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Council to ask government for £26m Botley bypass backing

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The government will be asked to help fund a £26m bypass around a village near Southampton.Hampshire County Council announced planning permission had been granted on Friday for the 1.1 mile (1.8 km) road around Botley.Diverting traffic from the A334 via a single carriageway link would cut congestion in the village, it said. Councillors added government money would be needed and they are now in a position to submit a bid for funding.It has been estimated that about 80% of traffic in Botley is just passing through on the A334. The bypass would divert non-local traffic between the Maypole Roundabout and the Pinkmead Farm, using Woodhouse Lane and a new road south of the railway line, which runs to the north-east of Botley.Councillor Rob Humby, who is responsible for transport, said it would make a “significant contribution” to improving air quality.He added he was “hopeful” the government would back the scheme given its benefits.
Source: BBC Hamp