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£30m bypass consultation to ease traffic chaos near Fareham and Gosport
PLANS for a £30m bypass between Hampshire towns have taken another step forward.
It comes after previous consultation on three possible routes from Fareham to the A27 at Titchfield – a ‘blue’ route off Newgate Lane, ‘red’ route off Gosport Road and ‘green’ route off Longford Avenue.
But the latter was scrapped at a county council decision by Sean Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment, after only six per cent of more than 600 residents supported it.
Funding has still not been identified but Cllr Woodward ruled out making a deal with a housing developer.
He said: “We are certainly not going to pay for it with a huge housing development in the strategic gap between Stubbington and Fareham.
The money will need to come from government because we do not have it here.”
Local county councillors backed the moves and said residents had reacted positively to the consultation.
Cllr Christopher Carter, who represents Leesland and Town, said: “The people I have spoken to were really excited that they were being asked for their views. It’s been an issue that’s been sitting there for ages and people in Gosport never thought anything was going to happen, but clearly something is.”
The council will now draw up indepth plans for the remaining routes or a possible combination to take back to residents. The red route was previously most popular with just under two thirds in support.
It was part of a wider traffic plan for the area with Cllr Woodward also approving designs to widen the northern section of Newgate Lane to two lanes each way with additional cycle lanes, provide a bypass lane for Speedfields Park roundabout and create a new junction for HMS Collingwood.
Interim traffic calming measures at Peel Common roundabout will also go out to further consultation, including new traffic lights at the junctions on Newgate Lane, Rowner Road and Broom Way.
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