Work due to start this summer on new walking and cycle route in East Hampshire

Work is due to start on 1 June to upgrade the cycle, footway and highway infrastructure at two locations along the C114 Camp Road/High Street in Whitehill & Bordon

May 20 2020

Hampshire County Council has appointed Mildren Construction Ltd to carry out the 24 week scheme which will include the reduction of the road width of the C114 to provide a new three metre wide shared-use pedestrian and cycle path along the west side, in two locations: Chalet Hill to the entrance to Highview Business Park and Budds Lane to Ennerdale Road. 

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We’ve seen a dramatic drop in traffic as our lifestyles and work patterns have changed during the Coronavirus outbreak, 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.

“Once complete, it will provide improved walking and cycling access north to south through Bordon, and through the new town centre development area. In time, these improvements will also connect to a wider network of upgraded cycle and walking routes thanks to our successful funding bid to the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership and close partnership working with East Hampshire District Council. This includes improvements the County Council is making for pedestrians and cyclists at Budds Lane, Ennerdale Road and Woolmer Way.”

All work will be carried out in line with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operation Procedures based on Public Health England guidance.

Mildren Construction Ltd will be following national guidelines on social distancing and there is no reason to anticipate contact with members of the public.

The majority of the work will be completed under daytime temporary traffic light control between 9.30 am and 4 pm. There will also be a need for some night-time road closures to complete carriageway resurfacing.

The scheme will provide:
• The narrowing of the C114 (formerly the A325) carriageway along the west-side kerb line to deliver speed management benefits, reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and provide the necessary extra width for a shared-use path on the west side;
• New crossing points over the C114 between the existing centre on the eastern side of the town and the new facilities being delivered as part of the regeneration on the western side;
• Improved surfacing of existing areas of C114 carriageway and footway, along with renewals and improvements to the highway drainage system;
• A connection with the new town centre development site at Arrival Square;
• A reduction in the north-bound approach to the Chalet Hill traffic signals to one lane to promote a change in the function and character of the road through the town centre and reduce the dominance of traffic on the C114 by encouraging north-south traffic to use the new Relief Road.

The £2 million project is funded from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership and developer contributions.

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