We are developing a network of cycleways and cycle paths to link together the main areas of the borough with locations such as local schools, retail areas and industry, as well as to the surrounding area.

Many of the new cycleways and cycle paths which have recently been added to the growing network have been paid for by the developers of new housing areas, retail parks and business estates.

Future development work for improving both cycling and walking will be guided by the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).

Cycle paths and cycleways are shared with other users such as pedestrians (and sometimes equestrians), and all users should treat each other with courtesy as they travel.

This includes keeping dogs under control, and keeping to the correct side of the path where a white centre line separates cyclists from other users.

For walkers we are closely engaged with Natural England in the development and implementation of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail that will provide a 2,800 mile long route around the coast of England; when complete by the end of 2024.

We have helped Natural England with the design of an improvement scheme in Emsworth, working with local community representatives and Chichester Harbour Conservancy to overcome a break in the trail that would otherwise occur at high tide.

Walking and cycling schemes

Below is a selection of the walking and cycle schemes we have been working on both now, into the future and over the past few years. 

In progress

We expect to be implementing some of the schemes listed in the ‘in design’ section shortly. Keep checking back to this page for up to date information.

In design

Community Infrastructure Levy funded schemes (directly funded by HBC)

  • Hambledon Road / Elettra Avenue / Milton Road: a CIL-funded package of works to extend and connect the cycle routes around the Milton Road roundabout including the first stage of a new segregated cycle route along Hambledon Road which will eventually connect to the route towards Denmead. Expected implementation in stages expected to start in 2024.
  • Bushy Lease, Leigh Park: upgrading of existing footpath network along with new route to link Park House Farm Way to Fitzwygram Way, the next stage of our aspiration to create a direct Havant to Waterlooville active travel route closely following the Hermitage Stream. We expect to make a planning application for the works in Spring 2024.
  • Warblington footbridge: the council is committed to providing funding for a new footbridge at Warblington station to provide a means of crossing when the level crossing gates are down. This will help access to the school and between the two platforms, and will reduce severance caused by the long periods when the gates are lowered. The preliminary design stage, by Network Rail, was completed in Winter 2023/2024.
  • Rusty Cutter link road: the Council is progressing a design with National Highways to provide an off-road cycle track and other congestion relief measures on the road linking the ‘tear drop’ junction on the A27 at Broadmarsh with the ’Rusty Cutter’ roundabout at Bedhampton. This would improve measures for active travel by providing a direct off-road route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Harts Farm Way and Havant Road, avoiding the need to go round the large roundabout.
  • Hayling Billy Trail (on Hayling): by the end of 2023 we completed a detailed feasibility study, looking at the engineering options for making the Trail a viable part of the Island’s active travel infrastructure. We also implemented a new route across Sinah Common. The Council is investing £50,000 of CIL funding towards this, together with another £50,000 from the County Council. For more information about this project, see the dedicated project page.

Hampshire County Council funded highway schemes

Some of these schemes are being designed by HBC’s CELT team, others by Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) own Engineering Consultancy

Find out more details about current, proposed and recently completed HCC projects in the borough.