£30m Tipner junction given the go-ahead

Aerial of Tipner and the M275
Aerial of Tipner and the M275
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Picture: Paul Jacobs (142476-269)

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THE government has given the go-ahead for a £30m new junction on the M275, paving the way for the redevelopment of Tipner.

The decision was made in parliament today as part of the Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.

The News reported earlier this year how the roads scheme had been shortlisted by ministers.

Now ministers have approved the work, which is hoped to start next year.

It would mark the end of a 30-year wait to improve the north west of the city, with 1,600 new homes and 1,500 jobs planned for the Tipner site at the gateway to Portsmouth.

The council’s junction plan is for northbound and southbound slip roads joining a new roundabout underneath the motorway at Tipner Lane.

Also included is a bus and taxi lane alongside the south bound slow lane of the M275, between the new roundabout on Tipner Lane and Rudmore Roundabout.

The government will pay £25m towards the cost while the council will have to stump up £5m.