WORK is set to start later this month on a £229,000 makeover of Ringwood town centre to boost accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians
The project has been announced by Hampshire County Council, which is making the improvements.
The news was welcomed by town mayor Cllr Tony Ring who said: “I’m glad Ringwood Town Council has been able to contribute to this project.
“As we address the impacts of our activities on the environment, we welcome measures that will make it easier and safer for everyone to get to and from our town centre on foot or by bike.”
Changes will include:
- Resurfacing and widening Strides Lane footpath and installing new dropped kerbs
- Traffic-calming measures to create a gateway at the Market Place end of West Street
- Improved pedestrian crossing between the Furlong Shopping Centre and the Ringwood Gateway and town centre car parks
- Improved pedestrian crossing adjacent to the Ringwood Meeting House
The town centre work is in advance of Highways England’s major operation on the A31 to increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve safety.
Engineering due to begin in spring next year will widen the westbound carriageway and close the West Street access onto the A31. It will be followed by reversal of the one-way traffic flow in Meeting House Lane.
Cllr Rob Humby, HCC member for economy, transport and environment, said: “As a consequence of these Highway England works, Hampshire County Council has been working collaboratively with New Forest District Council and Ringwood Town Council to develop a programme of small-scale measures that support the Ringwood Town Access Plan.
“These measures will help improve pedestrian and cycle safety, while ensuring good access to the town remains after the closure of West Street.”
For more information about the improvement project, visit www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/ringwoodtownimprovements.
For more information on Highways England’s A31 road widening scheme visit highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a31-ringwood-road-widening/.
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