructure in the southern area of Farnborough to deliver a range of travel and related health benefits for residents.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, has given the go ahead to a £9.928 million North Camp Farnborough Growth Package.
In agreeing the recommendations, Cllr Humby said: “It is clear that this package will relieve congestion, improve cycling and walking networks in the area and enable more reliable bus service journey times for residents, commuters and visitors. Furthermore, I believe the schemes will support Hampshire's work to reduce carbon emissions and contribute to the wellbeing of local residents by promoting a greener and healthier approach to travel and the physical environment, so there are wider benefits to be gained.
“I am pleased to note that throughout the planning stages of this project, transport planners and engineers have worked closely with and listened to residents and businesses, taking on board feedback to earlier proposals before arriving at a final design which will allow the scheme objectives to be met without the need to remove so many trees, as well as accommodate requests to maintain parking provision.”
The decision report details the three schemes that will form the Farnborough Growth Package:
Lynchford Road Improvement Scheme (Phase 1)
Active Travel Fund – Old Lynchford Road
Blackwater Gold Grid – Alexandra Road
Consultation on all elements of the package was carried out in spring 2021 with people being largely supportive of the expected benefits of the schemes. It is planned that the three schemes will be delivered under a single contract so that the work can be co-ordinated effectively to minimise disruption and enable cost efficiencies to be achieved.
In identifying Farnborough as a Growth Town, the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has allocated £6.7 million towards the improvement scheme, with the balance of funding coming from Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 grant, and developer contributions.