The improvements will see enhanced pedestrian and cycling facilities as well as new road crossings and upgraded street lighting.
The new street lighting will be the latest Hampshire County Council specification low energy lighting with provision for dimming the lights. This forms part of the green loop, seven miles of improved footpaths and cycle ways around the town.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We are working in partnership with East Hampshire District Council and the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership to support the successful regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon. Following the completion of the new relief road, we are beginning a number of further transport improvements which will integrate new developments with the existing town and are designed to encourage people to walk and cycle more.
“The Budds Lane improvements are part of this work and will provide access to the Mill Chase Academy which will be moving in to its new school buildings on Budds Lane later this year. In time, these improvements will connect to the green loop, which is an upgraded network of cycle and walking routes thanks to a successful funding bid to the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.”
While the works are carried out, Budds Lane will be closed temporarily from Mustangs, (just after the entrance to the car park), to Camp Road, from Monday 1 July for around 12 weeks. During the 12 week road closure, a two-way temporary traffic signal system will be installed at Camp Road junction at Budds Lane for approximately 6 of those weeks while the junction is being remodelled. Camp road will remain open and the traffic will be managed under lane closure with the temporary traffic lights in place.
Councillor Humby continued: “The work along Budds Lane is being done in stages and we are working closely with the local community to ensure access is maintained at all times for the local school to use this local car park. I apologise for any disruption that the works may cause but would like to reassure the local community that we will do all we can to keep any inconvenience to a minimum during this time.”
A signed diversion route will be provided throughout the closure period.
Access from Hampshire Road into Budds Lane will be closed with an alternative access via Kildare Road.
A safe walking route for those walking to Bordon Infant and Junior Schools, as well as access to local businesses, organisations, and residential properties will be maintained at all times during construction.
The works are weather dependent, and the dates may be subject to change.
More information is available about this scheme on the County Council’s web pages. visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/buddslaneimprovement