Work to speed up buses starts this summer

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A NEW contraflow bus lane is to be built at a busy junction in Gosport to improve the Bus Rapid Transit scheme.

Hampshire County Council plans to install the lane in Lees Lane North, between its junction with Forton Road and Lees Lane.

The council hopes the work, which will start in July and finish in October, will ease problems for Eclipse E1 and E2 buses in the area, along with other services

As reported, the county council hopes to extend the BRT if it gets government funding.

Temporary lights will be in place during the works.

Two parking spaces in Lees Lane North will be lost but there will be extended parking hours on the north side of Lees Lane along with new parking and loading bays.

A give way junction at the end of the one-way section of Lees Lane will give priority to buses.

But Phil Cox, the owner of nearby The Trafalgar pub is unhappy with the proposals, which he says will complicate deliveries to his pub.

He said: ‘I’ve seen the plans and I wasn’t happy about it. It’s not such a good scheme for us.

‘They’re cutting the whole corner off it, so when we’re trying to get the lorries in to have our trade deliveries it’s going to be a bit of a nightmare trying to deal with bus lanes and the contraflow traffic.

But leader of the council Councillor Mark Hook said officers had looked at Mr Cox’s concerns and say the changes will not disrupt the deliveries.

The E1 bus will now get priority at The Crossways and Lees Lane North approaches to the junction of The Crossways, Forton Road and Lees Lane North.

There will be upgrades to the traffic signals at the junction.

A new bus stop and shelter in Lees Lane North will be installed along with an upgrade to the one in The Crossways.

Both will have CCTV, real time bus and ferry times, along with local information.

Cllr Hook said: ‘Anything we can do to make the service more efficient has got to be a good thing.

‘During the summer months they can get on with the work a lot quicker than in the inclement weather.’