MOTORISTS and bus users will soon be able to get around Fareham quicker, as a £1m county council scheme to improve the town’s roads is due to start.
A range of improvements are planned for this year, to boost the reliability of Eclipse buses and make access to the Gosport peninsula along the A32 better.
One of the aims is to make it easier to get to the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent.
The first part of this work will see a new bus gate at the intersection of the A27 Western Way and Western Road, and alterations to the existing A27 bus lane, on the approach to the Station Roundabout.
The bus lane will be moved to one side, freeing up an extra lane of traffic, and is expected to start on Monday, February 10 and last for nine months.
Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘One of the first schemes I asked to have designed when I took up the role of executive member for economy, transport and environment at the county council in May was one to deal with issues around buses on Western Way.
‘There was a great deal of public dissatisfaction about the taking of carriageway exclusively for buses as well as issues around Eclipse buses using the Quay Street junction.
‘I’m delighted that this £1m scheme will be going ahead in coming days and will be completed this year.’
There will be road closures taking place throughout the works, on both parts of the scheme.
The council said it would try to keep road closures to a minimum during the day, although the majority of the work will be taking place between 7.30am and 6pm.
It also said signs will be put up to provide the exact dates and times of when closures will apply.
Lane closures on the A27 Western Way will be undertaken during the off-peak period between 9.30am and 4pm. The council said it would be sending letters to residents and local businesses within the next two weeks.