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A Better Connected South Hampshire: LSTF project

March 2015: Project update

The documents below provide an update on progress in delivering the Better Connected South Hampshire LSTF project.

The Highlight Report in particular shows good progress and positive outcomes, particularly where infrastructure delivery has been combined with improvements in the provision of information and well targeted engagements with local schools, businesses and residents such as in Gosport.

2012/13 Highlight Report

May 2014

The Better Connected South Hampshire project aims to reduce the negative impact of traffic, make it easier for people to get to local employment, and improve air quality.

Helping people choose different ways to travel – particularly on shorter journeys – can save them money as well as having health benefits; reducing traffic on the roads means people and goods can move around more easily and this, in turn, can improve employment prospects as companies see south Hampshire as a great place to establish and grow a business. This report highlights some of the great work completed during the first year of funding.

Baseline monitoring report

February 2014

This document reports on the first year of the Better Connected South Hampshire LSTF programme, setting the baseline position with regards traffic levels, public transport usage and attitudes towards sustainable transport. This will form the basis against which the project will be evaluated over the remaining 2 years of the programme

Outcomes monitoring plan

October 2013

This document sets out the approach being taken to the monitoring and evaluation of the Better Connected programme:

About the Better Connected programme

This £31m project runs from early 2013 to March 2015. Regular updates on progress will be available to from this site. The project is part funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

Key elements of the project are:-

  • Physical improvements along nine roads to reduce congestion and improve public transport.
  • Enhancements at rail and bus stations to improve interchange between bus and rail services.
  • Bus priority measures to improve reliability
  • Real Time passenger information at bus stops and rail stations along with Smartphones and SMS text.
  • Measures to encourage cycling and walking eg. making junctions safer and easier to negotiate for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • New Smartcard initially covering all buses and ferries in the South Hampshire area.
  • Marketing and awareness campaign to encourage alternatives to car transport for some or all journeys.

The key outcomes expected from the project are:

  • Improved transport options for access to job opportunities for people without use of a car.
  • Reduced traffic congestion
  • Improved local air quality and reduced carbon emissions
  • Reduction in road casualties.
  • More reliable bus journey times.

Overall aims:

The programme has been designed to

  • Support sustainable economic growth within the urban South Hampshire area (including Portsmouth and Southampton).
  • Reduce carbon emissions.
  • Improve local air quality.

More about the project funding

The TfSH bid was accepted by the DfT in July 2012 as one of only 13 projects that received LSTF major scheme funding. Between 2013 and 2015 TfSH will receive £17.8m from the Government to support delivery of the Better Connnected project.

Technical document

This is the TFSH bid submission to the Department for Transport's Local Sustainable Transport Fund: