A32/Wych Lane Junction Improvement

Last update: April 2022

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Traffic Management Update

Night works will take place for two nights from Tuesday 3rd May. This will be between the hours of 8pm and 5am. The work is required to remove the existing traffic signals on the A32 and replace them with temporary traffic signals whilst the carriageway widening works are ongoing. Alongside this work, the existing signals on Wych Lane will be de-commissioned and temporary lights will be erected. These works are being undertaken at night to minimise disruption to daytime traffic, as well as ensuring the safety of road users and the workforce.

Please note that the works are weather dependent and may need to be rearranged at short notice in the event of adverse weather.

Scheme overview

Hampshire County Council, has appointed Knights Brown Construction Ltd to carry out a wide range of safety improvements for the junction of A32/Wych Lane in Gosport.
Work will start from Monday 7 March 2022 for approximately 20 weeks. Working hours will be 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

The existing informal crossing points at the junction (one going across Wych Lane and the other across the A32 Fareham Road) will be improved for pedestrians at this junction.

A dedicated right turn filter lane approximately fifty metres in length will be constructed by widening the existing southbound A32 carriageway by approximately three metres in width and eighty metres in length. The existing uncontrolled pedestrian crossings at the A32/Wych Lane junction will be re-aligned and improved using tactile paving. Six new trees will be planted in the eastern verge alongside the A32 Carriageway.

New traffic signals will be installed, and the existing traffic signal controller will be upgraded to improve overall efficiency of the junction.
The southbound and northbound carriageway of the A32 will be resurfaced and new line markings will be installed. A new footway will be constructed on the eastern side of the A32 where the existing footway will form part of the new carriageway construction.
The benefits of this scheme;

  • To improve safety at the junction with specific reference to the right turn lane movements;
  • To improve the efficiency of the junction without having a detrimental impact on road traffic congestion and putting pressure on local roads by creating ‘rat-runs';
  • To improve access to local employment areas (Fareham Reach); and
  • To improve facilities at the junction for pedestrians and cyclists with links into existing cycle networks (Henry Cort Way - BRT route). 

A review of the accident data along the A32 corridor identified the Wych Lane junction as being in need of specific safety measures due to its high levels of recorded accidents, in particular traffic movements associated with the southbound right turn lane, from the A32 into Wych Lane. A bid application was submitted to the Department of Transport ‘Safer Roads Fund’ in April 2017 for funding (£1.581million) towards safety improvement measures along the A32 corridor. The objective of the funding allocation is to improve the A32 corridor’s Road Safety Foundation rating (currently classed as ‘high risk’). The Hampshire County Council bid was successful, and the funding has been received.

Please view the plan

A32 Wych Lane Plan

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