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Segensworth Accessibility Improvements Completed

A partnership scheme between Hampshire County Council and the Segensworth Business Forum which improves accessibility for pedestrian cyclists and bus users in the Segensworth Business areas has recently been completed.


The improvements have been jointly funded by the Segensworth Business Forum and the County Council, and include new footways in place of grass verges on Barnes Wallis Road and Brunel Way with a new pedestrian link from Barnes Wallis Road via Jacaranda Close to Segensworth Road which provides a valuable link to the existing bus stops near the site of the Office of National Statistics. 


The scheme also includes improvements to form a new pedestrian and cycle route between the Segensworth East and West areas, which avoids the busy Segensworth roundabout.  The route links Little Park Farm Road in Segensworth West with Brunel Way in Segensworth East, and utilises the existing underpass under the M27/A27 link road to provide a pleasant walking and cycling route on a good surface with lighting.  As part of a separate project the Business Forum are providing cctv monitoring on parts of the route to maintain security for users and businesses. 


The County Council has recently approved the installation of a new Toucan crossing on the A27 Southampton Road near the A3051 Botley Road roundabout, together with signed routes to Swanwick railway station and the Segensworth business areas which will improve pedestrian and cycle access between the these areas, the local public transport facilities and the residential areas in Park Gate, and Locks Heath.  Work on this is expected to start in March 2013, and once completed will contribute towards improved accessibility in the area.


SBF Chairman, Mark Sutton is delighted that the scheme is now complete. “Businesses identified improved access as one of the key issues in Segensworth. This scheme is part of our long term and continued objectives to address these requirements.  We will continue to identify where we can improve access as well as helping to promote greener travel options throughout the estates.”



Councillor Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: "The construction of these footpaths and pedestrian and cycle links shows how the public and private sector can work together for the benefit of the community.  Once complete, walking and cycling in the area will be easier and safer and offer a viable alternative to driving for shorter, local journeys.  I’d like to congratulate the Segensworth Business Forum on their recent success as a Business Improvement District for a second term, and I look forward to working with them on other projects in the future."


The improvements in the Segensworth Business areas have cost £265,000, with a substantial contribution of being made by the Segensworth business forum. 


The scheme was carried out by contractors Graham Moyse Ltd and Hope and Clay Construction Ltd.