A SOLUTION to Havant’s rush-hour congestion problems could finally be on the cards.
Every day parts of Havant become gridlocked as thousands of workers travel to and from the Broadmarsh industrial estate.
The authorities have recognised it is a problem and are drawing up a series of options to tackle it.
One idea could be a new sliproad for traffic travelling to and from Southmoor Lane, as well as improvements to the roundabout at Harts Farm Way.
The move has been welcomed by businesses and local residents.
Phil Cake, who owns Fleet Repair Centre in Harts Farm Way, lives on Hayling and said getting to work some mornings can be a headache as traffic backs up over the Brockhampton Road bridge into Solent Road.
In the evening, hundreds of cars pile on to Harts Farm Way, causing long queues as drivers aim to get on the A27 and A3(M).
‘It’s horrendous,’ he said.
‘Especially in the evening, if we have completed a job and need to road test a vehicle, sometimes the guys are gone 30 minutes just to do a four-mile journey.
‘You just can’t get out, although some drivers do let you out. It just gridlocks.’
The congestion has been a problem since 2009 when the £24m Southern Electric call centre – employing more than 2,000 people – opened in Penner Road.
Kate Turner, vice-chairwoman of Brockhampton Residents’ Association, said: ‘They are going to have to do something, especially if they are going to have more people parking down Southmoor Lane.
‘It needs looking at, but it needs looking at in terms of all the infrastructure – the various roundabouts, the lights at Langstone and access to the A27.’
Mrs Turner said they should also look at parking at Southern Electric and whether a workers’ car park in another location was needed.
A study has been carried out by highway chiefs at Hampshire County Council and the results will be reported back to Havant Borough Council.
Cllr David Guest, deputy leader of Havant, said: ‘They carried out a review and are going to come to the council with options as to what can be done to ease traffic congestion. The idea is to try and find ways of easing that traffic congestion.’