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Roads to prosperity

Aerial view of roads

Three multi-million pound road improvement schemes are due to start this summer aimed at supporting economic development in the county. Work will get underway in August in Farnborough on improvements to Queens Roundabout; later this year at the Asda roundabout in Havant; and in Hart, on the A30 at Hartford Bridge Flats and Blackbushe junctions.

The work is being carried out under the Government-funded Pinch Point Programme and will reduce congestion, improve safety and aid growth in the local economy. These three local schemes are in addition to a further three major road improvement schemes by the Highways Agency, also part of the Pinch Point Programme, on the M27 at Junction 3 for Romsey, Junction 5 for Eastleigh and Junction 6 of the M3 at Black Dam, Basingstoke.

We are working closely with the Highways Agency which is responsible for delivering a total of five projects in Hampshire in 2014, two of which have already been completed: Junction 9 of the M3 at Winchester, and work on the A3 at Ham Barn, near Whitehill.

Good transport infrastructure is vital to maintaining economic growth as the roads enable goods to be

transported easily, and give people access to Hampshire’s business, leisure and recreational amenities. As part of a separate programme called ‘Growing Places’, work is also already well underway on improvements to the northern section of Newgate Lane in Fareham. This is the first of a series of planned transport improvements to improve access to Fareham and Gosport, including access to the new Solent Enterprise Zone at the former HMS Daedalus air base.

With all these schemes, we will be working with our contractors to minimise the impact on motorists, local residents and businesses, with the most disruptive works taking place at off-peak travel times.