Motorists complain about traffic lights after work on Gosport road

CLOGGED Cars have been held up in Wych Lane
CLOGGED Cars have been held up in Wych Lane

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TAILBACKS caused by traffic lights are clogging up a recently-reopened road.

Wych Lane, in Gosport, opened last month after a lengthy closure for work on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme.

The new layout has been praised but drivers say traffic lights are not letting enough cars out on to the A32.

Councillor Dennis Wright, the Labour ward councillor for the area, said he has received complaints from people stuck in tailbacks.

He said: ‘There have been problems with the lights in Fareham Road in that they are only staying on green for a short time and letting around two cars out before they turn red again.

‘This is resulting in tailbacks along Wych Lane and Tukes Avenue.

‘I have reported this to Hampshire County Council which is supposed to be looking at it. I had one lady call me on Monday morning.

‘It took her more than 20 minutes from Tukes Avenue to get out on to Fareham Road. I was disappointed because we had a similar problem when Wych Lane closed and people were diverted to Cunningham Drive.

‘But the county council rephased those.’

Wych Lane was shut for 10 months while an old railway bridge was removed and underground cables moved.

There is now a junction which will form part of the BRT route, expected to open later this year.

Cllr Wright said he thought the road was better than it was before.

‘When the archway was there traffic going from Fareham Road towards Bridgemary had the right of way but traffic going the other way didn’t give way. It was a bit of a problem.

‘But now the road is much more open and it is much-improved.’

Ann Cusack, who runs Swyches hairdressing salon in the road, said: ‘I’m happy with how everything went and the new road.

‘The men worked well to work with the business and did the best they could, stopping their vehicles so people could get through.

‘We were worried about the effect it would have and while we have lost a few people it has generally been very good.’