Hampshire County Council is set to invest £209 million over the next three years, to improve roads and infrastructure across the county – as part of proposals approved by the Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby.
Councillor Humby said: “This planned investment programme would see us make use of Government grants, bids and developer contributions over the next three years to improve transport infrastructure for people who live and work in Hampshire”, said Councillor Humby. “The number of new schemes planned in this period demonstrates the County Council’s ability and experience in successfully leveraging national funds for the benefit of Hampshire. Our capacity and expertise allows us to deliver a large scale, high quality programme of improvements such as this - which will also attract economic growth and spend in the county.”
Major highway schemes make up half of the proposed investment (£100 million), including seven new projects expected to start in the next couple of years (depending on external funding), these include:
• Stubbington Bypass, Fareham (£34 million)
• M27 Junction 9 and R1, Fareham (£19.6 million)
• Newgate Lane South, Fareham (£9.5 million)
• Farnborough Corridor (£8 million)
• A30 Thorneycroft Roundabout, Basingstoke (£7.6million)
• Whitehill / Bordon A325 Integration (£4 million)
• Redbridge Lane Roundabout, Nursling (£2.5 million)
All of the schemes are designed to relieve congestion, improve safety, and journey times, as well as unlock economic growth across the county.
Road and bridge maintenance makes up the other half (£108 million) of the planned budget, which will be spent on highways maintenance, including pothole repairs and road resurfacing. The remaining budget is set aside for the county’s Flood Risk and Coastal Defence Programme. The Authority is also working closely with the Environment Agency to harness national funding so efforts can be concentrated where they are needed most.
Councillor Humby continued: “Although we have to make some difficult decisions about where to prioritise resources, we are acutely aware that Hampshire’s highway network is critical to the economic success of Hampshire - which is a significant contributor to the national economy.
“Investment in vital transport infrastructure not only improves day to day travel for residents and businesses in Hampshire but also unlocks potential economic growth to help the County thrive in the future.”
A final decision on Hampshire County Council’s capital and revenue budget for 2017/18 will be made by the full County Council on 16 February.