FARNBOROUGH'S new £6.8million Ively Road was officially opened on Wednesday by Rushmoor's new mayor Cllr Brian Jupp.

The road, funded by QinetiQ, forms part of a much larger £10million project that includes a new roundabout on Kennel Lane and a new gyratory system at Norris Bridge, and runs from Kennel Lane to the A323 Aldershot to Fleet Road.

Cllr Jupp, on his first official engagement as mayor, said: "It provides a better road for Rushmoor and a connection between Rushmoor and Hart.

"It is a better road altogether because the old road was full of humps and bumps and really was a nightmare for cyclists.

"It is a great example of the co-operation between the councils and business and I am absolutely delighted."

The construction project also has the seal of approval from English Nature and the Environment Agency.

Throughout the project QinetiQ has worked with English Nature to ensure a balance of landscaping that has included self-generation to encourage the return of heathland to the area.

New cycle tracks have been added and wildlife gates and fences put up.

Around £500,000 has been spent on planting trees indigenous to the area and local heathers are being grown to plant alongside them.

John Bradell, QinetiQ's managing director of estates, said: "As far as we are concerned it allows us to connect the two QinetiQ sites (Cody Technology Park and the Pyestock site), which is important for us because it makes life much easier.

"We have competition the same as all other businesses and this road will make it much easier for our people to access the two sites. Also in time it will allow us to develop more land at the technology park."

One of the aims of the project, to improve traffic flow and road safety, has already been successful.

There have been no reported accidents at Norris Bridge since the gyratory system became operational in August last year.

Cllr Peter Hutcheson, a member of both Hart District Council and Hampshire County Council, opened the Hart end of the road.

Guests included Rushmoor chief executive Andrew Lloyd, QinetiQ's project manager Lyn Davies and representatives from Mowlem Civil Engineering, Atkins, Faithful and Gould, and the Fairhursts Design Group.