Fareham Newgate Lane North: major improvement scheme 2014
Information about the improvement scheme for the northern section of Newgate Lane between Palmerston Drive and Tanners Lane in Fareham.
News and updates
28 February: BT will be laying underground cable ducts across Newgate Lane outside HMS Collingwood by the B&M DIY store. The work is planned to take place over three nights from Thursday 6 March to Monday 10 March. The work will be undertaken between 7:30pm in the evening and 6am the following morning and will use temporary two-way traffic signals to control traffic and create a safe working area.
24 February: BT works on Newgate Lane continue.
The road is not affected, but to keep the route open for pedestrians temporary footways will be constructed on the road verges The first set of works is near the entrance to the MoD playing fields opposite HMS Collingwood and is planned for 10 to 21 February. The second set of works is outside Hendy Ford from 24 February to 7 March.
Preparation work started in January 2014, in advance of the main construction work that starts in April 2014. The outline programme is:
Stage 1: Monday 20 January for four weeks
Mildren Construction Ltd have been appointed to clear scrub vegetation, raising tree canopies and some tree felling.
Stage 2: Mid February to mid April
Public utility cables and equipment being relocated by companies such as British Telecom and British Gas.
Stage 3: Late April for nine to 12 months
A contractor for the main construction work is being appointed. Works will start after Easter 2014, and will take about nine to 12 months to complete.
In the Spring a detailed programme will be made available and the contractor will ensure that all activities are communicated in good time to local residents and the travelling public.
- Download the location plan showing where the works will take place 920kb
- Download plan showing detail of the works 1mb New February 2014
Stage 1 Advance vegetation clearance
Much of the work at this stage 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 4pm) temporary lane closures to maintain the safety of the road users and the workforce.
See top of page for latest traffic management updates.
Stage 2 Advance public utility diversions
This will involve the alteration and relocation of underground pipes and cables by companies such as British Gas and British Telecom. Some of the work will be in the road and will require off peak lane closures. Details and dates will be published here closer to the time.
Stage 3 Main construction
Once a main contractor is appointed a detailed programme will be published. Where possible the County Council will expect the main contractor to keep one lane open in each direction on Newgate Lane during the day, which will help reduce disruption but place more emphasis on doing some of the work at night. Health and safety and operational reasons may however determine that this is not always possible.
The County Council is committed to keeping road users informed of the intended traffic management programme and any unexpected changes to traffic routes. Information will be updated on this page, and sent to local media, and via County Council Twitter page @ Hantsconnect.
The features of the scheme include:
Provision of two lanes in each direction between points just north of the roundabout junction with Longfield Avenue, southwards to a point just north of the junction with Tanners Lane.
Enlargement of the roundabout junction with Longfield Avenue to provide two circulating lanes with two lane entries and exits on the Newgate Lane arms of the junction.
Changes to the existing roundabout junction with Speedfield Park, to provide two southbound ahead lanes and an extended left turn lane towards the retail parks.
Provision of a new signal controlled junction serving HMS Collingwood, to replace the existing Pelican crossing on Newgate Lane outside HMS Collingwood.
Aims and objectives of the scheme
Newgate Lane is one of the three principal routes giving access to and from the Gosport peninsula, and this scheme aims to improve capacity on this part of the Newgate Lane corridor where the highest traffic flows are to be found.
Improving access towards the Solent Enterprise Zone at the former Daedalus site is also a key objective and this scheme will be complemented by further improvements to the southern section of Newgate Lane and Peel Common roundabout, which are expected to follow once further developed.
This scheme therefore aims to improve journey time reliability by increasing road capacity for drivers and by improving accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians.
Work continues to develop on other transportation proposals for the area which will be presented for public consultation during 2014. This will include proposals for the southern section of Newgate Lane, Peel Common Roundabout, the Stubbington Bypass, and improvements for the A27 west of Fareham.
A report providing the headlines from the earlier consultation in July 2013 was considered by the County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment on 7 October 2013:
Further information about this will be provided in due course: