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Knights Brown

160 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 3AR

E: buttsbridge@knightsbrown.co.uk

©2018 by Knights Brown.

Welcome to Butts Bridge Roadworks

This site provides information for road users and community members about the Butts Bridge Highway Improvements in Alton South being carried out by Knights Brown on behalf of Homes England and in collaboration with AECOM and Jubb Consulting.

This site relates to works for:

  • The replacement of the brick arch railway bridge with a new steel structure. This has been designed to minimise maintenance whilst reflecting the Victorian heritage of the structure it will replace.

  • Replacement of the existing double roundabout junction between the A339, Butts Road and Winchester Road with a new single large roundabout with widened approaches on the A339, and improved foot/cycleway links.

  • Provision of a new roundabout junction to serve the Selborne Road site on the A339, providing access to Winchester Road via a new link road.


Benefits of the scheme

The benefits that will be achieved through delivery of this scheme are:

  • Removal of a local bottleneck to provide a safer and more efficient junction.

  • Significant junction capacity benefits, road safety benefits and much enhanced pedestrian and cycling facilities at the same time as accommodating the movements of all types of vehicles, including the largest HGVs.

  • Facilitates the delivery of an important contribution to meeting the housing needs of the area.


Background to the scheme

East Hampshire District Council granted planning permission to provide housing on land at the former Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital and Borovere Farm sites in Alton.

A major part of the development is the highway infrastructure improvement scheme at Butts Bridge. These works are planned to solve existing safety concerns on the public highway in the area and to create additional capacity for the intensification of traffic resulting from the development.

Over the past 12 months the pre-construction team has been working hard to agree all technical and detailed design matters in collaboration with Hampshire County Council. We now have full agreement to all technical and legal matters to deliver the scheme.

The planned works are a significant engineering exercise and there will inevitably be disruption for road users and residents. We know this will be a frustration for local people. Our team will be doing all we can to minimise the inconvenience caused during the works.


Current highway concerns

The narrow, 5m wide carriageway, under Butts Bridge results in vehicles giving way to one another, resulting in queueing and delays on the approaches.

The brick archway runs a higher risk of being struck by high sided vehicles (eg HGVs) than other arrangements.

There is no footway provision underneath the bridge, which results in pedestrians either having to walk in the carriageway or face a detour around the bridge.

A general lack of pedestrian and cyclist facilities at the junction makes the junction unattractive and forms a barrier to pedestrian and cyclist movement.

The existing double roundabout junction layout makes for an over-engineered and confusing layout leading to driver confusion and an inefficient junction operation.


Options considered

Eight different junction configurations including signal controlled, gyratory, priority ‘give-way’ and roundabout solutions were developed, evaluated and tested in consultation with Hampshire County Council.

This careful option evaluation process culminated in the identification of a preferred scheme that was agreed with Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council officers as the best overall solution. This is illustrated below.

Drawing showing final general arrangement

Full extent of works area

The full extent of the works area is shown below.

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A new phase of roadworks will come into effect on Monday 7 October 2019 from 10am.

This will see the new northern roundabout come into partial use, allowing works to progress between Butts Road and Selborne Road.


Knights Brown

We are a privately owned, independent, regional contractor based in Ringwood, Hampshire. Find out more about us and our work by visiting our website.

Site Working Hours

Our normal working will be between the hours of Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm. We will take care to limit noise prior to 8am.

Occasional night-working will be required for certain elements such as surfacing, road marking and traffic management arrangements. Exceptionally, Saturday working may be required.

Considerate Constructors Scheme

The contract is registered with the CCS, which provides independent assurance that we are being considerate and courteous and that nuisances are being actively mitigated and managed. More detail can be found online at ccsheme.org.uk

In the Event of a Complaint

Should you feel the need to raise a complaint please use the details provided below to get in touch with our team and we will seek to resolve the issue efficiently. 

You can also make a complaint through the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Please visit their website using the link above for more detail.


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Get in Touch

Please get in touch with any comments, questions or requests.

In an emergency, please call 07917 784180.


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