£1bn for Hampshire’s roads, waste and economy

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NEARLY £1bn will be spent on major schemes and improvements to the county’s infrastructure to support the local economy.

The money is in Hampshire County Council’s capital programme and includes a £916m investment from two Local Enterprise Partnerships, as well as the council’s £96.745m budget to maintain roads, manage waste and stimulate the economy.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for economy transport and environment, said: ‘We have set ourselves a very ambitious target this year to ensure we deliver a programme that residents will see the benefit from, now and in the future.

‘This includes repairing the roads from last year’s extreme weather, as well as infrastructure programmes that will see pinch points freed up, and safety improved.

‘All of this plays a major role in keeping Hampshire moving and improving its economic prospects – making the county more attractive for organisations to base themselves.’

The money includes six major road improvement schemes totalling £18.5m, including Hulbert Road/Purbrook Way junction in Havant and Peel Common roundabout in Fareham.