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MULTI-MILLION POUND INVESTMENT IN SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT SCHEMES FOR SURREY AND HAMPSHIRE

  • Enterprise M3 has committed £4.35 million of investment for Sustainable Transport Schemes in 2015/16 across Surrey and Hampshire

  • Eleven schemes that demonstrated they would deliver measurable benefits to improve economic development in the region were approved 

  • Schemes approved include projects to enable greater connectivity with employment centres, improving accessibility to growth towns and expanding Wi-Fi provision on buses to facilitate mobile working for the business community 

Enterprise M3, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the M3 corridor, today announced it has awarded a funding package of £4.35 million for the development of Sustainable Transport Schemes in 2015/16 across Surrey and Hampshire.  

The schemes were specifically selected because they met essential criteria with regard to the economic benefits they would bring to the region, along with significant environmental benefits.  The investment in 11 sustainable transport schemes by Enterprise M3 will unlock a further £9.043 million of matched funding to ensure the successful execution of these projects.  

The projects awarded funding include initiatives to improve connectivity with employment centres, improving accessibility to growth towns and expanding Wi-Fi provision on buses to facilitate mobile working for the business community.  Schemes will also deliver long-term environmental benefits, encouraging greater take up of cycling through the expansion and development of dedicated cycling routes along with improving pedestrian access throughout the Enterprise M3 area.    

Geoff French, Chair of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, commented:  “The ability of sustainable and environmental transport schemes to unlock economic growth and development is too often overlooked.  Investing in sustainable transport schemes, such as pedestrian walkways and cycle routes that can help reduce the economic cost of congestion is extremely valuable in Surrey and Hampshire.  Giving commuters access to Wi-Fi on public transport provides a significant benefit, enabling them to work and access vital information on the move.  Investment in these schemes reinforces our commitment, as a LEP, to further developing the region’s vital infrastructure which, in turn, will help support even more economic growth.”  

The Sustainable Transport schemes to receive funding in 2015/16 include:

Green Grid & Green Loop

This project is for the design of two new cycling and walking routes which will provide a high quality link between existing residential areas, the new town centre, the new secondary school (proposed for delivery by 2018), employment areas and new residential neighbourhoods in the Whitehill & Bordon area.  The delivery of the scheme will be bid for in 2016/17.

Bordon-Liss Link section of Shipwrights Way

This scheme will deliver a new multi-user route running from Whitehill & Bordon to Greatham where it will connect with existing multi-user routes towards Liss where rail links enable connectivity to employment centres. 

Guildford Riverside Route – Phase 1 (A25 Woodbridge Road to A320 Woking Road)

This scheme delivers a 1.24 kilometre high-quality, traffic-free cycling and walking route along the River Wey & Godalming Navigations towpath around Parsonage Watermeadows in Guildford. The scheme links the A25 Woodbridge Road to the A320 Woking Road.

Andover Accessibility Improvements – Newbury Street, Upper High Street and Chantry Street

The proposal will improve the attractiveness of and accessibility in the Step-Up town of Andover. It will provide pedestrian crossing points, wider footways, disabled parking and environmental enhancements and upgrade of existing street furniture. 

Package of pedestrian, cycling and accessibility measures in Basingstoke 

The proposal consists of a package of sustainable measures to improve pedestrian, cycling and accessibility in the Sci:Tech Growth Town of Basingstoke. 

Fleet Station Access Improvements – Fleet Road and Waterfront Business Park Junction 

The measure will improve better access to Fleet Station and the adjoining Waterfront Business Park. This will be achieved by providing toucan crossing south of Fleet Road/Business Park junction and upgrading of existing footway to shared use linking to Fleet Station. 

Petersfield to Queen Elizabeth Country Park Cycle Route 

The improvement will provide a cycle route linking Petersfield with the Queen Elizabeth Country Park and the existing cycle facility linking the Country Park to Clanfield and Horndean. 

Wi-Fi improvements and on-bus audio-visual 

This improvement will provide free Wi-Fi for passengers at five of the most heavily used rail stations in the LEP area in partnership with train operator South West Trains (Woking, Guildford, Basingstoke and Farnborough Main and Aldershot) and also equip bus routes in the Blackwater Valley, Basingstoke and Winchester areas with on-board free Wi-Fi, to enable bus passengers to make full productive use of travel time.  It will also equip bus routes in the Blackwater Valley, Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester area with the technology required to make audio-visual (A-V) next stop announcements on bus, to give confidence to occasional or infrequent bus travellers as to where to alight. 

Package of Accessibility, Cycling and Walking Improvements in the City of Winchester 

The proposal consists of a package of sustainable measures to improve walking, cycling and accessibility in Winchester City. 

Egham Sustainable Transport Package, Egham, Surrey

The proposal is for a package of sustainable transport measures comprising cycling and walking which will bring forward planned development opportunities and unlock further economic growth linked to a major transport improvement scheme at Runnymede Roundabout.

Blackwater Valley Better Connectivity

This proposal aims to provide better connectivity between local train stations and residential, business areas and town centers by improved walking and cycling infrastructure, upgrading existing routes or creating new routes providing a total of around 35km of new/improved infrastructure. A programme of improved bus passenger waiting infrastructure and information will also be provided to complement the scheme.

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Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

Enterprise M3 is a business-led Local Enterprise Partnership that is working to secure economic growth at sub-national level.

We bring together leaders from the business, public and not-for-profit sectors and provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth.

Our aim is to create the foundations on which our businesses can flourish. We strive to improve business productivity, increase jobs and maximise the number of businesses operating across Enterprise M3.

The Enterprise M3 area stretches from the hinterland of London to the New Forest. It covers four Growth Towns – Woking, Guildford, Farnborough and Basingstoke, the city of Winchester, and five Step-up Towns: Camberley, Staines-upon-Thames, Whitehill & Bordon, Andover and Aldershot.

In July this year Enterprise M3 was awarded an £118m Growth Deal from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. This funding includes £35m for 2015/16 that will support economic growth in the Enterprise M3 area, and see investment in key infrastructure projects across Surrey and Hampshire, capitalising on the skills and innovation in the Sci:Tech corridor.