Schemes to update roundabouts start

Traffic at a standstill trying to get into Portsmouth, from the M275 flyover at Rudmore and Mile End Road. Picture: Michael Scaddan. PPP-171017-113923001

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WORK to improve traffic flow and congestion through Fareham and Gosport begins on two roundabouts.

A £4.6m scheme to add extra lanes on both the A27 approaches of the St Margaret’s roundabout start today and is expected to last for up to a year.

Traffic lights will be added on the A27 Southampton Road, Cartwright Drive and Warsash Road approaches, and footpaths will be widened to create shared use pedestrian and cycle routes on the north side of the A27. There will be crossing points on Cartwright Drive and the A27 west of the roundabout.

And a £3.25m eight-month scheme on the Peel Common roundabout will see new traffic lights on the Rowner Road, Broom Way and Newgate Lane entries of the roundabout.

An additional traffic lane from Newgate Lane towards Rowner Road and on the approach will be added, and a shared footpath and cycleway will be added on the south side of the roundabout, with crossing places.

Councillor Sean Woodward, in charge of transport, economy and environment for Hampshire County Council, said: ‘Improvements to traffic management, and pedestrian and cycle paths will dramatically improve access for everyone.’