FINAL approval has been given to improve a notoriously congested roundabout.
Councillor Sean Woodward, who heads transport in Hampshire, authorised work to proceed at the Asda roundabout, at the junction of Purbrook Way and Hulbert Road, in Bedhampton.
The scheme will significantly increase the size of the junction, add traffic lanes and add traffic light controls on the Purbrook Way approaches.
Construction of the scheme is planned to start in October 2014 and be completed by October the following year.
Hampshire County Council has been awarded £3.7m of government cash towards the estimated total cost of £7.1m.
Initial vegetation clearance has been carried out already on a large part of the site.
Cllr Woodward 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, while reducing congestion in the area and improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.’