A scheme for a new bypass for Botley
Last update: May 2022
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Please see the latest newsletter for scheme progress and photos.
Construction of the underpass is due to complete in July 2022. This will allow the temporary loop road to be removed in August 2022 and also the opening of the new roundabout to improve access to Deer Park School. Temporary traffic lights and controlled crossing points will remain in place until the end of August when the permanent infrastructure will be in place. A signed temporary 20mph speed limit is in place along the length of Woodhouse Lane.
Work to replace a culvert (a structure carrying a stream) under Woodhouse Lane will commence on Monday 6 June 2022. This work is vital to allow widening of the old road and creating the necessary width for a safe pedestrian and cycle route along the bypass route and improve access to the school.
Due to the restricted working space, it will be necessary to close Woodhouse Lane for a period of 4 weeks with a temporary diversion via Winchester Road, Bubb Lane and Tollbar Way. Access for residents, pedestrians and businesses will be maintained at all times.
- Scheme overview
Planning permission for the proposed Botley Bypass was granted in November 2017.
In September 2019 approval was given by Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, for an alternative, phased option for the implementation of the Botley Bypass to accommodate the offsite highway requirements of the residential and Deer Park School development. View the decision day papers.
Botley experiences a significant amount of through traffic using the village High Street. The route for the Botley Bypass is located to the north of Botley Village and will provide an alternative route for A334 Botley High Street through traffic.
The Bypass is being delivered by Hampshire County Council in three phases.
Phase 1: Uplands Development Infrastructure (UDI)
The first phase of the Botley Bypass works commenced in January 2021 and is being delivered in conjunction with the access works for the Woodhouse Lane development site. In combination, these works are referred to as the Uplands Development Infrastructure (UDI) and provide:
- the internal access roads and utility connections to Deer Park School, and the sale of the first phases of residential development;
- improvement works to the northern section of Woodhouse Lane, including two new points of access into the Woodhouse Lane site (one linking into the new bypass roundabout and one connecting onto Woodhouse Lane opposite Hillier Garden Centre), road widening and new footpath/cycleway;
- an underpass to Woodhouse Lane for both pedestrians and cyclists, providing a safe crossing point for school pupils and the local community;
- new footway/cycleway from Billington Gardens to Deer Park School, providing direct access from the western edge of the site;
- improvement works to the Winchester Road Railway Bridge to provide a new safer route for pedestrian, cyclists and vehicles. These works will provide an improved connection between the Woodhouse Lane site and the expanding village of Boorley Green, and will link up with improvement works already undertaken along Winchester Road as part of the Boorley Park Development;
- a new link road connecting the new Woodhouse Lane roundabout junction with Winchester Street. These works will connect with the eastern section of the Bypass to be delivered as part of the Phase 3 works.
Phase 2: Woodhouse Lane South
The second phase of the Botley Bypass works, known as Woodhouse Lane South, commenced in January 2022, and is being delivered at the same time as the UDI works and provides a continuation of the Phase 1 improvements along the southern section of Woodhouse Lane between Hillier Garden Centre and the Maypole roundabout.
Hampshire County Council’s contractor Volker Fitzpatrick started construction of the first two phases in January 2021. Work on Phases 1 & 2 is expected to be completed by late 2022.
An overview of the outline proposals for the construction of Phases 1 & 2 can be viewed here.
Phase 3: Botley Bypass Eastern Section
This final phase of works, known as Botley Bypass Eastern Section, will link to the Phase 1 works and provide the new eastern section of the Bypass route from Winchester Street to the existing A334, east of Botley Village. These works will commence in Spring 2023, and will follow the completion of the first two phases and include a new bridge over the River Hamble, a new roundabout junction with the A334 and a new access for Newhouse Farm.
Archaeological site investigations have now been concluded with the final field works taking place between February and March 2022.
Ground investigation works west of River Hamble are also now complete.
Please see further information about the wider Uplands Farm Estate Development.
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