Oakhanger Road will be closed between Hogmoor Road and Budds Lane for five weeks from 13 March. During this time, a clearly signed diversion will be in place. All businesses in the area including Bordon Trading Estate and the Chocolate Frog Tea Rooms will be open as usual, and are keen to remind people to keep visiting and support their local businesses.
Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “I recognise that any closure to Oakhanger Road will be disruptive, however, I would like to reassure all local businesses and residents that we will do all we can to minimise this. We have explored lots of different options to see if the road could be kept open. However, to ensure the work can be carried out safely within the required timescales by South East Water (SEW), and for the safety of passers-by, a road closure is the only option.”
SEW need to lay two water mains, and due to the construction of the existing road, passing traffic could cause the trench to collapse; therefore a road closure is necessary. However, controlled access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists. To minimise the impact on residents and businesses, SEW have been granted extended working hours to ensure the work is done as quickly as possible, and on the diversion route, extra signs will remind drivers to reduce their speeds.
Councillor Humby continued: “We are working with all the businesses in the Bordon Trading Estate and surrounding area to ensure we mitigate any impact on their business, including taking out adverts in the local press and putting up signs reassuring customers that businesses are open as usual.We will of course be closely monitoring these works and should there be an opportunity to open one side of the road, towards the end of the planned closure, we will certainly do so.”
The £27 million Whitehill and Bordon relief road will be 2.6 miles in length, will support the regeneration of the town and therefore help the local economy and businesses. Phase one already provides access to the new housing developments, and once completed in 2018, it will become the main traffic routeA325 and relieve congestion in the high street.
The route of the road starts to the north of Bordon, on the A325 Farnham Road, and passes through the Ministry of Defence area to the west of the town - and reconnects with the A325 to the south at the A325 Petersfield Road, Liphook Road and Firgrove Road junction in Whitehill.
Further information is available at the Whitehill and Bordon relief road scheme web page