Traffic congestion is a worsening problem in Liphook. The village square has become clogged with vehicles, local businesses are continually hampered by the growing volume of cars and Bohunt School parents have to deal with dangerously fast-moving traffic, while dropping off and picking up their children.
The proposed Western Relief Road would alleviate the village centre of traffic and pollution as volumes increase over future years.
A NEW RELIEF ROAD
From research, the Northcott Trust believes that some of the current congestion problems can be addressed by the creation of a local relief road extending between an existing junction on Portsmouth Road and the new Longmoor Road roundabout.
The road would skirt around Liphook and accommodate a significant majority of Bohunt School traffic, as well as LUFC staff and players, and users of the rail station coming from the north and west of the village. It would also provide an alternative route to the A3 from the south that avoids the square, and a new route to Liphook golf course from the A3.
The Northcott Trust would work closely with the SDNPA, EHDC, HCC and the Parish Council to ensure that the road design and location is appropriate and sensitive to the National Park. Infrastructure construction is permitted within the National Park under special circumstances and we believe this road would meet those criteria.
BENEFITS TO LIPHOOK
- The road would relieve a significant amount of traffic from the square, providing a new route to the A3 from the south, new access for Bohunt School parents & pupils, a new route to the golf course from the A3 and an alternate way around Liphook during peak times or congestion.
- The road would help prepare Liphook for a growing influx of vehicles as new housing projects are completed in the village and in Bordon, which will use the station as its primary transport hub.
- The road would link with new facilities, including, potentially a new mini-market.
- The road would provide enhanced access, parking and a safer pick-up location for Bohunt School.
- The road could include parking for new National Park public footpaths, improving access.
- It can create a gateway to health and well-being for school pupils and the public with new direct access to the open countryside and environment of the National Park.