DRIVING around Fareham is set to become a whole lot easier as a raft of traffic improvement measures costing nearly £10m has been agreed by the council.
Executive member for economy, transport and environment, Cllr Sean Woodward, gave the county council’s approval to the works earlier this week, which will see improvements to Newgate Lane and the A27.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘The improvements to the northern part of Newgate Lane mark the first stage of a wider strategy to provide better access to Gosport Peninsula and the Solent Enterprise Zone.
‘The scheme will provide two lanes in each direction along the northern section of Newgate Lane, improve the junctions and provide better off-road pedestrian and cycling facilities.
‘We aim to follow this first phase of works with improvements to the southern section of Newgate Lane and the Peel Common roundabout.
‘We are also working up proposals to further improve western access to Gosport including a bypass around Stubbington and improvements to the A27 corridor. Combined, theses measures will tackle the traffic problems residents, commuters and tourists face when travelling to and from the Gosport Peninsula.’
These improvement are set to cost around £8.5m, with a further £1.1m to be spent on the A27.
The A27 will see bus lanes moved over to create an extra lane for traffic, a reworked layout at Station Roundabout and a bus gate to allow buses leaving Fareham bus station to bypass Quay Street Roundabout.
The works are expected to start next Spring.
Cllr Woodward added: ‘These improvements will greatly improve congestion in Fareham and Gosport, making them more desirable locations to live, work and visit.’