A32/Wych Lane Junction Improvement

Last update: May 2024

Scheme Completed
Work started on Monday 7 March 2022 and completed on Friday 16 September 2023.  Please view the before and after visuals.
Scheme overview

Hampshire County Council, appointed Knights Brown Construction Ltd.  The contractor has carried out a wide range of safety improvements for the junction of A32/Wych Lane in Gosport.

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

A dedicated right turn filter lane approximately fifty metres in length has been 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 has been re-aligned and improved using tactile paving. Six new trees will be planted in the eastern verge alongside the A32 carriageway.

New traffic signals installed, and the existing traffic signal controller upgraded to improve overall efficiency of the junction.
The southbound and northbound carriageway of the A32 resurfaced and new line markings installed. A new footway constructed on the eastern side of the A32 where the existing footway forms 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.

Funding Arrangements
Funding for the transport capital delivery schemes is separate from the County Council’s revenue budget and savings proposals. In the majority of cases funding comes from external grants and / or Section 106 contribution from developers. This funding usually has conditions that strictly control on how, where and when it can be spent.
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A32 Wych Lane Plan

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