Stubbington bypass and road improvement plans on display

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DETAILED road improvement plans including a long-awaited bypass have gone on display to councillors ahead of public consultations next week.

Scores of councillors from Hampshire County, Fareham Borough and Gosport Borough councils went to preview the proposals at the Civic Offices in Fareham yesterday.

BUSY Cllr Sean Woodward wants action to alleviate traffic problems in Stubbington

BUSY Cllr Sean Woodward wants action to alleviate traffic problems in Stubbington

The improvements include £8.5m on Newgate Lane, changes to the Peel Common roundabout to increase the traffic flow and a potential Stubbington bypass.

The plans will go out to consultation next week, with a series of six public exhibitions, where residents are invited to comment.

Cllr Sean Woodward, who is in charge of transport matters for the county, was eager to tell residents that building a road in the strategic gap would not mean housing would follow.

He also said that this work was now possible due to developments at Daedalus.

There are three potential routes for the Stubbington bypass which the public will be invited to comment on.

Work on Newgate Lane is further along and if the specific details are agreed upon, it will go ahead from spring 2014 until spring 2015.

Deputy leader of Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Graham Burgess said: ‘It is a win-win situation. The fact that people have realised we need access off the peninsula is great.

‘I’ve asked for traffic lights at Peel Common roundabout and it’s not a case of if, but when. This will help the flow of traffic. The sooner this is done, the better.’

Stubbington ward councillor Kay Mandry said: ‘I am very much in favour of Newgate Lane improvements as traffic coming from Daedalus will be directed along there. I support the bypass but I would like to see where it will start and finish.

‘My concern is that when the traffic gets to Titchfield it will create another bottleneck there.’

The first public consultation will be held on Monday from 2pm to 8pm at the Titchfield Community Centre.