PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on a proposed £4million revamp for a major part of the road network in Basingstoke.
Hampshire County Council is seeking to make improvements on the A340 which links Basingstoke with Tadley as the area has seen an increase in new housing developments such as Rooksdown.
As reported by The Gazette in July, the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership was awarded £118million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to create more jobs and homes in Hampshire, including £3.3m between 2015 and 2017 for improvements to the A340.
As a result, a three-stage strategy has been planned to reduce traffic on roads in Rooksdown, improve accessibility to Basingstoke hospital, and improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users.
The first phase, which will be delivered by developer Taylor Wimpey during 2014 and 2015, will see a 20mph speed limit zone and speed control measures throughout Rooksdown, and the reconstruction and introduction of speed control measures around the development and along Priestley Road.
The second phase, which will be delivered by Hampshire County Council between 2015 and 2017, will see traffic light controls installed at the Lodge junction on the A340, and works to increase capacity at the junction of Priestley Road and Merton Rise with the A340, and improve access from Priestley Road to Merton Rise.
In addition, dualling will be extended on the A340 to the Lodge junction, and the junction that links Priestley Road and Park Prewett Road will be closed off to traffic.
As part of the final phase, which will be carried out by Taylor Wimpey between 2015 and 2017, measures will be introduced to prevent hospital traffic arriving or leaving via Rooksdown, bus-only access will be implemented to and from the hospital via Rooksdown, and measures to improve pedestrians and cyclist access between the hospital and Rooksdown will be carried out.
Councillor Clive Sanders, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council leader, said: “This project follows on from the work on the enhancements for the Black Dam Roundabout starting, and shows that things are coming together to make long-awaited improvements to the road network around Basingstoke.
“This is another in a series of upgrades to our infrastructure that we will see in the coming years as a result of the initial £23m in Government funding attracted to Basingstoke through the local enterprise partnership based on the council’s vision and masterplan for the future.”
To take part in the survey, visit hants.gov.uk/transport-schemes-index, by September 26. Comments received during the consultation period will be used as part of a planning application for the scheme, and if approved, work on the project could begin in autumn 2015.