WALKING and cycling improvements have been proposed for a busy stretch of Hampshire road.

Hampshire County Council is asking local people who live along the A27 corridor for their views on proposals to improve walking and cycling infrastructure at several junctions.

The proposals would see continuous footways created along the A27 in Park Gate and Portchester by raising part of the side road to facilitate a level crossing for pedestrians and, where feasible, cyclists.  ’Give Way’ lining could also be provided before the crossing to give pedestrians priority.

The aim of the scheme is to make walking and cycling easier and safer along the A27 by giving pedestrians and cyclists priority over the traffic.

These proposals are being considered as a first step in a longer term aim to improve the attractiveness of walking and cycling in the area through the provision of high standard pedestrian and cycle facilities along the A27.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has changed travel patterns and behaviour, and many people are cycling and walking more.

"This is a critical time to consider changes to our roads to support a prosperous, healthy and green recovery from Covid-19 - making it easier for people to sustain healthier lifestyles, whilst supporting local businesses, and helping to meet the County Council’s carbon reduction targets as part of our Climate Change Strategy.”

The proposed schemes being consulted would be at junctions Allotment Road (Park Gate), Addison Road (Park Gate), Birdwood Gardens (Portchester), Beaulieu Avenue (Portchester), Nelson Avenue (Portchester), and Westlands Grove (Portchester).

An online survey has been made available seeking residents' views on the plans.

To take part, visit www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/atfa27footwayimprovements.