Developers of the 'mega-depot' warehouse scheme between Fleet and Farnborough have six road improvement projects to carry out as part of their planning permission
Work has started on improving a busy road junction as part of redevelopment plans for the massive Pyestock warehouse scheme between Fleet and Farnborough.
Engineering and construction specialists Volker Fitzpatrick started improving the junction of the A323 Fleet Road and Aldershot Road in Fleet on Monday (September 30).
The works, set to be completed by the end of November, will extend the right-turn lane at the junction, known locally as Windy Gap, to enable better traffic flow.
Volker Fitzpatrick will also divert utilities, put up traffic signs to reflect the new junction layout and provide additional road drainage.
A temporary 40mph speed limit and a traffic management system, including three-way traffic lights, are in place.
The work is being carried out on behalf of 'mega-depot' developer Prologis, which has renamed the land Hartland Park.
“The Windy Gap junction works are the first in a series of six road improvement schemes that we are obliged to carry out over the next 18 months under the Hartland Park planning permission,” said Paul Weston, Prologis senior vice-president.
"We realise that roadworks can be inconvenient but we will make sure that they are completed quickly, safely and efficiently.”
Demolition work at Hartland Park is on schedule to be finished early next year.
Since moving onto the site in the middle of February, specialist contractor Brown and Mason has been making it safe for future development.
The company has also successfully moved a small population of bats from the site to a more suitable location in the surrounding woodland and helped relocate patches of acid grass to an area where it can be protected and managed.
More than 12,000 people objected to the Pyestock scheme, warning it would wipe out the green ‘lung’ between Fleet and Farnborough and create thousands of lorry movements on the area’s already over-stretched roads.
However, Prologis said it would create up to 1,600 jobs and clean up the site.
It is still looking to attract potential occupiers with a deal yet to be agreed.
Anyone with questions about the Windy Gap junction works should contact project manager Neale Gale on 07717 291119.