Peninsula access to get easier as roads improved

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A HOST of measures has been approved to make travelling between Fareham and Gosport easier.

The county council signed off two multimillion pound schemes yesterday, both of which will make accessing the Gosport peninsular easier.

The first moved the £30m Stubbington bypass a step closer to reality, and revealed preferred routes to go out to further public consultation.

An initial public consultation was held this summer on three possible bypass routes. A total of 488 attended the drop-in sessions, 3,900 visits were made to the website and 643 questionnaires were returned.

Yesterday it was revealed an overall majority of residents, 87 per cent, expressed support for a Stubbington bypass, with roughly two thirds in support of the red route off Gosport Road and one third in favour of the blue route off Newgate Lane.

Executive member for transport Cllr Sean Woodward approved the scheme at the meeting yesterday.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘There has been a fantastic response and it is always nice to see a big response to something the county council wants to do.

‘The next challenge is how to pay for it.’

The second scheme approved by Cllr Woodward yesterday will see a range of works start to ease A27 bottlenecks, such as reconfiguring Station Roundabout and adding a bus gate on Hartlands Road to take buses off Quay Street roundabout in Fareham.

This will cost £6.61m. The council hopes to secure £4.96m from the Solent Local Transport Body and it will add the additional £1.65m.

The first works on the A27 corridor are earmarked to start in early 2014. Funding is in place to start work on the northern section of Newgate Lane and for traffic lights at Peel Common roundabout.

Deputations were made in support of the plans by Lee East Cllr Graham Burgess, Leesland and Town Cllr Christopher Carter and Fareham Crofton Cllr Chris Wood.

Cllr Carter said: ‘Improving access to the peninsula has always been my main agenda item... [in the past] not a lot has happened. Things have changed now that we have the Solent Enterprise Zone.’

Cllr Burgess said: ‘It is pleasing to see a fully integrated plan. This is the first time we have had a plan which looks at all the problems.’

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