The Department for Transport (Dft) has confirmed that money from the Government’s £100m Growth and Housing fund will be used to improve a bottleneck junction on the M27 in Hampshire.
Highways England have now approved the much-needed upgrade of Junction 9, also known as the Whiteley Way. The planned upgrade will benefit from £10m in Government funding, and when complete will feature expanded slip roads and an improved roundabout with greater capacity. Dft have said the funding will unlock the delivery of 3,500 new homes for Fareham in the proposed North Whiteley development, which had previously been put on hold due to a lack of funding to improve road capacity.
Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s Transport portfolio holder, said “Whiteley is an extremely important business hub for the south, and this project will give existing businesses the confidence to invest, as well as unlock new economic development potential in the area.”
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “The Whiteley Way junction upgrade is part of our record investment in infrastructure across the country to improve journeys for motorists.
It will cut congestion on the M27, help unlock thousands of much-needed houses, and boost Hampshire’s economy.”
The Growth and Housing fund was established in 2014 as part of a bigger £15bn highways investment programme, and provides financial contributions towards the cost of new infrastructure needed for new housing developments. According to DfT the fund has so far made contributions of over £60 million to unlock over 30,000 new homes and more than 40,000 jobs around Swindon, Exeter, Weston Super Mare, Darlington, Scunthorpe, Grantham, Warrington, Honiton, Derby, Foxdenton (Oldham), Taunton, Durham, Daventry, Leicester and Southampton.