FUNDING has been approved to build a new road to ease traffic along one of the county’s most congested roads.
Hampshire County Council, in conjunction with the Homes and Community Agency, has won a bid to the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to fund the new route to the east of the Newgate Lane route from Gosport to Fareham.
In 2010, Newgate Lane was found to be the eighth most congested road in the county at evening rush hour.
Two options will go out to public consultation in the summer, with work expected to start in early 2014 and be completed by autumn 2016.
Option A will see a new road built from near the entrance of Peel Common wastewater treatment works, crossing Woodcote Lane and joining the existing Peel Common roundabout.
Under this option, the old Newgate Lane would remain open as a service route and would be improved for pedestrians and cyclists.
Option B would see a new road created from near Tanners Lane, again crossing Woodcote Lane and joining on to the Peel Common roundabout. This option would see Newgate Lane closed to through traffic, except cyclists.
Lee East ward councillor Graham Burgess said: ‘The idea of building a new road east of the existing one is a brilliant idea. It would speed up access to the Daedalus enterprise zone, which is brilliant news for firms that want to relocate.’
Fareham Crofton county councillor Tim Knight said: ‘It will have a huge effect on the residents of Newgate Lane and on people coming from Gosport.’
Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport welcomed the plans but said a western access road is still needed.
She said: ‘It’s important that residents get involved in the consultation.
‘The county council is listening on this and the plans are evolving as they move forward.
‘It’s key that those who live and use the road regularly put forward their thoughts on how best to improve it.
‘The Solent Enterprise Zone has enabled money to come forward. We want to attract businesses to the site and in order to do that we need a road network that is able to address the challenges.’
Leader of Fareham Borough Council Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘It’s extremely good news.
‘It’s about opening up Daedalus for the Solent Enterprise Zone, but there will be others which benefit too.
‘It will be interesting to see what the people want. Newgate Lane is an absolutely appalling bottleneck.’