Traffic lights start up at Rusty Cutter roundabout

FLOWING The newly-revamped Rusty Cutter roundabout.  PICTURE: Dean Kedward (113718_9924)
FLOWING The newly-revamped Rusty Cutter roundabout. PICTURE: Dean Kedward (113718_9924)
Picture: Carey Tompsett/PA Wire

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TRAFFIC lights are now up and running at one of the area’s busiest roundabouts.

The lights are now controlling traffic flow on the Rusty Cutter roundabout at Bedhampton.

It comes as a £2.7m scheme to improve the roundabout – which connects the A3(M), Havant Road and the A27 – is set to be completed at the end of the month.

Traffic lights are now operating at the sliproad coming off the A3(M) and the sliproad coming off the A27 from Portsmouth.

Roads have also been widened on the roundabout.

The roadworks began last October and were due to finish by June, but were hit with delays.

Motorists today said they were not yet convinced about the traffic lights.

David Webb, chairman of Bedhampton Residents’ Association, said: ‘I don’t think it will be much of an improvement but we just have to wait and see.’

He said he was worried that traffic queues could build up coming from Bedhampton.

The work has been carried out by the South East England Development Agency as part a bid to improve traffic flow to the industrial estate at Broadmarsh.

Transport leaders say it will also make the roundabout safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.

The improvements will now allow the development of 10 acres of land, formerly the old council depot, off Harts Farm Way, which SEEDA says could create up to 800 jobs.