THE much-anticipated Stubbington Bypass will be built after central government awarded the final £25.7m in funding for the project.
Caroline Dinenage, Gosport MP, revealed that the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) bid for the remaining funds had been accepted at a conference meeting of the LEP this afternoon.
The scheme has been touted for more than 40 years and building is finally set to start on the 3.5km long single carriageway that will run from Titchfield Road to Gosport Road next year.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘I am delighted that this much-needed improvement project will be delivered. The Stubbington Bypass is a critical part of the solution to our area’s traffic problems, which is why I have campaigned for investment in this project ever since I was first elected.
‘This new strategic route is essential to meet the needs of long suffering residents and commuters, who put up with terrible congestion on a daily basis.’
Councillor Chris Wood, Fareham borough councillor for Stubbington said: ‘This is the single biggest piece of investment that we have received in a generation and it will be a big deal for the people of Stubbington and Hill Head.
‘It’s fantastic news for residents and I am over the moon about it.’
A total of £8.5m had been pledged by Hampshire County Council for the project since last year with councillors and residents urgently pleading for the government to deliver the funds for the project.
Gary Jeffries, Solent LEP chairman, said: ‘I am delighted that we have secured the funding. Investing in infrastructure to improve connectivity in the region is a key priority for Solent LEP. This is a critical investment for the Gosport Peninsula.’
Councillor Sean Woodward, Leader of Fareham Borough Council said: ‘It was four years of hard work to get this all the way from conception through public consultations and then to gain planning consent, plus persuading both Hampshire and Fareham councils to put up millions of pounds of local funding. The local contribution is what swung it and secured the final piece of the jigsaw to improve congestion for Fareham and the Gosport Peninsula.’