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Category: Government

Fleet Station Costs Skyrocket and Cycle Provision Delayed Severely

Today marks the start of National Customer Service Week but you’d be forgiven for shaking your head at that after finding out how much South West Trains and Network Rail have let costs escalate and delays mount for their train station at Fleet, Hampshire. The cost to “revitalise” Fleet train station has mushroomed an incredible 48% to £8,871,000 from an original…

Cycling on military land under review

The byelaws which govern public access to various UK military lands are being reviewed. I queried if any restrictions are being considered for cycling across military lands: Definitely a maybe on that… UPDATE 12 August 2014: See the correspondence section below for a letter received from the MoD. The aptly named ‘Byelaws Review Team’ at the Ministry of Defense…

Legacy of Tour de France: Car-centric local growth deals

On the day that the Tour de France cycling sport racers come to southern England, the government announce even more money to support the country’s car culture. Over £2 billion is going to be spent in 39 ‘local growth deals‘ including £118 million in towns like Basingstoke along the M3 corridor (aka ‘Enterprise M3‘) for example: Basingstoke North Corridor…

Please, sir, I want some more road danger reduction

The well known line from starving Oliver Twist, “Please, sir, I want some more” came to mind as I fired off yet another email to the elected councillors and council employees responsible for the design of the cycleway along Weyhill Road in Andover. The council state (my emphasis added): “The proposed scheme will implement a range of improvements…

Weyhill Cycleway Approved Without Dutch Quality

It has come to this: the cycleway proposal for Weyhill Road in Andover was approved yesterday by the roads authority, Hampshire County Council, specifically Councillor Seán Woodward, the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment. The works are proposed to start in September, with completion just before Christmas. The council’s stated aim of the now approved £230,000…

A pilot project to make a Hampshire town more liveable

A couple weeks ago, I said that the proposed shared space cycleway for Weyhill Road in Andover was a Box-ticking Bodge Boondoggle. The Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have received some money and are itching to spend it in order to say that they’ve “done something” for cycling. There is one tiny flaw in…