Rush hour chaos as works combine to bring gridlock to Fareham

BUSY Heavy traffic queuing on the A32 in Fareham
BUSY Heavy traffic queuing on the A32 in Fareham
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COMMUTERS trying to head out of Gosport in the morning have been faced with rush-hour gridlock.

A combination of the ongoing works on the bus rapid transit (BRT) scheme and roadworks alongside the new Tesco off Quay Street in Fareham have been blamed for the latest chaos.

Diversions remain in place around Bridgemary as Wych Lane continues to be closed for the controversial £25m bus scheme.

And ramps have been put in place on the approach to Quay Street roundabout from the A32 and the A27 as preparations are made for the roads to be re-levelled and traffic islands installed.

Chris Flux, of Prideaux Brune Avenue in Bridgemary, said: ‘I know Tesco offered to pay for those roadworks, but who on earth let two major projects take place at the same time? They should be sacked.

‘It’s got noticeably worse in the last two weeks.

‘Some days it’s taken me an hour and a half just to go about a mile-and-a-half into the town centre.

Self-employed Mr Flux, who runs a mobile car spraying company, added: ‘It’s costing me a lot of time and money and it’s a real nightmare.

‘Wych Lane has been closed for six months.

‘They should have made that a priority and done it in six weeks.

‘The construction workers are just using it to park around there.’

Another motorist, who didn’t want to be named, added: ‘It’s been chaos out there, trying to turn onto the main road has been impossible. It’s made me late for work, and I’m usually pretty punctual.’

But Dave Merrills, site manager for the Tesco project said: ‘I haven’t had any adverse comments come through to me, but I suspect a lot of it is down to the volume of traffic now that all the schools have gone back – it doubles the amount on the roads, and people forget that after they’ve had six weeks without it.

‘I don’t think that the ramps will have made much difference.’

Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of environment matters for Hampshire, said: ‘The works at Wych Lane are particularly complicated and have to be carefully phased to enable a gas main, water main, telecom and electricity cables to be moved safely before the main junction can be completed.

‘I recognise that this will cause inconvenience but I would like to assure residents that we will do all we can to carry out this work as quickly and efficiently as possible and minimise disruption as far as we can.’

Works on the roundabout are on schedule to be completed towards the end of November.

Wych Lane is expected be reopened in January.