Plan your journey in advance as A326 Southern Junction Improvements at Fawley get underway

Those travelling through the New Forest via the A326 are being encouraged to leave extra time for their journeys as works on improvements to the route pick up pace

Jul 21 2021

Earlier this summer Hampshire County Council started work on improvements to seven junctions on the southern section of the A326 - to help ease traffic congestion and improve access for people living, working and visiting the area. Work along this route has been co-ordinated with other schemes due to be delivered across the summer and autumn periods.  

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We will do all we can to minimise the disruption of these works to the travelling public, but delays will be inevitable. This is why I would encourage those that need to travel along the A326 plan their journeys in advance and leave extra time.”

The works that are due to take place from 26 July are as follows.

Temporary Road Closure of Main Road East, Dibden Roundabout

A road closure will be in place at Main Road East in both directions from its junction with Dibden Roundabout to its junction with Main Road North.

The road closure is expected to last for five weeks. The A326 in both directions will be unaffected by this restriction and diversion routes for Main Road East closure would be clearly sign posted. In addition to the closures there will be some traffic management in place around the junction to enable the works to be undertaken safely.

Temporary Traffic Signals – Hardley Roundabout

Temporary, off peak only, traffic lights will be installed at this location and are expected to be in place for 18 weeks.  In addition to the closures there will be some traffic management in place around the junction to enable the works to be undertaken safely.

Cllr Humby added: “This is a major scheme of work and is crucial to enabling traffic to flow as smoothly as possible in the future and includes improvements to walking and cycling facilities. Improving the A326 is a priority for the County Council, and we are working on options for major improvements to the northern end of the route. However, any improvement to the northern end of the A326 is likely to involve major upgrade works for the road, public transport, and walking and cycling provision, and will need significant Government funding.”

For more information, visit the scheme web pages: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/a326southfawleywaterside