Hampshire County Council has welcomed an announcement today of £10 million of Government funding, awarded to its Botley bypass scheme.
The County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport said: “We were very pleased to hear this morning that the Botley Bypass scheme has been awarded £10 million from the Government. The Bypass has been a long-standing ambition for local residents, and the County and District Councils, and I am very pleased that the significant work that we have put into developing a scheme has now paid off. It will dramatically improve quality of life in the area by removing through traffic from the village, reducing noise and making a major contribution to improving local air quality. The Bypass will also provide extra capacity to cope with the proposed increase in traffic in the area over the coming years.”
The award follows the County Council’s decision only last month for ground surveys, environmental mitigation work and land acquisitions to go ahead in the area, to enable detailed designs to be finalised.
Building a new 1.8 kilometre bypass at Botley is estimated to cost £26 million. In addition to the £10million announced today, developer contributions and County Council capital grants will make up the outstanding amount.
The funding is the result of a joint bid with Eastleigh Borough Council to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s, Housing Infrastructure Fund.