Fareham roundabout set for £4.6m upgrade work

Plans for the St Margaret's roundabout
Plans for the St Margaret's roundabout
An aerial view of the Solent airfield. Picture by Shaun Roster

IFA2 project takes another step as planning approved

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TRAFFIC lights and an additional lane are to be brought into a busy roundabout in a bid to ease traffic.

The final plans for St Margaret’s roundabout on the A27 in Fareham were approved at a county council meeting.

Executive member for transport Sean Woodward heard a project appraisal and signed it off, meaning the authority can now press ahead with the plan once a £4.6m bid to the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership secures the cash.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It’s a very important part of a package of measures being brought in to sort out the traffic issues between Gosport and the M27.

‘It’s one part that local members are keen that we get on with and I’m sure we will move ahead as soon as we get confirmation of the funding from the LEP.’

Councillor Geoff Hockley, who represents Titchfield on the county council, spoke at the meeting to reinforce residents’ views that the roundabout must be well-maintained.

He said: ‘This is a long-awaited project and is one that enjoys my total support and that of the constituents in my division.

‘St Margaret’s roundabout is one of the most attractive roundabouts in Fareham.

‘It’s one of the reasons that we have won gold in Fareham in Bloom and with this new project some of it will be chopped away but I’d urge you to reassure us that it will be brought back to the state that it is now.’

Cllr Woodward said: ‘Yes it will be slightly smaller but just as pretty.’

As well as the roundabout becoming smaller, plus the introduction of traffic lights and another lane, some adjoining county council-owned land currently managed by the county farms estate will be used to build a new boundary fence, replacement hedge and ditch.