At his decision day meeting on 11 July, Councillor Humby approved plans to increase spending on major highway schemes. Investment in these programmes of work is set to increase from £34 million (spent in 2016/2017) to a projected £48.2 million in 2018/2019.
Councillor Humby explained: “All of our major improvement schemes aim to support Hampshire’s growing prosperity, and enhance quality of life, as more and more developments are built. We have already successfully delivered seven schemes across the county in the last financial year, and we are rapidly securing finance from Government to deliver more in the next three years.
“The quantity and scale of schemes we are delivering are rapidly growing, partly in response to demand but also as funding bids submitted to Government are becoming more and more successful. Indications from Government are that there will be an increase in funding for road schemes, and Hampshire County Council is well placed to bid for this funding. This is all thanks to the capacity, scale and expertise that our planners, designers and engineers put into realising these projects for the people of Hampshire.”
The seven major schemes completed in 2016/2017 were:
A30 Winchester Road Roundabout, Basingstoke
A340 Aldermaston, Basingstoke
Whitehill and Bordon Relief Road phase one
St Margaret’s Roundabout, Fareham
Peel Common Roundabout, Fareham
Asda Roundabout, Havant
Queens Roundabout, Farnborough
Four other major schemes are currently underway: two to improve journey times and reduce congestion on the A27 Fareham; one on Newgate Lane South in Fareham; and the fourth to support the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon, by building a new relief road. In addition, major improvements to Crockford and Great Binfields Roundabouts in Basingstoke will begin in the next month.
Councillor Humby continued: “Ambition still runs high, and there is no let up for our teams at the County Council as we wait to hear about our £6.4 million bid submitted to Government to extend the successful BRT scheme in South Hampshire.”
For more information on all of Hampshire’s major highways schemes visit: www.hants.gov.uk/transport