We are working with Hampshire County Council and Sustrans to produce our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which will replace our existing cycle strategy and walking strategy.
This work will help us identify infrastructure requirements relating to new development we need to implement as a matter of priority, as funding becomes available.
A draft of the LCWIP was produced to support the County Council’s bid to the Department for Transport for funding from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), a £1.28bn national funding stream designed to support the development of public transport, walking and cycling.
A revised TCF bid for the Portsmouth area (including Fareham, Gosport and Havant) made in 2020 was successful which means some of the walking and cycling improvements in the draft LCWIP can now be implemented. More details about the Transforming Cities Fund bid are available on the Portsmouth City Council website.
The LCWIP will identify a network of primary and secondary cycle routes. These are the main routes connecting main destinations and places of interest such as schools, stations, employment centres and shopping areas.
Other feeder routes will be identified later. As a first stage of this work we are publishing our Aspirational 2036 Cycle Network Map.
This is a version of our existing Cycle Map which shows what the cycle network might look like in 2036; the end date of the new Local Plan.
We are also publishing, alongside this aspirational map, an additional plan for making the cycle network more understandable by introducing a system of route numbering which would be applied to wayfinding along the routes highlighted.
The value of the LCWIP is that if a development site comes forward we will have been able to decide and plan in advance what the sustainable transport connections for that site will be, and so will be able to obtain funding to implement the work.
In terms of cycle routes this might be (for example) whether, given expected traffic volumes, the most appropriate solution is an on-road or off-road facility.
Funding would be from a variety of sources which may of course change over time with government policy. Currently we would look to Section 106 or 278 agreements with developers, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or other dedicated funds (such as the Transforming Cities Fund).
Following delays to the awarding of the TCF funding, and generally because of the pandemic, release of the draft LCWIP for public consultation has been delayed and is currently expected to be held in spring 2021. Details of the consultation will be published on this page so make sure you sign up for updates.
In the meantime, if you have any observations on the aspirational map or the LCWIP please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include any comments and observations into the main consultation later.