A £1m traffic scheme could finally bring relief to Havant’s rush-hour congestion problems.
Every day, parts of Havant become gridlocked as thousands of people travel to and from businesses in Langstone Technology Park and around Broadmarsh – creating misery for many commuters.
For the past few years community leaders and the authorities have been devising possible ways of solving the problem.
Now they believe they have come up with the best solution.
Following consultation with Broadmarsh Transport Forum, Hampshire County Council is proposing a traffic lights junction to replace the mini roundabout that joins Harts Farm Way and Southmoor Lane.
Rob Burns, a manager at Fleet Repair Centre in Harts Farm Way, welcomed the move.
He said: ‘As long as the traffic lights are timed right, it should work.
‘Given the fact that people don’t let each other out and it backs up, the traffic lights would be the best solution.’
But he said he did not believe it would make the problem go away completely.
‘It’s down to the volume of traffic,’ he said.
‘It’s a dead-end with lots of factories down there.’
Havant Councillor David Guest, chairman of Broadmarsh Transport Forum, said the traffic lights would be ‘intelligent’ – whereby they would respond accordingly to traffic flows from each direction.
He said: ‘It holds everybody up.
‘You can’t get people out of Langstone Technology Park and the Southmoor area.’
He said Hampshire County Council would design the scheme and report back to the forum.
He added: ‘We are definitely on the path to finding a solution.’
Councillor Sean Woodward, in charge of transport in Hampshire, said: ‘Three options were investigated – temporary traffic signals on the existing roundabout, a permanent traffic signalised junction removing the roundabout layout, and permanent traffic signals located remotely from the roundabout.
The report showed that changing the roundabout to a signalised junction would not only be the safest option, but would also have the biggest impact on reducing congestion during the morning and afternoon peaks.’
A feasibility study will be now be carried out.
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