The County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “Hampshire County Council is committed to supporting the successful regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon and the Relief Road plays a major part in this.”
Local residents and businesses are being invited to meet representatives from Hampshire County Council and Carillion to find out more details about the two mile scheme, and how traffic will be managed during construction on: Thursday 20 October, between 4pm and 8pm, at Whitehill Village Hall, Sutton Field, GU35 9BW.
Councillor Humby continued: “We are working closely with all our partners to make sure this project runs as smoothly as the first phase did. I’m pleased to hear that Selbourne Parish Council has invited Hampshire County Council and Carrillion to host an exhibition in Oakhanger, and that this is being arranged for the end of October.
“Phase two will see the biggest section of the relief road being built. It is two miles in length and the full cost is just over £20 million – it’s thanks to the County Council’s skills, capacity and expertise that we are able to deliver a project on this scale which will benefit people living and working in the area for generations to come.
“Carillion will be setting up on site from 21 October with main construction works expected to start in November. The majority of construction work will not affect local residents or commuters as it is constructed on Ministry of Defence land to the west of Whitehill and Bordon. There will be occasions when diversions and road closures will need to be put in place for the safety of road users as well as our workers. We are in discussion with Carillion to ensure that disruption to residents and businesses in the surrounding areas are minimised and that work can be carried out more quickly.”
The southern section will pass between the garrison redevelopment area and Hogmoor Enclosure. It will include a double roundabout junction at the southern tie in with the A325. In addition, two traffic light controlled junctions; one to access the new Garrison housing development and the second at the intersection with Oakhanger Road will be provided. The work is due to be completed in the summer of 2018.
Phase two of the relief road is being constructed and managed by Hampshire County Council, utilising £15.5 million of Local Growth Fund from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership with a £5 million contribution by the County Council.
Geoff French, Chairman of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership said “I am delighted that works on the next phase of the Relief Road are now starting. This project provides the critical infrastructure required to unlock the development sites and support wider regeneration by reducing the community severance currently created by the A325. It is a key component in the transformation of the area into a more attractive investment proposition for businesses, supported by a more reliable local transport network. Our investment will help bring forward the delivery of 3,350 new homes, approximately 63,000m2 of new employment, commercial and community floor space and create up to 5,500 jobs as part of the redevelopment of Whitehill and Bordon into a thriving new Green Town.”
Once completed, the new £27 million relief road will:
- provide a free flowing alternative to the A325 and relieve traffic congestion
- provide access to the new housing development
- reduce traffic on the existing A325
- reduce community severance currently created by the A325.
Full information on the scheme is available online: www.hants.gov.uk/whitehill-bordon-relief-road