Work to start on first phase of bypass
Hampshire County Council is set to start major road works 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).
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.
Temporary three-way traffic signals will be in operation on Woodhouse Lane between Monday – Friday, 9am - 4pm.
Councillor Rob Humby said: “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.”