WORK will soon begin on multi-million pound improvements to an important roundabout.
The Asda roundabout at Bedhampton provides the link between Havant, Leigh Park and Waterlooville but is dogged by traffic problems and congestion.
Last year, Hampshire County Council was awarded £3.7m of government money towards improvements to the roundabout to keep traffic moving.
And Councillor Sean Woodward, who is in charge of economy, transport and environment at the council, has now approved procurement and spending on contracts necessary to start the work.
He said: ‘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, reducing congestion, and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
‘The roundabout will remain open during the construction work.
‘We will plan all works to minimise disruption, and information will be updated regularly so people can plan their journeys.’
He added that significant congestion during peak times impacted on the local economy.
With the proposed new employment development at Dunsbury Hill Farm and the major development of 3,000 homes under way at Waterlooville, traffic is set to increase.
The aim of the improvements is to reduce the impact of the increased traffic from the developments and involves significantly increasing the size of the junction, along with the introduction of traffic signal controls on two approach roads to the roundabout.
The Purbrook Way approach from the A3M will be upgraded to a dual carriageway 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.
A public exhibition is planned for early summer when the design of the new road layout is finalised and a construction programme is available.
Construction should start in September and be completed in just over a year.