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Have your say on £30m of transport ideas across the Portsmouth area

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MILLIONS of pounds could be spent across four projects that would unlock thousands of jobs, homes and employment spaces.

A bid of £30m has been put in to the Solent LEP and it wants people’s thoughts on the schemes.

They include improvements to the A27 station roundabout and Gudge Heath Lane in Fareham, Dunsbury Hill Farm Link Road in Havant and The Hard Interchange in Portsmouth.

Solent LEP, a locally-owned partnership between businesses and local authorities, wants to hear opinions and has launched a 12-week consultation.

It said the projects would boost the region’s economy and unlock 1,600 new jobs, over 2,200 new homes and 191,300 sq m of employment floor space.

Solent LEP chairman Gary Jeffries said: ‘Our partners have demonstrated their commitment to bringing forward these schemes and are backing them with an investment of close to £11m.

‘This joined-up investment approach will allow us to maximise the impact of the funding for the benefit of the region.

‘We look forward to receiving comments on the proposals as we work to secure funds through our Local Growth Deal.’

The projects would cost around £30m to undertake, over two years, with £19.2m allocated from central government funding.

The remaining £10.65m would come from local partners under the LEP’s proposals.

Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Sean Woodward, welcomed the proposals, which would see £6.6m spent in Fareham.

He said: ‘This is the next stage of the improvements to the A27 corridor following the Western Way bus lane and bus gate schemes and would deal with the bottleneck which causes daily traffic queues all the way back to junction 11 of the M27 and through the town centre.’

The Solent Local Transport Body has published business cases of all four projects and included in the Strategic Economic 
Plan.

Summary information on all projects can be found in the Solent Strategic Economic Plan, available at solentlep.org.uk

The full business cases have been published online at hants.gov.uk.

 

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