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Cycling on Brighton Hill Roundabout

Planning application for improvements to Brighton Hill roundabout and associated cycle routes is available for consultation at


Please contact Cycle Basingstoke with your views or reply to the consultation  and copy us in with your views.


The underpasses will all be removed despite being in the original application.   This is because the present ones do not meet design standards (too steep, insufficient headroom, not accessible for less able or fit) and would have to be re-designed and rebuilt.  In order to avoid the underground utilities the routes would have to be very zigzag leading to longer routes with difficult corners.   So even if extra money were spent, the result would be an indirect, inconvenient route across the roundabout.  I am therefore in favour of crossings with lights which are easy to get to whether on foot or on bike as now there is also room for cycle paths past the White House/Pizza House.


Another good feature is a continuation of the A30 cycle route from Sainsburys and Quilter road which will give you a toucan crossing of the A30 and a priority cycle track on both sides of the road past Homebase, home bargains,  and Halfords, previously difficult to access by bike. 


Cycle Basingstoke asked for a direct crossing of the Winchester road East, close to the roundabout which would make it much easier for people using the busstops nearby.  This is now on the plans and you can see an artist's impression.


There is a shared use footway on Western Way to reach this crossing, however, it looks  difficult/impossible to reach it  from Buckland avenue or Aldworth school as it would entail negotiating the roundabout and then crossing two lanes of traffic at the junction of Western Way south and the Camrose link.  The driveway into Chichester place appears to have priority over the main road/cycle/footway which is unnecessary.  More detailed drawings are needed here.  It would be sensible to have a cycleway on the other side of the road as well as it is often used illegally by cyclists.


As I understand it, it will be possible to walk/cycle/scoot from Western Way across Winchester road (two stage crossing without sheep pens) and then along edge of roundabout to cross Harrow Way (two stages, again without  "cattle pens"?) this would provide the shortest route between Brighton Hill and South Ham.  There will also be an alternative from the White House to the centre of the island and across Harrow Way.  No zigzaging in and out of metal barriers or sharp corners.


What is missing?

No cycleways along Harrow Way and only a footpath along Brighton Way.      The wide footpath is used a lot by people both cycling and walking.   However the surface is uneven and there are near collisions between people emerging blind from the hidden side paths  in the hedge on to the Brighton Way path.   A cycle route separate from the footpath and well away from the hedge is needed.


Please contact Cycle Basingstoke with your views or reply to the consultation  and copy us in with your views.

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