Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport said: “This is an excellent scheme and I am pleased that the work has been completed on time and within budget. These improvements have been designed to ease congestion and increase capacity for traffic on an important link road serving Fareham and Gosport. The scheme included junction improvements and new sections of carriageway. We look forward to undertaking post scheme noise assessment work and traffic monitoring in the late summer, early autumn.”
The Newgate Lane improvement scheme has created a new road to the east of the existing road between HMS Collingwood and the Peel Common Roundabout with the aim of alleviating rush hour queues. The new road and junction layout provides the uplift in capacity where it is most required.
The road links to the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus and forms part of Hampshire County Council’s ‘Improving Access to Fareham and Gosport’ strategy which aims to promote investment and employment in the area by improving the strategic transport links on the peninsula.
This scheme is the third and final stage of work on the Newgate Lane corridor, linking the improvements at the northern section of Newgate Lane, undertaken in 2014/15 and the Peel Common roundabout improvements from 2015/16.
Around 16,000 tonnes of recycled materials, approximately the weight of the Eiffel Tower, have been used to create the road and 95 per cent of the soil removed from the Newgate Lane project was re-used for restoration at the Ageas Bowl near Eastleigh for the final levels for the golf course.
5,000 tonnes was kept on site for use in landscaping saving 250 road journeys by 20 tonne lorry.
More details of the Newgate Lane scheme are available via: www.hants.gov.uk/transport
Work on Stubbington Bypass will follow on from the improvements to Newgate Lane and will form one of the final schemes in the package of works to improve access to Fareham and Gosport. There is an anticipated start to construction next year.