Three stretches of Hampshire roads are set to benefit from just over £3 million awarded by the Department for Transport for safety improvements.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’ve identified specific improvements where evidence shows that engineering measures will make a difference; so I’m very pleased to hear these schemes can now go ahead as our bids for Government funding have been successful.”
Sections of three roads in Hampshire on the A32, A27 and A36 have been identified by the Government as among 50 in the country which will benefit from extra money to improve safety.
Councillor Humby continued: “Safety comes first, and we prioritise our resources on schemes we know will have an impact on reducing casualties. We have taken a ‘route based’ approach, aiming to reduce risks of collisions; and developed proposals for specific measures which we submitted to the Department for Transport resulting in just over £3 million to be invested in identified improvements on the A36, A27 and A32.”
The County Council plans to start work on safety improvements within the next few months, aiming to have them completed by April 2021. The improvements planned on the A36 through Totton, from the Southampton boundary to the Ower roundabout, will include upgrading a pedestrian crossing facility, surface treatments, signs and road markings; on the A27 between the Delme roundabout and the county boundary with Portsmouth to improve pedestrian & pedal cyclist crossing facilities; and on the A32 between Fareham and Gosport improvements to the signals at the junction of Wych Lane.
The total amount awarded is £3,159,000 which is:
£748,000 for improvement works on the A36
£681,000 for improvement works on the A27
£1,730,000 for improvement work on the A32
Further information on the Department for Transport’s Safer Road Fund bids across the country is available at: www.gov.uk/government/speeches/road-safety-recent-progress-and-future-work