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Improving access to Fareham and Gosport - Work to start on Newgate Lane

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Work will start on Tuesday 27 May to increase road capacity, make journey times more reliable and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians on the northern part of Newgate Lane in Fareham.

Hampshire County Council has appointed Dyer and Butler Ltd., a south Hampshire based company, to carry out the £6.5 million scheme which is due for completion in spring 2015. The scheme is part of a number of proposed highway measures to improve access to Fareham and Gosport.

The improvements include providing two lanes in each direction between Palmerston Drive and Tanners Lane, modifying the roundabouts at Longfield Avenue and Speedfield Park, and installing a new signal controlled junction serving HMS Collingwood in place of the existing Toucan crossing. It will also include off-road pedestrian and cycle facilities between Palmerston Drive and this new junction, which includes new pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities. A new footway will be provided on the west side of Newgate Lane from the new junction southwards to join the existing footway and create a complete footway link.

The area will be open for business as usual. In order to keep disruption to a minimum and to keep the existing road open during the day seven days a week, some of the work will be carried out at night with traffic managed by temporary traffic signals.

The scheme is funded by Hampshire County Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, which has allocated funding provided by central Government to help support this major infrastructure project. Once this phase of work is completed next year, improvements to the Peel Common roundabout are planned, providing traffic signals, additional carriageway space and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities. Details of these, and other improvements being developed as part of Improving Access to Fareham and Gosport, will be displayed at public exhibitions during June and July.

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