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Work Underway on Newgate Lane Fareham

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Advance work has recently started in preparation for the main improvement scheme for the northern section of Newgate Lane in Fareham.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "This work forms part of the £6.5M planned improvement scheme for the northern section of Newgate Lane and an early phase of the County Council's programme of road improvements in the Fareham and Gosport area. It includes the development of improvements for the Peel Common roundabout and the southern section of Newgate Lane which will be the subject of further public consultation during 2014."

The work will see vegetation clearance and advance public utility diversion at various locations over the section of Newgate Lane between Palmerston Drive, and a point just to the south of Tanners Lane. This is ahead of the main improvement works which are expected to start after Easter 2014.

The first stage involves contractors Mildren Construction Ltd clearing scrub vegetation, raising tree canopies and some tree felling over a four week period ending in mid February. Much of the work is away from the road and can be safely completed without lane closures, however when working close to the road it will be necessary to introduce off peak (9:30am to 3:30pm) temporary lane closures to maintain the safety of both the travelling public and the workforce. This will involve using temporary traffic signals on Newgate Lane from Monday 3 February for about a week.

The second stage involves the alteration and relocation of underground pipes and cables as preparation work by companies such as British Gas and British Telecom at various locations over the same section of Newgate Lane at different times from mid February to mid April 2014. This work is not continuous but some of the work will be in the road and will require off peak lane closures. More specific details and dates will be made available closer to the time, and will be available on our scheme website.

Councillor Woodward added: "The County Council will be working with our contractors throughout the delivery phase to ensure that local residents and businesses receive timely, advanced warning of likely disruption to traffic flow. A key priority will be to ensure minimal interruption during works construction for businesses that depend upon Newgate Lane for access."

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