Date set for Havant road revamp

ALL CHANGE The busy crossing at Park Road South at Havant. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122049-7728)
ALL CHANGE The busy crossing at Park Road South at Havant. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (122049-7728)
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THE £630,000 redevelopment of a Havant town centre road will begin in just under a month.

Park Road North and Park Road South will undergo a transformation but there are fears over the upheaval while work is carried out.

At a Havant Borough Council meeting to explain the plan to local businesses, it was revealed the busy pedestrian crossing by McDonald’s will be replaced with a toucan crossing. The crossing and the pavements will be expanded for use by both cyclists and walkers.

Steve Mountain, of Havant Borough Council’s transport and implementation team, said: ‘The town centre is moving west and the east is becoming more residential so changes need to be made.’

Mr Mountain described the current pedestrian crossing as ‘at the end of its serviceable life’. Mandy Jones, owner of Baileys hair salon, in Park Road South, said: ‘The road will look great eventually, but in the period it will take to renovate it will be a nightmare.’

She continued: ‘Outside my shop it will be one lane, which is quite dangerous as wide lorries hardly fit into the lanes now.

‘It’s a good idea, although I’m worried about the safety of the shared pedestrian and cycle path outside my shop.

‘Something had to be done with the road.’

While £100,000 will come from grants the rest of the cash will come from Tesco, which agreed the payment when it was given permission to double the size of the Tesco Extra store in Solent Road several years ago.

Mr Mountain said: ‘Park Road South will be fully-funded by Tesco.’

Meanwhile, Park Road North is being paid grants from Havant access improvements – £35,000, Green Transport – £53,600, Operation Resilience – £14,000 and Highways Maintenance – £5,000.

Work on Park Road North is scheduled to finish on May 3.

Work will start on Park Road South on May 6 and is scheduled to be finished by July 26.