£3.7m boost to improve notorious roundabout

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A CONGESTION hotspot is set to be tackled as the highway authorities have won a £3.7m windfall from the government.

For years the ASDA roundabout at Bedhampton has caused misery for drivers and pedestrians alike, with five roads feeding on to a small and dangerous roundabout.

CHANGES The roundabout at Asda in Bedhampton.

CHANGES The roundabout at Asda in Bedhampton.

But Hampshire County Council has now successfully bid for £3.7m from the government to revamp the roundabout.

The new roundabout is set to be bigger and be controlled by traffic lights to improve safety.

The revamp also paves the way for the Dunsbury Hill Farm development, which is set to provide more than 3,500 jobs and was given the green light by Havant Borough Council earlier this year.

Thirty-three acres of fields owned by Portsmouth City Council, on the outskirts of Warren Park, are earmarked for a huge business park.

However, the development would never be possible without improvements to the ASDA roundabout, which has seen eight accidents in the last years, including two where pedestrians were hit by cars.

Portsmouth City Council is set to build a link road from Hulbert Road, near junction 3 of the A3(M), to connect the business park with the main traffic routes.

The improved roundabout will be not far from the new link road.

Councillor Mike Fairhurst, who sits on the cabinet at Havant Borough Council, said today’s announcement was a massive boost for the area.

He said: ‘This is wonderful news for local residents, who have suffered for years as traffic volumes have outgrown the original roundabout and queues have stretched back along the approach roads.

‘It is great that Havant, Hampshire and Portsmouth councils have all worked together to make this happen and I am really looking forward to when it is finished.’

As part of the scheme, the Purbrook Way approach from the A3(M) will be upgraded to a dual carriageway, which is aimed at improving traffic flow from Waterlooville as it grows with the 3,000-home development to the west of the town.

The scheme also includes the provision of safe pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities and improvements at the Park House Farm Way junction in Leigh Park

Councillor Seán Woodward, who heads transport at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘I am pleased that our bid for Local Pinch Point Funding has been successful.

‘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.

‘The improvements at the roundabout will help unlock economic growth by supporting the new Dunsbury Hill Farm development, reducing congestion and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.’

Cllr Yvonne Weeks, in charge of economy and communities at Havant Borough Council said: ‘Improvements to the ASDA roundabout are crucial to the success of the local economy within the Havant Borough and beyond.

‘The project will provide key infrastructure that brings the development of Dunsbury Hill Farm business park a step closer which could create over 3,500 jobs in the borough.

‘There is on-going consultation with residents directly affected by the changes to the roundabout and securing this grant is great news.’

The county council’s bid was supported by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Havant Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council.