MEASURES to combat congestion in Fareham and Gosport have been given the go ahead.
The package, which includes a Stubbington bypass, was signed off by the executive member for transport at Hampshire County Council yesterday.
Cllr Sean Woodward confirmed the route for the bypass and the southern section of Newgate Lane.
He also approved other major plans to tackle congestion, such as improvements to Peel Common Roundabout and St Margaret’s roundabout and doubling the carriageway on the A27.
Cllr Woodward took into consideration the results from a consultation which drew 490 responses, of which more than a third were in favour of the scheme.
He said: ‘The need to improve access to Gosport is a key priority for the council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.
‘Congestion is a real problem in this area and improving the transport network will undoubtedly encourage new investment and development, which in turn will provide new jobs.
‘The long-term picture is a very positive one for Fareham and Gosport as this level of investment enables us to make the fundamental changes needed to solve the ongoing daily issues.’
Ranvilles Lane resident Mary Jo Frew made a deputation at the meeting against the bypass, which she said would ruin countryside as well as encourage building in the strategic gap.
She also raised concerns about how the consultation was conducted and about its low response rate.
However local councillors welcomed the proposals.
Cllr Graham Burgess, who represents Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘The people in Fareham and Gosport have been waiting for this for many years. These improvements will ease the commute. They will benefit everybody in Gosport.’
Cllr Chris Wood, who represents Crofton, said: ‘It is absolutely required. We are finally going to get something done about the terrible transport links in this area.
‘Although we have to make sure that we have adequate traffic calming measures to ensure Stubbington does not get used as a rat run.’
The council will now prepare planning applications to be submitted next year for the two new roads and it will continue work on Newgate Lane North, and on the A27 Western Way.