£3m road scheme to tackle traffic gets funds at last

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LONG-awaited improvements to a major road are set to go ahead after a £3m cash boost.

Part of Newgate Lane, which runs from Fareham to Lee-on-the-Solent, will be revamped to ease congestion and improve safety for cyclists.

Hampshire County Council has provided £3m for the scheme, which covers the section of road from HMS Collingwood to Peel Common.

A number of measures to ease traffic problems will be considered, including the option of widening the road.

There could also be a two-way cycle track and footpath and it’s hoped parts of the road will be straightened.

Gosport Councillor Graham Burgess, who has campaigned for the road to be improved since 1998, said it would put an end to major safety issues.

‘It’s a sign that Gosport is moving forward,’ he said.

‘This will do great things. It will mean traffic can move more freely along Newgate Lane and it will mean better safety for cyclists.

‘Crossing the road is dangerous for pedestrians and because the road is so narrow cyclists are in danger of there being a fatal accident.

‘It will be brilliant because it will be completed in time for work to start at Daedalus and the road will be much better for HGVs. The only issue is land ownership which we will have to look at.’

Most of the money for the scheme will come from a government transport grant.

An extra £500,000 in funds will come from the nearby Speedfields development.

Studies and surveys will take place during the summer to establish whether the scheme can go ahead.

Work is not expected to begin on the road until April 2013 at the earliest.

John Linney, who owns Car Trading and Repairs on Newgate Lane, said: ‘It will be the best thing they have ever done.

‘We have been hearing about this for years but nothing has ever happened.

‘It’s about time as building work in the area has quadrupled the amount of traffic.

‘The whole of Newgate Lane is a very dangerous road. You get a lot of accidents here.

‘We’ve seen quite a lot of people have accidents or get knocked off their bikes.’