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Local representatives visit Stubbington Bypass site

LOCAL MPS and leading councillors joined together last week to view the development of the Stubbington Bypass, which is reaching its final stages after six years of planning and a cost of £42 million since construction began in January 2020.

It is well known the new bypass will run from Gosport Road to Titchfield Road and will include a new junction on the A27, with public consultations held in the planning and committee stages. The road has been built to reduce traffic congestion in key routes such as Newgate Lane, Stubbington and Fareham Road.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment (left), met with Dame Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport (pictured second from the right), on site for the visit last Friday (March 4).

Joining them were Suella Braverman, MP for Fareham (pictured second from the left), and Councillor Seán Woodward, Leader of Fareham Borough Council (pictured far right).

Wearing protective gear, the four were given a tour of the site and given more information about the progress of the project; which is expected to be completed and fully open to the public by May this year.

Fareham MP and Attorney General Suella Braverman tweeted after the meeting: “Great to visit the new Stubbington Bypass works today with @cj_dinenage, @robhumby & @FarehamWoodward. Vital new infrastructure connecting Fareham & Gosport as part of £100m transport upgrade in our area. Hoping you will visit for the Grand Opening @grantshapps in May?”

The bypass will mark a huge total investment to date of nearly £100 million in road and transport improvements in the Fareham and Gosport areas, aimed at improving access to the Gosport Peninsula and the Solent Enterprise Zone (Daedalus) for visitors and local residents.

Hampshire County Council has also invested in the construction and recent extension of the Eclipse Busway, a dedicated bus and cycle only section highway route that runs parallel to the A32 between Gosport and Fareham, which opened to public use on December 5 last year and seems to be a success thus far.

Other upgrades to Newgate Lane and Peel Common roundabouts and capacity improvements to the A27 have all been completed with significant funding support from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport over recent years.

Readers can read more information about the Stubbington Bypass including potential road closures and regular updates by visiting the scheme’s webpage. It furthermore includes details on each planning stage and records of each public consultation, alongside progress pictures and videos from the site itself.

PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT):  Councillor Rob Humby, Fareham MP Suella Braverman, Gosport MP Dame Caroline Dinenage and Leader of Fareham Borough Council Councillor Seán Woodward.