WORK is set to start on a new £260,000 traffic light-controlled Puffin crossing in Andover Road after a successful campaign from parents.

Hampshire County Council has confirmed contractors will begin the 13-week project near the junction of Grove Place on Tuesday, August 2.

Two-way traffic lights will be put in place for the duration of the installation process. However, access to all roads and properties will be maintained throughout.

Local people successfully pressed the county council for the crossing to help people heading from Andover Road to Kings Barton and its new primary school.

A feasibility study was completed last year and £260,000 was set aside by the authority for the work. The crossing is being funded by s106 money from developers.

Cllr Martin Tod previously praised the investment. He said: "I welcome the extra investment in the Andover Road Puffin crossing. This is the kind of spending we need to be doing making it easier for people to walk around the area safely and supporting public transport."

A county council spokesperson said: "The scheme will provide safe access to Barton Farm Primary School and the Kings Barton housing development by those travelling on foot or by bike, encouraging sustainable active travel in the local area."

Work will take place from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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