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A NEW transport authority covering south Hampshire will not provide funding for a Stubbington bypass.

The Solent Local Transport Body, formed this month, has received around £28.8m from central government.

Authorities on the board will decide which major local transport schemes the cash is spent on.

But that will not include a Stubbington bypass.

Cllr Sean Woodward is the executive member for transport at Hampshire County Council and said he hopes funding for the road will come directly from the government, rather than from a devolved pot of cash.

‘The cost of the Stubbington bypass will be about £30m,’ he said.

‘Our hope is that we’ll make a direct bid for government funding for the bypass.

‘This is for all of south Hampshire, so there will be a number of schemes will be looking at.’

Patrick McLoughlin, transport minister, is due to visit Gosport with Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Cllr Woodward this month.

As reported yesterday, plans for the road will be put out for public consultation in July to Fareham and Gosport residents.

Hampshire County, Portsmouth City, Southampton City and Isle of Wight councils and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership sit on the SLTB. A member of Partnership for Urban South Hampshire will join to represent district and borough councils.