A27 improvement works look set to get the go-ahead


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WORK to resolve congestion hot spots on the A27 looks set to be approved next week.

The scheme will go before Hampshire County Council on Monday and could see £6.61m spent on improving the traffic flow in Fareham.

The work focuses on the A27 and will see improvements to Station Roundabout, a bus gate installed at the end of Hartlands Road and changes to the Gudge Heath Lane junction.

The scheme will cost £6.61m, with £4.96m coming from the Solent Local Transport Body and £1.65m from other sources including the county council’s capital programme.

The county council’s executive member for transport Cllr Sean Woodward is set to sign off the plans.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It will improve the whole area. The bus gate will allow buses to access the A27 on to Western Way and we will be getting rid of the bus lane by taking it to land on the side of the A27.

‘The other part is the work to Station Roundabout which is another pinch point.

‘It is about improving bus reliability and journey times, and as part of that motorists will see improvements too.’

The bus access will run down the side of Sacred Heart church along Hartlands Road meaning buses will not have to use Quay Street Roundabout. Cllr Woodward said the gate would be controlled with cameras, lights and fines, not an automatic bollard.

Fr Joe Gruszkiewicz, from Sacred Heart Church, said: ‘We have written to the council as we need to secure the end of the road so people who are leaving church will not go straight out on to the road in front of the bus. That was our only concern.’

Cllr Woodward said the council would work with the church to install new railings.

Station Roundabout will be reconfigured and a cycle lane will be put in from the train station to Fareham College.

The Gudge Heath Lane signal controls will be changed to allow two lanes straight ahead westbound plus a dedicated right turn lane into Gudge Heath Lane.

Fareham West ward councillor Nick Gregory said: ‘It is a pinch point and any improvement to that junction is a bonus for bus users and for motorists.’

The plans will go to public consultation later this year.