£4m to help ease congestion at Rushmoor Roundabout
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Hampshire County Council has been awarded £4 Million to help reduce congestion at the Queen's Roundabout in Rushmoor.
The funding comes from a Government fund designed to target key bottlenecks around the country and make life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use the local road network every day. The recent announcement relates to the second tranche of funding from the £190 million Local Pinch Point Fund, first announced in December 2012.
The Queens Roundabout currently experiences significant congestion, particularly in peak times, impacting on the effective operation and performance of local businesses in the area.
With a number of proposed new commercial and residential developments nearby traffic is set to increase. The Queens Roundabout would provide one of the main junctions on the road network facilitating traffic movements to these new development sites.
The scheme aims to reduce the impacts of the increased traffic volume and involves the introduction of traffic signal control on all four approach roads to the roundabout, widening of the approach roads and provision of safe pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities.
The total scheme costs are estimated to be £5.764 million funding awarded is £4.034 million.
Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Cllr Seán Woodward, said:
"I am pleased that our bid for Local Pinch Point Funding for Queen's Roundabout has been successful. One of the key challenges for economic growth is to ensure high quality transport links for businesses to enable existing firms to expand and to attract new organisations to the area. The improvements at Queens Roundabout will help unlock economic growth by supporting the new developments, reducing congestion and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists."