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PLANS are being looked at for how to improve traffic flow on a busy main road.

Hampshire County Council has identified the A27, from Fareham station heading west to Segensworth, as a key route that needs updating.

It has drawn up a list of more than 30 potential schemes as part of its draft transport delivery plan (TDP), which sketches out how infrastructure in Hampshire will develop up to 2026.

The scheme would widen the single carriageway sections between Fareham station and Segensworth as well as updating traffic signals and improving junctions along this section.

It would also consider capacity and junction improvements further west along the A27 between Segensworth and Windhover roundabout at Bursledon.

It is not yet known how much the scheme will cost.

Cllr Sean Woodward, the chairman for the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire said: ‘The startling figure that comes out of this is that the county has put a price tag of £2bn just on the highways and education schemes it has identified.

‘The district and unitary authorities will also be looking at the schemes they feel are necessary, and you are looking at an awful lot of expenditure across the county.

‘With all these schemes, it will be a question of priorities, their being properly costed and properly funded.’

Councillor Mel Kendal, chairman of Transport for South Hampshire said: ‘The transport delivery plan will put us in a strong position to pursue new funding opportunities from a secure base.

‘It will also enable us to clearly see which transport schemes should be prioritised to solve current or future transport problems and ensure good value for money.

‘The TDP will yield many benefits. It will help us promote and improve public transport and other alternatives to the car, strengthen existing urban areas by encouraging sustainable patterns of living and working, and target improvements to the highway network where these bring the biggest economic gains.’

The council is inviting comments from the public on the draft document which can be made at hants.gov.uk/tfsh by January 14.

In the report the A27 is a labelled a ‘vital local and strategic artery’, with Segensworth and Whiteley as key employment destinations for many in the Gosport and Fareham areas.