Work to start on £20 million Basingstoke roundabout improvement scheme

Hampshire County Council is set to start major road improvements to the Brighton Hill Roundabout in Basingstoke later this month (January 2022)

Jan 18 2022

Milestone Infrastructure Limited has been appointed by Hampshire County Council to upgrade Brighton Hill, with work on the £20 million scheme set to start the week commencing Monday 24 January 2022 and due to be completed in Winter 2023.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “I am pleased that this scheme can now get underway. We are aware of other big infrastructure projects taking place along the A30 such as South East Water’s water main replacement between Kempshott and Hatch Warren roundabouts and work currently underway on the Hounsome Fields development. Work is also due to start in the coming months on the Basingstoke Golf Course development. A new signalised access will be constructed by the developers to serve this development. Our Highways Team have worked closely with developers and service providers to phase the work to help to mitigate and reduce congestion on local roads. We will of course continue to work with these partners to ensure every effort is made to minimise traffic disruption across the local highway network.

“Brighton Hill Roundabout is a key junction on the A30 South West Corridor and congestion at peak travel times is significant. This will be further exacerbated by future increases in travel along the corridor, and traffic growth associated with developments identified in Basingstoke’s local plan. The planned improvements will help to ease congestion, improve access in and out of Basingstoke and enable economic growth.  The improvements will build on and complement those made to the Winchester Road roundabout and pave the way for further potential improvements on the corridor, including dedicated cycleways, reducing bus journey times and targeted road capacity improvements.”

The £20 million scheme has been funded by the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund, and Hampshire County Council.

Kevin Travers, Enterprise M3 LEP’s Head of Infrastructure, Transport and Place, said: “We are delivering our Recovery and Renewal Action Plan to support the local economy in strengthening and refocussing as we emerge from the pandemic and key infrastructure that maximises travel opportunities remains an integral part of this.  Improved connectivity is key to improving productivity and reigniting our economy in ways that maximise the benefit for people and places. The Brighton Hill project demonstrates one of the many approaches to how, with our partners, we can achieve this.
“Along with other improvements along the A30 corridor, it will support the creation of employment opportunities in Basing View as part of our Enterprise Zone as well as facilitate delivery of new homes in the area.  This new roundabout is a key project to kick-starting improvements to quality of life for people who live and work in Basingstoke.”

The A30 Brighton Hill roundabout will be widened to increase traffic capacity, and traffic signals will be installed to manage traffic flow more efficiently.

Other measures include improvements to walking and cycling routes including upgraded footpaths, segregated cycle tracks and Toucan crossings.

As part of the scheme the first activities on site will be vegetation and tree removal. Replanting of trees will take place throughout the scheme which will, with time, give increased canopy cover and a more varied and sustainable range of species.

From the week commencing 24 January, the standard working hours for the appointed contractor, Milestone Infrastructure Limited, will be 7.30 am – 6 pm.

Traffic management will be required to provide safe working space for the workforce. 

During peak hours, 6.30 am-9.30 am and 4 pm-6 pm all lanes will remain open on the A30 through the Brighton Hill Roundabout and on the other entries (Western Way/The Harrow Way/Brighton Way/Winchester Rd) will be reduced to single lanes. Off peak, the contractor may require additional road space and reduce traffic to single lanes on all arms of the roundabout.

Pedestrian diversions will be in place for the duration of the works and our safer routes to schools team will be working with the schools to provide support.

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