A £2.5 million project to build a new roundabout on the A30 between Hartley Wintney and Yateley will go on public display this week.

Proposals for the improvements to the A30 Hartford Bridge Flats and Blackbushe roundabout will be shared with residents at a public exhibition on Friday (June 20).

Hampshire County Council was awarded government funding of £1.5m at the end of last year to go towards the scheme, which aims to improve road safety and reduce congestion at the Hartford Bridge Flats crossroads between the A30, A327 and Blackbushes Road and Blackbushe roundabout.

A spokesman from the council’s capital programme management team, the organisers of the event, said residents were invited to St John’s Church in Hartley Wintney between 3.30pm and 7pm to discuss the plans and ask any questions.

Works are planned to start at the end of summer and be completed by next spring.

The A30 Hartford Bridge Flats junction has experienced significant accident problems over the past 25 years. There have been 19 minor injury accidents in the last five years.

On March 3, a 15-year-old boy from Frimley died after being hit by a lorry on the A30. Jack Brown, who was a pupil at Tomlinscote School, died of serious head injuries.

At an inquest into the death at Alton Magistrates’ Court on May 21, coroner Andrew Bradley recorded an open verdict as he was not sure if the boy intended to end his life.

Phased scheme

To address the accident issues, various casualty reduction schemes have been implemented over the 25-year period. There are also issues with congestion for vehicles turning out of the A327 onto the A30.

Both roundabouts will be designed to accommodate extra traffic expected from a nearby recycling centre, which is expanding, and potential congestion from the proposed 2,500-home development at Arborfield Garrison, just north of Eversley.

To alleviate the accident problem and address the issues of congestion, a phased scheme has been developed that could ultimately see a four-arm junction provided at Hartford Bridge Flats.

However, to fit within the funding constraints of the Government’s Pinch Point programme, the initial phase will see the introduction of a three-arm roundabout at the priority junction of the A30 with the A327, realignment of the existing roundabout junction at Blackbushe Airport, and the banning of a right turn into and out of Blackbushes Road from the A30.

It is expected that works to the Blackbushe junction will be done first.

The geometry of the roundabout has been designed so as to accommodate a fourth arm serving Blackbushes Road to permit future provision of a second phase of the improvement with minimal additional work. A short stub forming the start of the fourth arm will be built as part of these phase 1 works.

Further details will be provided at the public event.

County councillor David Simpson, who represents Hartley Wintney, Eversley and Yateley, said: “I would encourage everybody to come down to the exhibition.

“One, because they can see what is going on and two, those who have never been to the church can see its new extension.”