Councillor Humby said: “The completion of this multi million pound project marks an exciting and important milestone for the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon and the surrounding areas. Hampshire County Council has drawn on its scale, capacity, experience and expertise to deliver this major new road, which will help Whitehill and Bordon become a vibrant and exciting place to live, following the departure of the military. We are committed to supporting the successful regeneration of town.
“This new road has been delivered on time and within budget to high ecological and environmental standards with lots of local input. I would like to thank all our partners we have worked along side with to deliver this project. The next stage for regeneration for the area will be the delivery of a new campus for Mill Chase Academy.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents who live along the diversion route and to those who travel through this area on a daily basis, for their patience while this vital work was carried out.”
Hampshire County Council was able to deliver the Relief Road project with funding and support of partners:
Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership
Defence Infrastructure Organisation
East Hampshire District Council
Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company
Dave Axam, Chair, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership cut a ribbon to officially open the new road at a special ceremony not far from the Future Skills Centre.
Mr Axam said: “The regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a significant impact not only on the economic prospects of this area, but also to create a community of entrepreneurs in high tech sectors such as advanced engineering , digital and renewable energy technologies, which will secure prosperity for this town, the region and the UK into the future.”
Jonathan Turner, Senior Specialist in Public Sector Land for Homes England in the South West added: “Providing infrastructure upfront is key to enabling significant housing development and helping communities to grow.
“Our aim is to get more homes built where they’re most needed, and the completion of the relief road is a key milestone in the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon and the future for those who live and work in the town.”
The new road will:
Provide a free flowing alternative to the A325 and relieve traffic congestion
Give access to the new housing development
Reduce traffic on the existing A325
Bring the community closer together
Over the past three years during the construction of the road:
124,000 tonnes of excavated material have been reused
Five fauna tunnels and a bat hop-over have been created to aid the local habitat
13,000 native tree/shrubs with an additional 165 specimen trees have been planted
There is 56,000m2 of species rich acidic grassland
Now the relief road is complete and will become the main route for traffic around the town.
Hampshire County Council is working on transport improvements to integrate new developments with the existing town to help Whitehill and Bordon become a Green and Healthy Town.
Some of the measures to be installed in future years include:
Providing improved routes and more crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists
Reducing traffic speeds in key locations such as the entrance to the new town centre