Work by Hampshire County Council to increase traffic capacity and reduce congestion on the A33 Reading Road in Basingstoke has been completed on schedule and in time for Christmas. This scheme, planned, designed and carried out by the County Council has also had significant funding support from the Enterprise M3 LEP.
The improvements to Ringway, Crockford and Binfields Roundabouts include widening the existing approach roads and the addition of traffic signals to help ease congestion on this busy route. The junctions will be monitored and signal timings adjusted as necessary during the coming weeks.
Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “This scheme helps improve access to two of the major employment areas in Basingstoke, Chineham and Hampshire International Business Parks, as well as support investment and future job creation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents and road users for their patience whilst the works were being undertaken.
“The completion of this scheme is a further step towards upgrading the A33 North East Corridor to Growth. It builds on and complements the wider transport improvements carried out by Hampshire County Council in Basingstoke, and brings the total recent investment on improving access to Basingstoke by the Enterprise M3 LEP and the County Council to over £30 million.”
Kevin Travers, Head of Transport, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has allocated £9.6 million from its Local Growth Fund allocation, to fund transport infrastructure improvements to the north-east corridor of Basingstoke, including the Crockford and Binfields Roundabout scheme. Basingstoke is one of the Growth Towns in the Enterprise M3 area and our priority is to help provide the infrastructure that will allow the potential growth to be realised. Our planned investments in the town's key transport corridors demonstrate our strong support for its future development and continued success.”
As part of the scheme, significant work has been done to improve the drainage system to help address localised flooding between the roundabouts and reduce instances of future flooding.
Some minor works will continue in the area either side of Christmas to remove the old pedestrian crossing on Crockford Lane.