Popular footpath to be transformed into a shared use route for pedestrians and cyclists

Thursday, 4 July, 2019

Improvements to a popular school route in Bedhampton, Havant are taking place this summer thanks to Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.

The jointly funded £120,000 scheme to Hooks Row will see the loose stone path widened to 2.5 metres and resurfaced with asphalt, transforming it into a shared pedestrian/cycle route.

The footpath which runs between Barncroft Way and Park Lane, to the south of Barncroft Primary School, Bedhampton, will also benefit from the installation of an informal pedestrian crossing point on Barncroft Way.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “I am pleased we are able to improve this important route for local people. In our effort to improve air quality across Hampshire these pedestrian and cycle improvements will further enhance links within the local, and wider, cycle network which I hope will encourage more people to try active ways of travel.

“I am also pleased that we were able to commission work on this scheme from Havant Borough Council, to make use of their local knowledge and capacity to take on the work.”

Havant Borough Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet lead for Planning, Regeneration and Communities added "This footpath is an extremely popular route for locals and I am pleased to see this work underway.  Once completed it will improve access for individuals and families, either on foot, in a wheelchair or pushchair and of course to cyclists, all year round.

"The borough has a network of off-road cycleways and footpaths and we are looking to enhance those all the time whenever we can. We also have great links throughout the borough with the National Cycle Network route."

The scheme is due to be completed by early August.