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Infrastructure investment showcases EM3’s approach to place and connectivity as consultation continues on Local Industrial Strategy

Last updated 02 October 2023
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he newly-improved, Enterprise M3-funded, Camberley Meadows Gyratory will support the delivery of over 1,500 jobs, 750 new houses and almost 50,000m2 of commercial floorspace – demonstrating our approach to towns and connectivity as highlighted in our emerging Local Industrial Strategy (LIS).

The infrastructure project, completed in July, is part of our £16m investment in comprehensive improvements to the Blackwater Valley area, and shows how, with our partners, we are laying the foundations for our region’s future growth and improved quality of life. This is a key component in the developing LIS for which consultation is ongoing. 

The Meadows is a major gyratory connecting with the M3, the A30 and Camberley town centre.

It is great to see our Local Growth Fund investment come to fruition on the ground. We are fully supportive of the Meadows Gyratory scheme as it underpins many of our own ambitions for the area. It supports local businesses by reducing delays and congestion and improving reliability for their suppliers and employees. The sustainable transport element includes improved crossings and a new pedestrian/cycle path better linking residential areas, Watchmoor business park, Blackwater Station and the town centre. All of which, make the area much more pleasant to walk and cycle in.

Kevin Travers , Enterprise M3's Head of Transport

Mildren Construction Ltd began work on the Surrey County Council-led scheme in July 2018 following early engagement with affected businesses, residents and stakeholders.

Our Local Growth Fund initially allocated £3.675m to the £4.9m scheme but this increased to £4.3m, to allow a revised programme to be delivered that ensured the road remained fully open at all times during the day.

We took a flexible response and underwrote the additional cost to support night time working and increased traffic management to address these issues, so that businesses were not adversely affected. The revised programme was met on time and budget, and the final scheme has been very well received.

Kevin Travers , Enterprise M3's Head of Transport

The Blackwater Valley area improvements includes the London Road Highways Improvements (£3.75m), Camberley Town Centre Public Realm (£3.6m) and the Blackwater Valley Quality Bus Corridors project (Gold Grid) (£4.5m) as well as the Meadows Gyratory.

From 1 April 2024, the responsibility for LEP functions across the Enterprise M3 LEP region has transferred to Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council.

The Enterprise M3 Board met for the last time in March 2024 and Enterprise M3 LEP is no longer operating as an organisation.

For any enquiries relating to economic development across the counties of Hampshire and Surrey, please visit the Hampshire County Council website and Business Surrey respectively.

Please note that Enterprise M3 LEP staff have transferred to Hampshire County Council to continue to deliver services and activities in Hampshire, including the Growth Hub, the Careers Hub, work on key business sectors, and trade and investment.  
They can be contacted at economic.development@hants.gov.uk.

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