Worries over new road crossing for Gosport bus route

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CONCERNS have been raised over a new crossing on a controversial busway, which those living nearby say will be an accident waiting to happen.

The proposed pedestrian crossing in Wych Lane, Gosport, will be built near the route currently being constructed for the £24m bus rapid transit scheme.

The uncontrolled crossing will replace an underpass which has been removed to make way for the new road which follows the route of the disused Gosport to Fareham train line.

But residents want a light-controlled crossing, to make it safer for the elderly.

Viv Morge, of Wych Lane, said: ‘I want a proper crossing put in there controlled by a push button.

‘You can see there will be one hell of an accident there when the buses are whizzing up and down.

‘The way the council has gone about this, it’s been a complete and utter shambles.’

Anne Cusack, the owner of Swyches hairdressers, also in Wych Lane, added: ‘I have got quite a few elderly customers who come over from that direction on their mobility scooters or with walking sticks, and it could get difficult for them.

‘It would be nice to have a full light-controlled crossing, but sadly I can’t see it happening.’

But Hampshire County Council leader, Cllr Ken Thornber, said a traffic light-controlled crossing was not needed.

‘The type of crossing to be installed has been determined in accordance with design guidelines and on the best advice of our technically-qualified officers,’ he said.

‘Both the objectives and the future usage of the busway, together with the wishes of local residents to have a crossing in this area, and of course the health and safety of any future users of the pedestrian crossing, have all been taken into account.’

The route is expected to open in spring next year following legal challenges that delayed the project.

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