Gosport Infrastructure Investment Plan 2019
Published in February 2019, this Solent Local Enterprise commissioned plan identifies the future economic infrastructure needs for Gosport to take advantage of the forthcoming release of a number of key development sites across the Borough.
Collectively these sites – at Daedalus, Fort Blockhouse, Royal Clarence Yard (Retained Area), Haslar Immigration Removal Centre, Royal Hospital Haslar and HMS Sultan – total over 100 hectares and thereby provide a significant spatial opportunity to help achieve a step change in Gosport’s economic prosperity.
However there are challenges to successfully bringing forward these sites for redevelopment and the overarching infrastructure themes and potential areas of investment are:
- Water, waste and flooding
- Tidal flooding defence works to Gosport waterfront
- Introduction of renewable energy generation facilities
- Improve vehicle access to and from the Gosport peninsula
- Expanded water based transport offer serving multiple locations across Gosport and potentially joining routes elsewhere across the Solent
- Expanded Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to serve more of the Gosport peninsula and potentially incorporated into a new Solent-wide transit system
- Next generation 5G mobile and ultra-fast broadband (100Mbps+) connectivity rolled out across Gosport
- Human capital and skills
- Provision of Higher Education facilities within Gosport
- Dedicated marine and maritime skills centre/training academy
- Dedicated hospitality skills centre/training academy
The plan also provides an opportunity to develop a renewed and refreshed economic vision for Gosport, drawing on its existing strengths and unique attributes. Four themes are introduced around which this vision can be developed:
- A more self-sufficient economy with a much larger employment base and broader range of job opportunities for Gosport residents
- The development and evolution of Gosport to become a global hub for marine and maritime activity
- Offering an attractive location to start-up, relocate and grow a business
- Enhance Gosport’s profile and reputation as a successful and attractive place to live and work, supported by a strong and more positive brand
Please see below for the published documents:
Making the Gosport peninsula more accessible
Information and updates on transport improvements for access to and from Gosport can be found on Hampshire County Council’s website, see
Overall these schemes form part of a £100m highways investment programme in the area.
The following is a summary of those improvements with links to more details on the schemes and the latest updates:
This proposed scheme seeks to improve the bus interchange facilities at the Gosport Ferry Terminal, served by the Fareham to Gosport Eclipse bus service. It forms part of a wider £56m programme funded via the government’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) to improve the way people travel around Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville , Havant and the Isle of Wight.
The Gosport element consists of the following enhancements:
- Relocation of the existing bus station to the site of the existing taxi rank and Falkland Gardens short stay car park and drop-off/pick-up facility;
- Relocation of the existing taxi rank and drop-off/ pick-up facility to the western part of the existing bus station site;
- Provision of alterations to the existing highway network, including the provision of a bus-only link across the High Street, between North and South Cross Street.
It will also facilitate the provision of a new Waterfront development by Gosport Borough Council, in line with its adopted Gosport Waterfront and Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
Public consultation on the proposals
Feedback from residents, businesses and commuters is currently being sought on the proposed improvements (consultation information pack) via an online survey accessed via:
Anyone who does not use the internet can request a paper copy by calling 0300 555 1388. The consultation period ends midnight on 2 September 2021.
Work on this £34m bypass commenced in 2019 and will be completed in 2021. A new 3.5km single carriageway road will be constructed between the B334 Titchfield Road and Gosport Road, passing to the north and east of Stubbington. Once it is completed the bypass will improve access to and from Gosport and the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus.
Following a successful funding bid to the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) the outstanding section of the Eclipse Busway in Gosport will be completed.
The extension will be a dedicated busway along the disused railway corridor 1km south from Tichborne Way/Hutfield Link to Rowner Road. Works commenced June 2020 and expected completion is Autumn/Winter 2021.
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