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5 November 2014, 07:33
A route's been agreed for a new Stubbington Bypass near Fareham, with work to improve traffic flows in the area also approved by councillors.
Hampshire County Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, yesterday (Tuesday 4 November) approved the routes for the bypass and the southern section of Newgate Lane. Results from the public consultation showed 75% and 81% of respondents respectively supported the schemes.
Councillor Woodward also agreed for work to progress on: Peel Common Roundabout; the A27, including works needed to be done in advance of a bypass for Stubbington, commencing with improvements to St Margaret's roundabout followed by widening improvements to the rest of the A27 between Titchfield Gyratory and Segensworth Roundabout.
There is now a significant amount of work to be done before Planning Applications can be submitted next year and Project Appraisals can be completed for the schemes. In the mean time work progresses on Newgate Lane North, between Palmerston Drive and Tanners Lane to improve access to the Solent Enterprise Zone and on the A27 Western Way Bus Lane and Bus Gate.
Results from the public consultation show that 78 per cent of respondents supported the County Council's plans for improving access and tackling congestion. Concerns that were raised have been taken on board and many of which will influence plans going forward, particularly in relation to mitigation measures.
Councillor Woodward commented on the proposals and the consultation:
"The need to improve access to the Fareham and Gosport Peninsula is a key priority for Hampshire County Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the benefit of residents, commuters and the local economy. Congestion and journey time reliability is a real problem in this area and improving the transport network will undoubtedly encourage new investment and development into the area, which in turn will provide new jobs for local people.
"I appreciate that this amount of work will cause disruption and I would like to reassure residents and businesses that I will do my upmost to ensure this is kept to a minimum. The long term picture is I believe, a very positive one for Fareham and Gosport, as this level of investment enables us to make the fundamental changes needed to solve the ongoing daily issues faced by the area."