At his recent decision day, Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, approved the outline plans.
Councillor Humby said: “It’s good to see this scheme, which I know has significant and long-standing local support, is progressing as planned. This decision will allow the early involvement of an experienced civil engineering contractor to complete the design work, in partnership with our in-house designers so that we can ensure the construction programme is implemented as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
"Once complete, the Botley Bypass will not only provide the necessary capacity to cope with additional traffic from nearby proposed new developments, it will also deliver transport benefits for the wider community. It will remove significant amounts of through-traffic from Botley village, improving the village centre environment with an anticipated reduction in vehicle noise, pollution and congestion.”
The bypass is a 1.8 kilometre long and 7.3 metre wide single carriageway which will have a 40mph speed limit. A three metre wide shared use footway/cycleway will be provided along the southern side.
Construction of the Botley bypass is being undertaken alongside the The Uplands Development, which consists of two sites owned by Hampshire County Council - west of Woodhouse Lane (known as Woodhouse Meadows) in Hedge End and north and east of Winchester Street (Botley Fields) in Botley.
Sustainable extensions to the existing communities of Hedge End and Botley will be created by the new seven form entry Deer Park
Secondary School, which opened in September 2021, along with a proposed new housing development that will include a local centre, areas of open space and playing fields, as well as additional allotments and a community orchard.
The scheme should be completed by 2025.
For more information visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/botleybypass