THE next stage in ongoing works to transform roads across Basingstoke will begin later this month.

As previously reported in the Gazette, Hampshire County Council has been carrying out ongoing road improvements across the town in a bid to reduce journey times and improve traffic flow.

The next phase of work is a £9.5 million scheme on the A340 at its junction with Churchill Way West around the Thornycroft Roundabout, due to start at the end of the month.

Changes will include carriageway widening works on the existing approach roads, carriageway widening works on the roundabout, installation of traffic signals on the roundabout and approach roads and the installation of a controlled pedestrian/cycle crossing on Churchill Way West.

Deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport at the county council, Councillor Rob Humby, said: “These works will involve widening the approaches and circulatory carriageway of Thornycroft roundabout, and installing traffic signals to improve operational control.

“By adding additional capacity, we can improve the flow of traffic and reduce journey times, particularly in peak periods.

“Thornycroft roundabout forms a key part of Basingstoke’s main road network, providing a link between A30 Winchester Road and A339 Ringway.

“It is also key to linking access to future housing identified by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, employment and retail developments.

“These works are being designed and delivered by Hampshire County Council with funding support from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership.”

Hampshire County Council has awarded the contract to carry out the works to Mildren Construction Ltd.

Residents will have the opportunity to discuss the scheme with the contractor and the county council’s project and a public exhibition today (Thursday) at Morrisons, in Worting Road, from noon until 2pm.

During the works, the existing carriageway capacity will be maintained at peak times, with resurfacing carried out overnight to minimise disruption to traffic. Construction is due to be completed during winter 2020/1.

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