£10m highway improvement scheme set to start in Basingstoke

Hampshire County Council is starting works in August to construct a £10.6 million package of highway improvements to increase capacity and help reduce congestion on the A33 in Basingstoke, between the Ringway and Great Binfields Lane roundabouts

Jul 25 2017

Highways operative
The works are programmed to start on 7 August 2017, and last 18 months in duration.  Dyer & Butler has been appointed as the County Council’s contractor to deliver the scheme.   

Local residents and businesses will have an opportunity to meet the construction team and view plans of the improvement on Wednesday 2 August 2017, at Unit ‘Central 40’ of the Chineham Business Park between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. 

The improvements to and between Ringway, Crockford and Great Binfields roundabouts include: 

Widening the existing approach roads 
Widening of the roundabouts 
Installing traffic signals on the roundabouts 
Upgrading the existing pedestrian and cycle facilities 
Upgrading and increasing the capacity of the local drainage system 

The works will also include measures to address the root cause of persistent localised flooding between the Crockford and Binfields roundabouts. The adjacent pond under the railway bridge will be widened and lined to improve its capacity and help reduce instances of future flooding.  

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “The A33 is a key strategic route in Basingstoke, providing a link between Basingstoke and Reading and access to two pivotal business parks - and during peak times travellers can get caught up in heavy congestion. These improvements by the County Council aim to reduce delays and queuing and will also upgrade the drainage system to minimise the risk of flooding between the two roundabouts.”

Whilst every effort will be made to minimise the impact of the works, delays are expected and drivers, residents living in the area, and visitors are being urged to allow more time to complete their journeys. 

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