A31 consultation to start

Public consultation dates have been set for a £25 million plan to resolve one of the south coast’s most notorious bottlenecks on the A31 near Ringwood in Hampshire.

The plans involve widening the A31 at Ringwood to three lanes and Highways England will present the options – the details on either May 19-20 or June 9-10 at the Gateway offices in Ringwood.

The works will involve the addition of a third lane westbound between Ringwood, at the Salisbury Road roundabout, and the Verwood and Hurn Lane turn-off on the B3081.

Part of the public consultation will include the option of closing off West Street in the centre of Ringwood on to the dual carriageway.

The road is often used as a rat-run at peak traffic times and causes congestion as vehicles join the A31, often leading to accidents with a 16-year-old moped rider killed there in 2013.

Money was set aside for the project at the end of 2014. Construction work is scheduled to start in March 2020 and is expected to take around 18 months to complete.

 
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