Basingstoke’s Winchester Road roundabout complete ahead of schedule

Hampshire County Council’s £4 million major scheme to widen the A30 Winchester Road roundabout in Basingstoke, to ease congestion, will be complete by 27 March – within budget and three months ahead of schedule.

Mar 20 2017

Welcoming the result, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “These improvements will have a considerable positive impact - by improving journey times, road safety, and access for local developments such as the proposed 3,400 new homes and local services at the Manydown site. 

“We have worked very hard to complete this major scheme ahead of programme and ensure disruption was kept to a minimum for those travelling through the area. This project has involved the County Council investing money early on in preparation work, to reduce the duration of the roadworks and minimise disruption by keeping traffic lanes open during peak times.

“However, the intensity of improvements has caused some disruption to local residents and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their help and patience while these works were carried out.”  

As well as increasing the number of lanes on the roundabout and the approach roads, along with the installation of traffic lights, drainage has been upgraded to reduce the risk of localised flooding. 

The final part of the work to install the traffic lights on the roundabout will be taking place between Monday 20 March and Friday 25 March, with a final switch on planned for no later than 27 March.

The £4 million scheme received a significant level of funding from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support their wider growth plan.

Geoff French, CBE, Chair of Enterprise M3 LEP said: “We are really pleased to see this project delivered ahead of schedule and within budget. The scheme supports a key aspect of our strategy for growth, which includes safeguarding Basingstoke’s economic vibrancy and facilitating high value activities by improving the road networks for business prosperity and competitiveness.”