New Fareham road given the green light by council to improve Gosport access

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A NEW road that is part of a £95m bid to improve access to the Gosport Peninsula has been given the green light by councillors.

The regulatory board at Hampshire County Council approved the new southern section of Newgate Lane, Fareham, which connects from Newgate Lane to Peel Common Roundabout.

Councillors reconvened yesterday after the plan was deferred last month so more work could be done to investigate the possibility of including bus laybys along the new road, as well as keeping the old Newgate Lane open to residents and buses.

These objections were thrown out yesterday as councillors decided to press on with the plan as originally proposed.

Ward councillor Chris Wood welcomed the decision.

He said: ‘It is very good news.

‘We have been waiting many years to improve the traffic flow along here.

‘It will be far better than what we have now.’

However residents of Woodcote Lane, a road off the old Newgate Lane, say they are unhappy with the decision.

Aimee White, 40, said a group of residents conducted research that found 80 per cent of residents wanted to see the old road stay open.

She said it would mean shorter journey times for residents and emergency vehicles, plus make it easier for residents to reach bus stops, while improving safety of the new road junction.

Council officers said their figures showed that 72 per cent of residents wanted the road closed. They also said that opening the road would mean five junctions on the roundabout, something they do not want to do in case it affects traffic flow.

Ms White said: ‘They are disregarding the majority.’