Fleet Road pedestrianisation scheme removal

The Fleet Road pedestrianisation scheme, promoted by Hart District Council, will be removed in its entirety by Hampshire County Council on Friday (13 November) following a recent request by Hart District Council councillors.

The road is likely to re-open to vehicles over the weekend or Monday at the latest and the Fleet Road bus route will be re-instated.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We know that, while schemes such as these can offer clear health and environmental benefits, the introduction of measures which fundamentally change the way people travel will always attract a range of views.

“We agreed to install this trial scheme in Fleet, at the request of our colleagues at Hart District Council, using only temporary materials, and then carefully monitored its performance from the highway authority’s perspective. Hart District Council has now reviewed its scheme and subsequently requested that we remove the measures, which we have agreed to action later this week.”

To support continued accessibility and social distancing, Hampshire County Council will be making changes to some parking bays in Fleet Road. Two temporary disabled bays on Upper Street and Church Road will be made permanent and three parking bays in front of Barclays, Boots and McDonalds on Fleet Road will be temporarily closed, making the footways wider.

Councillor Humby continued: “As part of our work across the county to support our local high streets by making more space available for pedestrians to socially distance and improve accessibility for all, we will be making changes to five parking bays in total.”