A ROAD that has spent years not even on the drawing board is inching closer to reality after a new transport boss kick-started work.
The first act of Councillor Sean Woodward, the new lead for transport at Hampshire County Council, has been to order updates to plans for a Stubbington bypass.
He wants to prepare the case for the road, ahead of any applications for government funding.
Work will now begin to review and update initial old technical work, along with a new consultation.
Cllr Woodward said any work scheme would need to bolster the already-planned work to Newgate Lane to help the development of the Daedalus Enterprise Zone.
He said: ‘I want us to work closely with the local community who are already experiencing the impact of traffic on the highway network.
‘I’ll be considering proposals early next month for extending our planned consultations on the proposed Newgate Lane improvements to consider initial ideas for a wider bypass for Stubbington.
‘The development of improved access for the Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, via the proposed Newgate Lane scheme is the immediate priority. We’ve secured widespread support and a funding package to start this work by 2014.’
As previously reported in The News, the scheme in Stubbington would link to Segensworth and the A27.
It comes as Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage has been campaigning to speed up the delivery of the bypass, which had been shelved.
The council was due to look at the plans again in 2026.
Ms Dinenage hosted local transport minister Norman Baker MP in Gosport, showing him the transport links and traffic problems.
As reported, Patrick McLoughlin, the transport minister, is due to visit the town with Ms Dinenage next month.
Speaking to The News, Ms Dinenage said: ‘I’ve been campaigning for large-scale improvements to the local roads in and around the Gosport peninsula since my election.
‘I’m delighted that Mr Woodward’s transport department at the county council are now looking again at options for a Stubbington bypass.’
Alex Brims, chairman of Hill Head and Stubbington Conservative Association, is backing Mr Woodward.
He said: ‘It’s pleasing to see that he’s taken the opportunity to commission a review of the technical work previously undertaken in respect of the Stubbington bypass.’