PLANS have been set to improve a major road in Southampton following a public consultation.
Hampshire County Council released images to show what they want Hamble Lane in Southampton to look like in the future.
This includes widening a section of the lane between the Tesco superstore’s access and Portsmouth Road junction to give southbound traffic a third lane.
Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has vowed to try and secure a multi-million pound investment to fund the roadworks.
Keith House, leader of Eastleigh Borough Council, commented on the community’s response to the proposals: “The public reaction is mixed and mainly disbelieving as the County Council has been looking at Hamble Lane issues for many years and done little, even failing to object to more development that has brought even more traffic to the land.”
Though the consultation took place in September and October 2018, discussions from both the public and the council to improve the lane have gone on for a number of years.
Eastleigh Borough Council member Malcolm Cross stated that: “I have been a councillor since 2007 and it was a concern then, the congestion has been getting worse progressively over the years.
“The main impulse for this, I believe, was the Highway Agency work on the Smart Motorway as they will provide some of the costings. The slip road off the motorway would not work unless improvements to Windhover was upgraded, so this was the start up of the discussions with Hampshire County Council with reference [to the] Hamble Lane works, which is needed.”
In the plans, it’s also been stipulated that there could be changes to the Tesco access, making the junction left turn in and left turn out only.
For northbound drivers on Hamble Lane, there will be a new U-turn slip provided if they want to access the superstore. A new access from the Tesco car park heading on to the A27 has also been proposed.
There’s been no reveal as to when the plans will be underway.
One local gives their opinion on the proposals.
by Laura Stockdale (@LauraaStockdale)