Havant Borough Council has had a second go at improving the south end of the Billy Trail next to HIADS. This after the first attempt caused safety concerns and had to be reversed.
The new surface is also aggregate but much finer than before. It has also been compressed by a heavy roller to form a more solid surface.
The result is a much improved surface for all users of the trail.
The difference is most easily seen at the boundary between the Havant-owned section (the southernmost couple of hundred metres) and the Hampshire-owned section.
The result is not perfect however. After last night’s heavy rain puddles have formed. There is, however, a clear patch between the puddles and they aren’t muddy like they were.
We’ll have to wait to see how well the surface copes with traffic. It looks like it might get cut up easily by bikes and horses. In which case people with pushchairs might struggle with a loose surface. It’s also possible the surface will quickly deteriorate from there.
Time will tell.
For now, though, we can appreciate the improvement and hope that Hampshire will consider improving their section. We’re aware of scope for improving the section north of the Esso garage, but we’ve not heard of any plans for the bit in the middle – arguably the worst section.
Please let us know in the comments what you think. Have you seen a similar surface used elsewhere? How was it over time?