Hampshire County Council commenced improvement work to the highway and street scene in Andover’s upper High Street on Monday 23 February.
The £600,000 project is supported by Test Valley Borough Council and will include accessibility improvements for pedestrians and cyclists, including widening footways and enhancing raised crossing facilities to slow traffic. Work will also be undertaken to improve road surfacing throughout the area and narrow the width of the road to encourage motorists to reduce their speed and discourage through traffic.
Improvements will also be made to the quality of the signing and landscaping, and formalised loading and unloading facilities will be provided as well as a short stay car parking space in Chantry Street.
The work is expected to be finished by the end of August 2015.
Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “The works in Andover will greatly improve safety for all road users, pedestrians and cyclists as well as improve the way the area looks. We are hoping the new layout will encourage more people to cycle and walk in and around Andover rather than use their cars. It is inevitable that these works will cause some disruption with access to businesses and properties maintained as far as possible. However, I would ask residents and local businesses to be patient and plan their journeys accordingly so that we can finish the improvements as quickly and safely as possible.”
Planning and transport portfolio holder, Councillor Martin Hatley, added: “This is great news for the town and the work will make a huge difference to the upper High Street. I look forward to seeing the completed project.”
Full details of the improvement work can be found on the Hampshire County Council website.