MOTORISTS are facing 15 more weeks of delays as the latest phase of works on a controversial bus scheme begin.
The junction of Redlands Lane and Mill Road in Fareham will be shut from next Monday, and is expected to remain that way until the end of February next year.
The closure is so that a new crossing and traffic lights can be installed for the bus rapid transit (BRT) scheme.
The £24m scheme follows the route of a disused train-line and is intended to improve travel times in and out of Gosport by easing congestion on the A32.
As a result, Redlands Lane traffic will be diverted along St Michaels Grove, Longfield Avenue and Palmerston Drive.
Su Bishop, who lives nearby, said: ‘To get into Mill Road and any of the housing areas coming off it or the end of Redlands Lane where there is a primary school, traffic will have to use the already heavily congested Gosport Road.
‘This is going to cause even more traffic chaos for everyone living in that area, not least for parents dropping their children off at Redlands Primary School.’
Fareham south ward councillor Dennis Steadman lives on Mill Road.
He said: ‘The highways department has been very open with us about what’s going to happen.
‘I think there will be some inconvenience, but I have every confidence they will set out satisfactory diversions.’
Commuters on the A32 have also been hit by the final stages of the Quay Street roundabout redevelopment, which is expected to fully reopen on November 21.
Road surfacing works will also be carried out to complete this section of works.
Hampshire County Council leader Cllr Ken Thornber was unavailable to comment.
But in a statement, the county council said: ‘The closure is essential to enable safety of working associated with piling equipment and underground services.’
It said bus services will be unaffected by the works and local residents, schools and businesses have been notified.