MULTIMILLION-POUND plans to improve traffic across Fareham and Gosport have gone on display to residents.
Hampshire County Council’s proposals for major changes to the A27 between Fareham and Segensworth were the first to go on show.
For over 30 years there have been safe places to cross the A27, but now there it’s difficult.Ian Donald
The changes include additional traffic lanes on Southampton Road approaching St Margaret’s Roundabout, two lanes in each direction between Segensworth and Titchfield and further road expansion from Bishopsfield Road to Station Roundabout.
The exhibition, held yesterday at Fareham College, is part of a series designed to show how the plans aim to tackle the area’s increasing congestion problem.
They were met with mixed responses from the public.
Ian Donald, an ex-commuter from Gosport and regular cyclist, was concerned over the suggested alterations around Titchfield.
He said: ‘For over 30 years there have been safe places to cross the A27, but now it’s difficult there.
‘It’s almost as if they are engineering ways to make it impossible to get past St Margaret’s roundabout.’
Debbie Toms said she liked seeing the plans but did not think they would help the residents. She lives near the junction of Gudge Heath Lane and The Avenue.
She said: ‘I like how easy the plans are to follow and I think it is good that the council is showing us the detailed plans. They are very useful.
‘But I don’t think all their changes will help residents.
‘The plans at Gudge Heath Lane will help buses but not car users. I am doubtful that it will improve congestion into the town centre.’
Subject to final approval, work will start on the various sites during the summer and take between 10 and 12 months.
Executive member for transport at the council, Councillor Sean Woodward said: ‘Congestion and journey time reliability is a real problem in this area.
‘Improving the transport network will undoubtedly encourage new investment and development into the area, providing new jobs for local people.’
The next exhibition will be held at Fareham College on June 29 between 1.30pm and 8pm. For more information on other upcoming displays visit hants.gov.uk.