1. TfSHIoW Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) Project - A Better Connected South Hampshire
TfSHIoW was awarded £17.84m of government funding as part of a £31.16m project. The project aims to realise mode shift from the private car to public transport and active modes, targeting access to our urban centres. In so doing, access to the international gateways will be strengthened and highway capacity will be released.
The proposals are being applied across South Hampshire and can be categorised under three inter-locking themes:
An interoperable smart ticket for bus and ferry travel
Area-wide and corridor-specific Travel Choice interventions, aimed at encouraging uptake of public transport, walking and cycling
Physical interventions along nine corridors and at interchanges (including Real Time Passenger Information, bus priority, and provision for cycling and walking).
These interventions will target nine corridors into Gosport, Portsmouth, and Southampton. The two cities are the economic centres for South Hampshire, yet access to both is congested – particularly in the peaks. As a peninsula, access to Gosport is constrained, and this needs to be relieved to help regenerate the area and support the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus. Further details are available in the Business Case. The interventions will provide a range of improvements including provision for pedestrians and cyclists, improvements at interchanges, and public transport
2. TfSHIoW Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF) Project – Your Journey: Making Travel Time Your Time
TfSHIoW was awarded £4.48m of government funding as part of a £7.37m project, which aims to raise the quality of bus travel, and through this, change perceptions of the bus, by addressing those features of bus travel that act as barriers to attracting new users and by providing facilities that will make bus travel a comparatively better option to the private car. The package of measures includes: Free on board internet on over 550 buses; Next Stop Audio-Visual Systems on 500 buses; LED Internal Lighting; Over 130 Bus Refurbishments; Apprenticeships; Improved Customer Services; Bus Priority Improvements on the A32 in Gosport (Brockhurst Roundabout and Crossways Junction); Marketing of the Bus; and Information provided through Near Filed Communication. Further details are available on the TfSHIoW website.
3. Phase 1a Bus Rapid Transit
TfSHIoW was awarded £20m as part of a £25m project which has significantly improved the quality, perception and provision of public transport in the Gosport peninsula with a high specification dedicated busway, state of the art buses, information provision and enhanced bus stop infrastructure. Improved service frequency and journey time reliability are key to the success of this project. The latest figures identify a 16% increase in bus patronage on the services replaced by the Eclipse with a 6% general increase in bus patronage in the Gosport peninsula. There has been close working with First Hampshire and Dorset throughout the development and delivery of the scheme to ensure maintenance of the highest standards for the customer throughout. The scheme is the first phase in a much wider project aimed at stimulating a step change in the economic prospects for south Hampshire by facilitating development at strategic sites, providing access to key destinations with a viable alternative to the private car, removing the transport barriers to growth and reducing overall carbon emissions.