Major route closed for work on new bus corridor

CLOSED The sign announcing the closure of Wych Lane.    Picture: Ian Hargreaves
CLOSED The sign announcing the closure of Wych Lane. Picture: Ian Hargreaves
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A MAJOR road has been partially closed from this morning for work building the controversial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

The section of road underneath the railway bridge in Wych Lane, Gosport, was shut from 11am today (March 7) for the bridge to be demolished.

The closure will remain in place for 10 months while the road surface is then raised to form a new junction with the proposed bus route.

Gas and water mains will also be moved along with telephone and electricity cables.

Lisa Higman, 43, of nearby Morris Close, said: ‘I think it’s going to cause us a lot of problems.

‘I have three teenagers who get the bus to Fareham College in the morning.

‘I’m not sure what this will mean for them when they want to get the bus each day as the bus stop is the other side of the bridge.

‘The bridge was shut before and it was a nightmare then.

‘I think the BRT scheme will be a good thing in the long run, but 10 months is a long time to close that part of the road.’

Traffic will be diverted through Gregson Avenue and Cunningham Drive to the A32 Fareham Road and bus diversions will be put into place.

A free shuttle bus service will be introduced from Nobes Avenue shops to Tukes Avenue, Brading Avenue, Brewers Lane and Nobes Avenue between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.