Work will start on 22 April, on a £1.5 million scheme to make the Alençon Link in Basingstoke easier and safer for everyone to use, as well as making the entrance to the town centre more attractive.
The main focus of the improvement plans is to create an open, more attractive environment with an avenue of new trees planted and an overgrown bank on the north side removed, providing more natural light for a new, shared use pedestrian and cycle path.
The new path will make for easier access to the town centre, with better footways on the south side and the replacement of the existing subway with a signal controlled, pedestrian crossing at road level. This will be between the Chapel Hill roundabout and the exit ramp from The Malls car park, making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road. These are further to the improvements already undertaken on the Alençon Link, following those at The Malls, the rail station and bus stops.
The developer funded scheme is expected to be completed by the end of November. During the construction period, the Alençon Link will operate as a one-way street between Chapel Hill Roundabout and Victory Roundabout, and there will be signed diversion routes in operation.
The County Council took into account people's concerns about the Alençon Link during consultation for the Town Access Plan. A number of people commented that they did not feel that it was a safe route into the town. These views and others were important in shaping the final design for the Alençon Link improvements scheme.
Owing to the scale of work involved, the County Council has warned that there will be some inevitable disruption during the construction period but it has ensured that the traffic management arrangements keep the impact of this to a minimum. The County Council's advice is to allow extra time for journeys, particularly at peak hours of travel.