THE FINAL element for plans for a multi-million bypass project is set to be given the go-ahead by Hampshire’s transport chief next week.

Final investigation work on the £34.5m Stubbington Bypass is set to be approved by Hampshire County Council transport portfolio holder Councillor Rob Humby next week.

The investigative work, which will be undertaken by an external contractor will look at soil conditions.

The study will also look into the location of any unmapped underground cables, the condition of the existing drainage network and archaeological surveys.

The results of the investigations will help finalise the design of the scheme.

It could also highlight any risks which need mitigating and enable the scheme to commence later this year.

The council say the proposed 3.5km kilometre road to the south of Fareham and the north-west of Stubbington will alleviate already heavy traffic congestions.

They say is also support long-term plans for regeneration and economic development, including improved access to Gosport and the Enterprise Zone at Daedalus.

Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for environment and transport, added: “Stubbington bypass represents a key part of the county council’s strategy to improve access into Gosport and Fareham, to reduce congestion, improve air quality in the area and improve journey time reliability for road users.

“It is a scheme that has been carefully planned for a number of years.

“These investigation works will turn the plan into a reality, allowing the scheme to be finalised and work to start on the ground.”

The project comes as part of a £100m package of investment into roads in the area.

These include improvements to Newgate Lane, Peel Common roundabout, St Margaret’s roundabout and the A27 from Fareham rail station towards Segensworth roundabout through Titchfield.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council said: “I am delighted that Stubbington Bypass, a long-dead scheme which I resurrected five years ago, is making such excellent progress.

“It is well-supported locally and is an essential part of our £100m Access to Fareham and Gosport project to provide better road links for residents to Welborne, the Solent Enterprise Zone and M27 motorway.”