Public consultations to be held on £90m road improvements

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RESIDENTS can make their opinions known as road proposals worth £90m go out for a second wave of public consultation.

The package will improve access to the Gosport peninsula and includes a Stubbington bypass, improvements to Peel Common Roundabout, the southern section of Newgate Lane and the A27.

The council has conducted in-depth traffic predictions and believes implementing the entire package would shave eight minutes off a commute from Gosport to the motorway.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is encouraging residents to take part. Ms Dinenage said: ‘After years of little progress, it’s great to see that the wheels are finally in motion for real solutions to be found to our area’s long-standing congestion problems.

‘I would urge all those who are fed up with enduring lengthy daily commutes to take part and give the council the necessary evidence to get our roads moving again.’

Executive member for transport at the county council Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘In order to try and encourage investment into the area to provide much-needed employment to create jobs for local residents we need to improve access.’

The funding is being sought from the Solent LEP and an announcement is expected in July regarding the recent bid.

An initial wave of public consultation was held last July and it showed that out of 617 attendees, 87 per cent supported a new Stubbington bypass and 84 per cent supported improvements to the A27 corridor.

The consultation closes on Monday, August 4. A report of the findings will be made in the autumn and planning applications submitted in spring 2015.