A326 (South) Fawley Waterside Junction Improvements

Last update: August 2022

Latest updates

The first phase of works which include Long Copse, Hardley and Main Road roundabouts, is now expected to be completed during August.

Street lighting and rectification works are still to be completed at Long Copse and Hardley roundabouts, and final reinstatement works are being completed at Main Road roundabout.  Temporary lane closures and traffic management will be in place at these locations during this period, and additional delays to journeys should be expected.

Please note, current nightworks along the A326 are not associated with the junction improvement scheme. Please visit one.network to find out more information about other works taking place along this route.

Scheme overview

The A326 highway improvement works, along the southern section of the A326 and B3053 between Marchwood and Fawley commenced in June 2021. Hampshire County Council is leading the delivery of the works and Milestone Infrastructure Services are the appointed as the main works contractor.
The works are being delivered in two phases, with arrangements and timings as follows:

Phase 1

The first phase of works includes the following junctions:

  • A326 / B3053 Long Copse roundabout;
  • A326 Hardley roundabout;
  • A326 / Main Road roundabout.

Carriageway works will be limited to off-peak periods between 9am to 4pm, with an occasional need for night time works. These will be minimised and notification provided in advance.
Progress on this section of the scheme has experienced delay due in part to unexpected issues encountered with utilities. These issues are now being resolved and the works are anticipated to be completed during August.

Please view ‘Meet the Contractor’ presentation for further details of Phase 1.

Phase 2

The second phase of works includes the following junctions:

  • A326 Heath roundabout;
  • A326 Applemore roundabout;
  • B3053 Blackfield Road junction.

The timing of the works is currently being determined, and further details will follow shortly.

Scheme Background, Aims & Funding Arrangements

Scheme Background

The A326, and the B3053 at its southern end, is a key arterial link between the Waterside Peninsula and the A35, the M27 and onward to Southampton and the wider area. Its various junctions experience peak period capacity issues and associated delays. Analysis shows that without improvement and continuing traffic growth, the capacity issues will increase.

Scheme Aims

  • Reduce congestion and increase network capacity;
  • Unlock economic growth by aiding adjacent significant development areas along the corridor;
  • Ensure that the improvements consider the sensitive environment and habitats of the New Forest;
  • Help to improve connectivity for the Waterside communities.

Funding Arrangements

The improvements are being jointly funding by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and Fawley Waterside Ltd.

  • The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership £5.7 million;
  • Fawley Waterside Limited £2.4million;

A Full Business Case was prepared and assessed as part of the bid and can be found at Solent LEP web page.

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