Changes to A27 to tackle traffic hot spot

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ROAD alterations costing £6.6m that will ease congestion at a notorious traffic hot spot are set to be approved next week.

Changes to the A27 and Gudge Heath Lane junction, in Fareham, have been part of a public consultation throughout August.

The final decision about its layout will be made by Sean Woodward, the executive member for transport at Hampshire County Council, next Tuesday.

The work will cost £6.6m with £1.65m coming from the county council’s capital programme and £4.95m from the Solent Local Transport Body’s Local Growth Fund.

Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘It is to release the congestion point that makes traffic queue all the way down to the flyover and down Western Way.

‘It is not just releasing one pinch point, it is part of a package for the entire A27 in Fareham and this is one piece, albeit one of the most expensive pieces.’

The preferred new layout from the public consultation has two lanes each way along the A27 as well as a right-hand turning lane for westbound traffic into Gudge Heath Lane.

If approved, the council will start formal negotiations to buy the land it needs.

Work has started on Western Way and Station roundabout.