THE NEXT stage of road improvements to ease traffic is a step closer to getting under way after an application was submitted.
Plans for a new Newgate Lane south have been handed into Hampshire County Council and are open to the public for comments.
The application will see Newgate Lane closed at Peel Common Roundabout with a new access road created which will run alongside Brookers Playing Fields.
The £10m plan is already paid for by the government and is part of a bigger programme to improve traffic between Fareham and Gosport.
One of the projects includes changes to Newgate Lane north, which is expected to open within a fortnight.
Councillor Sean Woodward, the county council’s executive member for transport, said: ‘Seeing the application is very, very good news.
Seeing the application is very, very good news.Councillor Sean Woodward
‘We are building a whole new road so it is really going to take the pressure off the old Newgate Lane route.
‘The road will be closed at Peel Common roundabout and will be used as a service road and for cyclists.’
Cllr Woodward added the new route will offer a better quality of life for people living along Newgate Lane as there will be less traffic, less noise and less fumes.
Concerns had been raised on the planning application’s comments section about the new road cutting into the football pitches at Brookers Playing Fields, which are owned by Fareham Borough Council and leased to Gosport council.
But Cllr Woodward said the road would run alongside the field and would not take away any of the pitches.
He also answered concerns on the comments section about congestion fears.
‘Because we are building a whole new road, there will be no road closures,’ he said.
‘This means there shouldn’t be any added congestion to the roads.’
As reported by The News, the roadworks on Newgate Lane north had been causing long delays during rush-hour.
The works also took longer than expected and were originally due to be completed in early July.