A ROAD blighted for decades by traffic congestion will be the subject of extensive work, Hampshire County Council has announced.
The council confirmed its plans for a £160m transport investment scheme, which includes major improvements to Newgate Lane in Fareham to ease traffic flow.
The council will spend £8.5m, with some funding from Local Transport Boards, on consulting about and works on the road.
But the council’s investment plan remains subject to approval by councillors at a meeting scheduled for February 21.
The details of the work are yet to be confirmed but as previously reported in The News, it could see Newgate Lane become a dual carriageway between Longfield Avenue and Speedfields Park.
Councillor Mel Kendal is deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport at the county council.
He said the council will consult widely and the scheme will improve the road for pedestrians and cyclists, along with better access to the enterprise zone at the site of the former HMS Daedalus airfield.
He said: ‘We are currently at the preliminary design stage for an improvement scheme for Newgate Lane.
‘Once we have a preferred scheme for the route alignment and junction improvements, we will consult local residents, businesses and councillors to ensure we take their views into consideration when finalising the design.’
The consultation will take place this year with work due to start in early 2014.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said she welcomed the improvements.
She said: ‘It’s just so needed and overdue, and anyone who has used the road in and out of Gosport knows we are in desperate need.
‘It’s a big issue as 20,000 out-commute from the Gosport peninsula because we’ve got less than half a job per working adult.
‘For years and years we couldn’t get investment in the road infrastructure around Gosport because it was seen as strategically unimportant by the powers that be, but now we’ve got the enterprise zone we’ve become strategically important.’
Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘It’s absolutely the right thing and we can’t get on with it quickly enough as far as I’m concerned.’