By Connor Steel
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has announced that a series of roadworks will begin across the Gosport area in the New Year as part of Operation Resilience – its longer term scheme to improve the region’s roads and protect them against the effects of extreme weather conditions combined with the rise in traffic demand.
Starting from January 4 (next Wednesday) work will begin on the eastern footway of Jellicoe Avenue and this is due to last for seven weeks until February 18. During this time there will be a twenty-four hour lane closure between both junctions of Bury Hall Lane and South Close; which should be controlled by traffic light signals.
The lane closure will ensure safety for workers as they resurface the footways along the busy road, but could cause minor disruption for nearby areas such as Privett and Leesland. Transport such as buses could further be delayed during busy periods due to this lane closure with X5 and 9/9A services often using both junctions.
Delays are further expected around Gosport High Street as separate roadworks will begin on January 6; with road closures of Thorngate Way, North Cross Street and South Cross Street. This is due to footway widening and kerb realignment at these junctions that will allow ‘a reversal of the current one-way system’ in the area.
Preparation works for the new Gosport Bus Station and taxi rank are finally scheduled to begin in early 2023; this project being approved earlier this year and a design consultation held. Starting from January 6; Mumby Road, The Esplanade and South Street will likely see varying levels of traffic management in both directions.
Car parking near the Falklands Gardens will be impacted for most of 2023 with the upcoming closures of taxi facilities near the Gosport Ferry; which joins the similar closure of Mumby Road Bus Station car park. This is where the majority of development will take place including creation of a taxi rank, shelters and cycle stands.
Detailed information for scheduled roadworks can be seen on this Hampshire County Council website link, which features interactive maps and snapshots of the planned works. Readers can also view live congestion information through the above link, which is updated regularly and is completely free for residents to explore.
The council further allows residents to report issues or raise concerns via this weblink; with options regarding potholes, street lighting and roads during severe weather. Contact details for Hampshire County Council and their individual departments can also be seen here, including for complaints and emergency phone numbers.
PICTURED BY ALAMY (R0P7M6): Drivers should get used to this ‘men at work’ street sign through Gosport.