A326 (South) Fawley Waterside Junction Improvements

Last update: September 2023

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 in two phases.

Phase 1

June 2021 - February 2023

The first phase of works has now been completed and included the following junctions:

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

Please view the completed scheme visuals.

Phase 2

The second phase of works includes the following junctions:

  • A326 Applemore roundabout
  • B3053 Blackfield Road junction./li>

Please view the proposed plans.  The timing of the works is currently being determined in conjunction with the Fawley Waterside development, and further details will follow shortly.

A third phase of works to the Heath Roundabout is being planned to follow the completion of the second phase.

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.

Solent LEP Consultation and Feedback
The Solent LEP conducted a public consultation and you can view the summary of responses in this report.
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