Newgate Lane roadworks delayed by underground pipes

Work on Newgate Lane has been delayed
Work on Newgate Lane has been delayed
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Vital roadworks aiming to tackle congestion have been delayed by underground pipes.

The works in Newgate Lane North in Fareham are still going on, despite an initial estimate that they would be completed by July.

I wanted to know why it is taking so long to do the works at Newgate Lane.

James Baggott

Business owner James Baggott wrote to Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage to air his concerns on the length of time the improvements have taken.

The managing director of Blackball Media, who lives in Gosport, said: ‘I wanted to know why it is taking so long to do the works at Newgate Lane.

‘It’s a ridiculous amount of time spent on what is essentially a few new bits of Tarmac.

‘I wrote to Ms Dinenage telling her that getting in and out of Gosport must be her number one priority in representing our town.’

After enquiring at the county council, Ms Dinenage wrote back saying the delays were caused because underground pipes had to be moved. Her response included a letter from the council explaining why the work was being done.

Mr Baggott said: ‘It’s brilliant that she bothered to respond and chased it up with the council – it proves she’s working for her constituents.

‘I was impressed and very grateful.

‘It’s nice to know our MP is taking people to task.’

In the letter from the council, it said the works in Newgate Lane were being carried out in a way that aimed to keep the existing capacity of the road and reduce disruption.

It added the construction strategy has been broadly successful, and the alternatives, such as temporary traffic lights or closing the road, would have reduced construction time but increased disruption.

The work is now due to be competed by August 17.

Around £110m is being spent by the council to improve the roads around Fareham and Gosport.

As well as the current work in Newgate Lane, the area is hoping reap the benefits of the Stubbington bypass and a new road being built at Newgate Lane South. Work is due to start on this later this month.