Botley Bypass - Woodhouse Lane phase due to start in early 2021

Hampshire County Council is set to start major road improvements in Botley in January and has announced the appointment of contractor Volker Fitzpatrick to construct the first phase of the Botley Bypass in conjunction with the access works for the adjacent Woodhouse Lane development site. In combination, these works are referred to as the Uplands Development Infrastructure (UDI).

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “It’s good to see plans for this scheme, which have significant and long standing local support, progressing as planned and a I am pleased that a contractor is now appointed to carry out these important improvements. This is an important first phase of the wider bypass scheme which once complete will remove significant amounts of through traffic from Botley Village, improving air quality, reducing noise and improving the village centre environment. Funding has been allocated for all elements of the bypass, which are planned to be completed over the coming years and will provide capacity to cope with the traffic from proposed developments providing transport benefits for both existing and new communities.”  

This first phase of bypass works will provide a widened carriageway as well as a shared footway/cycleway along Woodhouse Lane, and support the Woodhouse Lane development to the west and provide improved access to the new Deer Park School

The Woodhouse Lane development site to the west of Woodhouse Lane is being enabled for residential construction and will also be home to the new seven-form entry Deer Park School which will have capacity for 1,050 students and the potential for expansion to a nine-form entry with capacity for 1,350 students. The school will open in September 2021, initially for 120 Year 7 students and growing year on year to 1,050 students by 2027. The school is being delivered by the County Council on behalf of the Department for Education, in partnership with the Wildern Academy Trust.

The appointed contractor Volker Fitzpatrick will start work in early January 2021. The standard working hours will be Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm and Saturday 8am -1pm.  To facilitate the works, temporary three-way traffic signals will be in operation on Woodhouse Lane between Monday – Friday, 9am - 4pm.

All contractors and Hampshire County Council staff working on site will be following national COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing and there is no reason to anticipate contact with members of the public. All work will be carried out in line with the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operation Procedures based on Public Health England guidance.

For more information, regular updates and local traffic management details during the works please visit scheme webpage: 
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/botleybypass