Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The Coronavirus outbreak has changed the way we travel with many people walking and cycling more.
“This scheme is part of a range of travel and transport improvements to support the successful regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon from a garrison town into a green, healthy and connected town. The improvements, which will integrate the new developments with the existing town, are designed to encourage people to continue to walk and cycle around the town.”
Cllr Phillip Davies, East Hampshire District Council’s Assistant Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “We want to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and walk or cycle around Whitehill & Bordon. “During the coronavirus lockdown we saw more and more people rediscovering walking and cycling as a way of keeping fit and staying healthy.
“The completion of this highway improvement work, part of the town’s Green Grid Green Loop, will help maintain this momentum. Residents can walk or cycle to get to work or to visit the town’s new facilities, or just for the sheer enjoyment of being active and outside.
“Schemes such as this truly capture all three elements of our vision for a green, healthy and connected town.”
From Monday 19 October there will be three nights of road closures along Camp Road to change the road markings. The works will be carried out between 7 pm and 6 am. The works are being undertaken at night to minimise disruption to traffic, as well as ensuring the safety of road users and the workforce.
A local signed diversion will be in place to re-direct traffic via the A325 Templars Way (Relief Road). Access to Canada Way will be available from Camp Road, approaching from the south through the road closure at Budds Lane junction; this access will be managed by traffic management operatives who will allow vehicles through the road closure when safe to do so.
All other side road junctions on Camp Road between Budds Lane and Station Road will be closed and access to these roads will be via alternative routes.
The works are weather-dependent and may need to be re-arranged at short notice.
Cllr Humby added: “Whilst every effort will be made to keep the impact of the works to a minimum, some disruption is inevitable. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate residents’ patience whilst the works are completed.”
More information is available on the scheme web pages: www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/c114shareduse