We are designing a new cycle track which is planned to run along the west side of Langstone Road south of the A27.
This is so that cyclists from Hayling on National Cycle Route 2 wishing to travel to destinations west and north-west of Havant do not have to cross the busy Langstone Road but can access National Cycle Network route 22 at the Technology Park.
Flow data demonstrates heavy use of the west side of the road for cyclists accessing destinations to the north and west of Havant.
This alone could save them up to 10 minutes on the alternative route via the currently signposted National Cycle Routes around the town centre.
The project is being delivered in stages, and we have now started site work on Phase 2 from 1 October 2018.
Who has approved the scheme?
The scheme was added into the Hampshire Transport Statement in 2010 and re-confirmed by the County Council as highway authority in 2013.
Phases of project
What community engagement events were held to assist in designing and delivering this cycle path?
As a minor value scheme (under £50,000 at the time of design) we do not hold specific engagement events. We wrote to all frontagers affected by the proposals (including in the side roads), issued statements on the council website, and wrote to local democratic representatives and the Residents Associations covering the area.
What feedback did you receive regarding the design of this cycle path?
We encouraged people to respond to the proposals in the letter drops and other communications we issued. From the responses we received, a number of themes emerged which are covered in the summary of responses.
What standards did you use to design this cycle path?
It may come as a surprise that there are no standards for providing cycle infrastructure.
This is because the majority of implementations are retro-fitted onto roads which are not designed for such work. For example, in Park Road North in 2014 we changed the road layout from 2 wide lanes to 3 narrow traffic lanes to give us the space to build an off road cycle track.
We did not have the space to implement the suggested 3.0m wide lanes at that location, but were able to provide 2.5m wide lanes which have worked well.
The guidelines allow flexibility which means that implementations can be made even if they are not ideal in every situation. The physical works were designed according to Hampshire County Council’s standard construction.
So how does this scheme measure up against the standards available?
As stated above, there are no standards to measure against, other than standard methods of engineering construction. However it is possible to reflect on the scheme against the guidelines that are available.
We have been able to achieve a 2.5m wide track by converting the existing west side footway to shared use, which was already this wide – it just needed the grass to be cut back from the edges to reveal the original edge.
However at Langbrook Close and north to the entrance to Langstone Technology Park we were able to do more work, widening the track to 3m minimum. We cannot widen to the back of the footways because these are demarked by residential property.
The carriageway carries over 27,000 vehicles per day which means we cannot take space form the carriageway without compromising capacity on the only road onto Hayling Island.
Was a safety audit for this cycle path carried out, and is a copy available?
The scheme was subject to a number of safety audits.
This section runs from Mill Lane north to the Technology Park access and took 4 weeks to build during October 2018. The contractor was Rocon Contractors Ltd from Bramley.
Most of the shared cycle track south of Langbrook Close can be created without any physical change to the existing footway which is already 2.5m wide or thereabouts.
However just south of Langbrook Close the presence of a mature horse chestnut tree has damaged the footway and narrowed it so that cycles cannot pass in safety. In the short term a pinch point, which is clearly signposted for cyclists to give way to other users, will be maintained at this location, but in future it is possible we may either be able to remove the tree or carry out work on the carriageway to provide a long-term solution.
In the southern half of the Langbrook Close junction we have removed the northbound entry flare in the same way we removed the exit flare last year. This allowed us to widen the footway on the approach to Langbrook Close to 3m to create a safer crossing point with a shorter distance for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the side road. New drainage has been installed, and a new area of grass verge has been created.
The crossing point at Langstone Technology Park has been rebuilt to modern standards with enough width to allow people to safely wait to cross the road without overhanging the traffic lanes and to increase entry width for traffic.
Elsewhere we have provided local improvements at The Mallards and at Mill Lane to clarify the crossing and access points to improve inter-visibility between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
A third stage of the project will infill the gap between the Langstone Technology Park access road and National Cycle Route 22 at the A27 subway by converting the footway alongside Langstone Road and the A27 slip road into a shared cycle track, which will complete the staged build of this important cycle network link.
We are in discussion with Highways England as to options for this infill section, which we hope to build in 2019.
We have now completed stage 1 of the project. This widened the footway to a minimum of 3m (10 feet) which will allow its future designation as a shared cycle track.
The resulting new kerb alignment, which has taken about 0.5m from the carriageway, is designed to assist buses pulling into the bus stop to do so parallel to the kerb, thus assisting accessibility for passengers. A new bus shelter has been provided.
The crossing point at Langbrook Close has been rebuilt to modern standards with enough width to allow people to safely wait to cross the road without overhanging the traffic lanes. The crossing point at Southbrook Road will be similarly rebuilt in a future phase.
Work on this stage of the scheme (Langbrook Close to the Technology Park entrance) started on site from Tuesday 1st August 2017 and was completed on 22nd September. The contractor was Lockhams Construction Ltd based at Shedfield.
For clarity, the stage 1 scheme now completed, whilst delivering the physical infrastructure for the future cycle track, won’t actually be designated as such yet – the status change will occur when the other stages have been built.