Footbridge goes as part of £2m bid to ease congestion revamp

The footbridge over Western Way at Fareham, beside the Quay Street roundabout was removed throughout Saturday evening going on into Sunday moring to allow the road to be re-opened  The re-modelling of the roundabout is being done to improve the traffic flow in conjunction with the new Tesco store being built nearby   Picture: Malcolm Wells (112189-556)
The footbridge over Western Way at Fareham, beside the Quay Street roundabout was removed throughout Saturday evening going on into Sunday moring to allow the road to be re-opened The re-modelling of the roundabout is being done to improve the traffic flow in conjunction with the new Tesco store being built nearby Picture: Malcolm Wells (112189-556)
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A bridge has been removed to kick-start the major redevelopment of a Fareham road.

The footbridge over Western Way was removed on Saturday.

It is part of a £2m revamp of the Quay Street roundabout, and is being funded by Tesco.

Contractors have designed a new road layout to help relieve congestion at the junction.

Work on the roundabout being completed was a major condition for Tesco being granted permission for the store more than a year ago.

As part of Tesco’s redevelopment of the Old Foundry Site in Quay Street, which is next to the A27 Eastern Way, significant building work is needed to the site and the road.

They include making changes to the roundabout and approaches as part of an overall £14m development.

Leader of Fareham Borough Council Sean Woodward said: ‘The much-needed roadworks being carried out by Tesco are vital to ease congestion in Fareham.

‘As part of its plans it is widening the roads and this is why the footbridge has been removed.

‘These plans will benefit so many people as the road is a notorious bottleneck.

‘The road requires significant improvements and the situation is not dissimilar to the Johnson & Johnson roundabout that was in Hilsea.

‘That was just as notorious and the lights have improved the traffic there a lot.’

The removal of the Western Way footbridge was due to take place last weekend, but was delayed a week because of forecasted high winds.

But this weekend’s bad weather did not stop developers from carrying out the task.

The bridge’s removal will now pave the way for the roadworks to be completed.

Work has already begun on the foundations of the Tesco store.

The steel frame for the main building is expected to start being built in early July and completed by mid-August.

‘The Tesco development is still on track,’ added Cllr Woodward.

‘The store is still on track to open before Christmas this year.’

As part of the work, an underground car park, which will hold 310 vehicles, is also being built.