Major project to widen the A31 in Ringwood, Hampshire now complete


21 November 2022

Press Release

Major project to widen the A31 in Ringwood, Hampshire now complete

Work to improve journey times on the main route from Hampshire to Dorset through the New Forest is now complete, National Highways announced today. 

The work, completed two weeks ahead of schedule, started on 31 March 2021, has widened the westbound A31 from two lanes to three between the Ringwood and Verwood junctions, providing much needed road capacity and considerably reducing congestion on this busy stretch of road.

The A31 at Ringwood was identified as an area needing investment, and forms part of the Government’s £15.2bn Road Investment Strategy to be delivered between 2020 – 2025.

Daniel Kittredge, project manager for the A31 Ringwood, said:

“I am pleased to confirm the work to widen the A31 at Ringwood has been completed ahead of time and road users are now able to use the road with its new third lane.”

“The A31 is one of the region's most important roads, connecting Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, and is a vital route every day for work journeys and home deliveries, visits to friends and family, and the movement of goods and services. The improved route will be more reliable, reducing journey times and providing capacity for future traffic growth and we would like to thank the people of Ringwood and the surrounding area for their patience while we completed this important scheme.”

More information about the scheme can be found on the A31 Ringwood Road widening project website. 

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