Osborne Start Project to Ease Congestion in Havant
Following a successful bid for government funding, Osborne are working with Hampshire County Council to implement proposed improvements to the Asda Roundabout in Havant, Hampshire.
Hampshire County Council was awarded £3.7 million towards the estimated total cost of £7.1 million to improve the roundabout at Purbrook Way and Hulbert Road to ease congestion and keep traffic moving. The project is due to be completed in December 2015.
A public consultation on the preliminary design of the plans was carried out in 2013. A further public exhibition of the plans was held in June and was well supported. Feedback from that event showed that 87 per cent of people supported the scheme.
Osborne will be engaging with the community, by holding weekly surgeries for residents and businesses to attend to keep them up to date with this scheme as it progresses. The surgeries will be held every Wednesday from 11am in the site office located in the field between Hulbert Road and Purbrook Way east.
Asda roundabout currently experiences significant congestion, particularly during peak times, impacting on local businesses in the area. With the proposed new employment development at Dunsbury Hill Farm and major housing and business development underway at Waterlooville traffic is set to increase. The roundabout would provide one of the main junctions on the road network facilitating traffic movements to these new developments.
The scheme will significantly increase the size of the junction and add traffic signal control on two approach roads to the roundabout. The Purbrook Way approach from the A3(M) will be upgraded to two lanes in each direction.
The scheme also includes the provision of safe pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities and improvements at the Park House Farm Way junction.
Councillor Woodward said: “I am pleased local people made the effort to give us their views, and I can assure them they were listened to. Residents fed back to us that they felt the proposal for a raised section at the junction of Park House Farm Way and Purbrook Way to address concerns of road safety and bus delays did not go far enough. As a result, and to enable traffic issues at this junction to be properly investigated, this part of the proposal has been deleted from the current proposal and a scheme for the junction will be given future consideration through the Havant Borough Transport Statement as funding becomes available.”
“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. These improvements at the roundabout will help unlock economic growth potential by supporting the new Dunsbury Hill Farm development, while reducing congestion in the area and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists. We will plan all works to minimise disruption, and the roundabout will remain open throughout the construction work. Information will be updated regularly so people can plan their journeys.”
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