CONSTRUCTION work is now underway on the new "important" road link to relieve traffic pressure between two Hampshire villages.

The new road link forms part of the "One Horton Heath" development that will help improve large traffic pressures between Fair Oak and Horton Heath.

Connecting Bubb Lane and Burnetts Lane, just north of the Hedge End to Eastleigh railway line, the works will also see new roundabouts built at either end of the new link road.

Work has also begun on a new roundabout on Allington Lane, forming the northern access to the development, and both sections of new road are due to be completed in Spring 2021.

Council Leader Cllr Keith House said: “It’s great to see this vitally significant scheme for Horton Heath get underway. Mildren Construction have a good understanding of, and relationship with, the local supply chain and we are keen to work with them to ensure the road construction achieves economic benefits locally.

“This project is further evidence of the Council’s ‘Infrastructure First’ approach. This is the first phase of infrastructure for the new community at Horton Heath and we are ensuring this vital new road infrastructure is in place first to help take traffic away from Burnetts Lane and remove some through traffic in both Fair Oak and Horton Heath.”

Locally based contractor Mildren Construction, who operate predominantly in the South East and South West, commenced work in June 2020 on the £4.5million project that has received funding from Homes England.

Simon French, Managing Director of Mildren Construction said: “Mildren Construction is delighted to be delivering these infrastructure works at One Horton Heath on behalf of Eastleigh Borough Council and we look forward to engaging with the local community and working closely with the local businesses throughout the duration of this project."