MOTORISTS breathed a sigh of relief this week when the busy Dorchester Arms junction at Hook was re-opened following months of road works and delays.

The £315,000 scheme carried out by Mildren Construction Ltd began at the beginning of March.

New traffic signals have been installed and speed limits have been reduced from 50mph to 40mph on the approach to the junction in a bid to improve road safety.

Hampshire County Council's environment member Cllr Keith Estlin said: "I'm sure motorists will be pleased to see an end to all the construction work, and equally pleased with the improvements made.

"A public exhibition last year was well attended, and feedback indicated that this scheme was the favoured option."

"This is a busy junction and although the injury level has greatly reduced in recent years it was still perceived as dangerous by many of those familiar with it.

"The scheme aimed to improve the overall efficiency of the junction, as well as aiding the movement of traffic between the A30 and A287."