Concerns raised over change to Gosport junction

DANGER The junction near Dock Road is having �250,000 of improvements but not everyone backs the plans
DANGER The junction near Dock Road is having �250,000 of improvements but not everyone backs the plans

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  • Concerns are raised that change to junction will no solve safety problems
  • Residents feel they will just move the problems to other places in the town
  • But councillor says change to junction is essential
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FEARS have been raised over a £243,000 makeover of a junction.

Residents living near Dock Road in Gosport are worried that new safety measures to the junction will cause more problems.

The traffic lights will not solve the problem, they will just move it

Jo Potter

Hampshire County Council is spending the money to put in traffic lights following a number of accidents involving cyclists.

But Jo Potter is one of many people living near the junction who think the lights will be more dangerous.

She said: ‘There are so many traffic lights in Gosport already that one more will cause more tailbacks.

‘South Street is a main road from the ferry and at certain points of the day, there are a lot of cyclists going down that road who have come off the Gosport ferry.

‘If there are traffic lights, they will all bunch up and then, when the lights go green, they will be setting off in a massive group at different speeds.

‘This will be even more dangerous for them.’

Ms Potter, from Old Road, said drivers could become impatient and use nearby residential streets.

‘These could become rat-runs,’ she added.

‘Children play down some of the streets and there are a lot of cars parked down there.

‘The traffic lights will not solve the problem, they will just move it.’

As reported in The News, the council is looking to spend the money after 27 incidents involving cyclists were reported in the past 18 months.

The junction, which leads to an Asda superstore, will have three-way traffic control instead of the give-way signs which are currently there.

But Ms Potter said a better solution would be better visibility.

‘I am not against cyclists,’ she said.

‘I just think better visibility is the key to making that junction safer.

‘At the moment, if you are turning right or left, the other car blocks your view.’

But councillor for Town ward Cllr Chris Carter said the work was essential before someone is killed.

‘The work is essential for the safety of cyclists and other road users,’ he said.

‘We have to change it before someone is killed there so I am glad steps are being taken to make it safer.

‘It is a busy junction with people turning down Dock Road to get to Asda and other businesses down there.’

The work will be starting the summer.