Next phase of £90m plan to improve A27 traffic goes ahead

Work will include improvements to Peel Common Roundabout
Work will include improvements to Peel Common Roundabout
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TWO roundabouts are in line for a £7m upgrade as part of a bid to improve access to the Gosport peninsula.

Hundreds of letters have been sent to residents to inform them of the work, which includes turning part of the A27 into a dual carriageway.

Work is due to start this summer to improve the A27 between Segensworth and Titchfield, including St Margaret’s Roundabout. It includes improvements to Peel Common Roundabout.

Executive member for transport at Hampshire County Council Sean Woodward said improving access to Gosport was a vital part of boosting the economy, attracting businesses and creating jobs.

He said: ‘It is a top priority to improve access.

‘Not by simply moving the traffic from one bottleneck to the next, but with a multi-million pound catalogue of major improvements between Gosport and Fareham and the M27.’

The council hopes to ease congestion at peak times and improve pedestrian and cycle facilities through its work to the A27/St Margaret’s roundabout.

The scheme includes:

- Traffic signals on the A27 Southampton Road, Cartwright Drive and Warsash Road with traffic signals and additional lanes on the roundabout

- Additional lanes on the A27 Southampton Road

- A shared-use pedestrian and cycle route on the north side of the A27 with crossings on Cartwright Drive and the A27

- The existing single carriageway will be increased to two lanes in each direction on either side of the St Margaret’s roundabout between the A27/M27 Segensworth roundabout and A27/B3334 Titchfield gyratory.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘People want to see these problems dealt with so the response from the public has been supportive.

‘It’s all on the back of work at Daedalus and Welborne that these improvements are happening.’

Fareham Borough Council took ownership of former Royal Navy airbase Daedalus last week. The site is home to the Solent Enterprise Zone, which aims to bring high-skilled jobs to the area.

The latest road improvements are part of a £90m plan, which will include a Stubbington bypass.

A public consultation took place last summer on the plan, which saw just 490 responses after 54,000 leaflets were posted out. It found more than 80 per cent of people were in favour of the proposals.

The cash has come from the local growth deal from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, topped up by the county council’s reserves.

A planning application for the Stubbington bypass has been funded, although the rest of the cash will not be confirmed until the road is approved.

An application is expected to be submitted next month.