New pedestrian and cycle route between Hitches Lane and Fleet Town
Wednesday 06 March 2013
Work has started on Fleet's first off-road pedestrian and cycle route from Hitches Lane to Fleet Town Centre.
When completed, this new route will be 1.8 kilometres long and link into the existing cycle route on Hitches Lane. It will continue alongside Calthorpe Park Secondary School and on to Tavistock Infants School, through Calthorpe Park and across the Reading Road North signal crossing and then into The Views, linking to Victoria Road and Fleet Town Centre.
Councillor Mel Kendal, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: "We have worked closely with both the District and Town Councils, local councillors and residents in developing this scheme, that builds on the work that has previously been carried out on Reading Road North. The completed scheme will provide a safe and easy alternative route for pedestrians to walk and cycle to access the Town Centre, the parks and its facilities, the leisure and sports centre and the local schools.
"Some disruption while the work is taking place will be unavoidable and we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause but, in doing so, hope that people can bear with us during the construction period which will allow us complete these important local improvements."
An improved off road route for pedestrians and cyclists between Hitches Lane and Fleet Town Centre, was one of the improvements identified in the Fleet Town Access Plan. The scheme was developed by Hampshire County Council working in close partnership with Hart District Council and Fleet Town Council and in consultation with local residents.
The scheme is being funded by the County Council's successful bid for Government funding from the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund, together with developer contributions. The objectives of the Government's fund are to reduce congestion at peak times, and to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.
Mildren Construction Ltd has been contracted to carry out the work which is expected to be completed during August 2013.