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 2021.
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.
- Barncroft Way and New Road - a new off-road cycle track filling a missing link in the route between Havant town centre and Park Community School.
- Emsworth Cycles and Crossings - an extensive programme delivered over 3 years with pedestrian and cycle improvements to routes on Havant Road, New Brighton Road and Horndean Road, including cycle lanes, toucan crossings and off road routes.
- Hayling Island Pedestrian and Cycle Improvements Phase 1 - junction improvements at Tournerbury Lane and a new puffin crossing in Elm Grove.
- Langstone Road cycle link - a new off-road cycle track along the west side of Langstone Road, linking the Hayling Billy Trail to Langstone Technology Park.
- Sea front (Beachlands), Hayling Island - a section of off-road cycle track filling in a missing link on the route along the seafront of the Island.
- Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville - extension of the off-road cycle track from Shaftesbury Avenue to Philip Road.
- Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville - creation of a new off-road cycle track between Cornelius Drive and Grassmere Way.
- Warblington School link - a brand new route running alongside the railway between Southleigh Road and School Lane, giving direct off road access to Havant town centre from south Denvilles; part of National Cycle Network route 2.
- Scratchface Lane bridle path (Hillmead Gardens, Bedhampton to College Road, Purbrook): upgrade of the existing bridleway, making it wider and with better drainage, to act as an alternative to other routes alongside busy roads. Started February 2021 for 15 weeks.
- Hayling Island Pedestrian and Cycle Improvements Phase 2 - path improvements in Hayling Park, Mengham and Gable Head.
- Hooks Row link - a new walking and cycling link between Park Lane and Barncroft Way in Leigh Park, upgrading a former unsurfaced path. The route links to the Hermitage Stream cycle route and provides a shared route to Barncroft Primary School and the Park Lane Medical Centre. We still have some tie-in work either end to complete, which we will be able to once the pandemic lockdown is lifted.
- New Road to Elmleigh Road - a new off-road cycle track to link Havant College with the railway station, funded from CIL.