Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport, agreed £898,000 extra investment to provide additional cycle and pedestrian facilities to the scheme, which will cost a total of £23.128 million.
The main works for this project were approved by Cllr Humby at his Decision Day in January 2019, at which time funding was still being sought for the additional cycle and pedestrian facilities identified during consultations on the scheme.
Councillor Humby said: “The M27 is a critical, strategic corridor in southern Hampshire which helps to keep the economy moving, but at peak times queues caused by congestion at Junction 9 can extend back several kilometres along the motorway. The project is essential to improve traffic flow and journey times in the area. I’m delighted that we’ve secured extra funding through Highways England, to enable us to build the improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians as an integral part of the overall scheme being developed by the County Council."
Work to prepare the site for this scheme has already taken place and included a site survey and investigation, and vegetation clearance.
At Junction 9, the works will involve carriageway widening which will provide an additional lane on both motorway off-slip roads, the westbound on-slip road and the Whiteley Way approach, together with additional lanes on the northern and southern sections of the circulatory carriageway.
At Parkway South roundabout, a new, larger fully-signalised roundabout will be provided, with carriageway widening to provide additional traffic lanes on all approaches and the circulatory carriageway. A shared use path for pedestrians and cyclists will be provided on the western side of Whiteley Way between M27 Junction 9 and Parkway South roundabout with controlled crossings at each junction to provide safe access and connections to existing pedestrian and cycle routes on Whiteley Way, Rookery Avenue and within the Segensworth Business Park.
Work is due to start this autumn for approximately 24 months.
The cost of the works will be funded from combination of Highways England Growth and Housing Fund, Highways England Congestion Relief Fund, Highways England Designated Cycle Fund, Local Transport Plan funding, and developer contributions.
For more information visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/m27junction9