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£90m road scheme to ease traffic in Fareham and Gosport
IT has been billed as the biggest road scheme in Hampshire in a generation.
From Monday people can have their say on the proposals which include a Stubbington Bypass to take traffic to and from Gosport around the village, a re-routed Newgate Lane South and improvements to the A27, Titchfield Gyratory and St Margarets Roundabout.
The plan also includes £35million improvements to create a Junction 10 off-slip road on the eastbound M27 Cllr Sean Woodward, Hampshire's highways supremo and Fareham Borough Council leader, said it was the biggest road scheme in the county since the Totton Bypass 30 years ago.
Initial plans went to the public last July where three possible routes were offered up for a potential Stubbington Bypass and residents were also asked if they wanted the bypass - 87 per cent supported the idea.
A combination of two of the routes is now the preferred option.
The plans, which are not yet certain to get crucial Government funding, will be on display at various venues and libraries throughout June.
Council bosses hope that the extensive changes, which should be in place by 2018, will improve access to Fareham and Gosport, make the area more attractive to investors and therefore create more jobs as well as securing the future of the plans for a new community at Welborne and the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus.
But Cllr Woodward said that without the £90million funding from Government, it simply would not go ahead.
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership put in the bid in March supported by Hampshire County Council plus Fareham and Gosport borough councils.
He said the scheme would never have been considered if it had not been for the controversial plans for 6,000 homes at Welborne, a new community north of Fareham, and the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, which hopes to bring 3,500 jobs.
Cllr Woodward said the scheme works as a package and that it was through these changes they could reduce congestion rather than creating a new bottleneck somewhere else.
The consultation will end on August 4 and depending on the outcome planning applications could follow in spring next year.
Many councillors welcomed the scheme.
Stubbington ward councillor and county councillor Chris Wood said: “It's overdue. The amount of traffic that will emanate from Daedalus has to be controlled. The traffic through Stubbington is appalling so this is absolutely necessary.”
The exhibtions will take place:
- Monday June 9, 1pm to 6pm, Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington.
- Wednesday June 11, 3pm to 8pm, Titchfield Community Centre.
- Friday June 13, 3pm to 7pm, Lee-on-the-Solent Community Centre.
- Monday June 16, 4pm to 7pm, Fareham Academy/Neville Lovett School.
- Thursday June 19, 2pm to 7.30pm, Royal Sovereign Pavilion, Newgate Lane.
- Saturday June 21, 10am to 4pm, Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington.
- Tuesday June 24, 4pm to 7pm, Fareham Academy/Neville Lovett School.
- Wednesday June 25, 3pm to 8pm, Titchfield Community Centre.
- Monday June 30, 4pm to 8pm, Peel Common Junior School.
- Unmanned exhibitions will be at libraries in Fareham, Stubbington, Locks Heath, Lee-on-the-Solent and Gosport Discovery Centre.
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