Paultons Park at Ower unveils plan for £2.5m roundabout scheme to ease traffic congestion on A36
PAULTONS Park is preparing a £2.5m road scheme to try to solve "unacceptable" queues that clog up local roads around Ower during the tourist season.
The family run attraction is drawing up plans for a roundabout on the A36 with an exit to a new dedicated entry point.
The scheme has been designed to improve traffic flow and safety for vehicles entering and exiting the park and ease congestion during the busy summer, which has sparked concern from local residents and councillors.
The new entry point would cross land already owned by Paultons which also plans to plant over 100 trees to screen the new road.
Managing director Richard Mancey said: "We know that the current traffic situation is not acceptable for our neighbours and that is why we have been working on a permanent solution to try and significantly reduce impact on local routes, even in our busiest periods.
"We have been working with a leading transport agency to present the most viable solution.
"In addition, we have been, and continue to be, in consultation with Hampshire Highways, who are currently reviewing our pre-application document for this scheme."
The park is holding a two-day public consultation on the plans between 11am and 3pm on 25th and 26th March.
Mr Mancey explained the park intended to submit a formal planning application soon.
He added: "A change to the road infrastructure around our site is a required need by local residents and something that we have many conversations with local councillors about too.
"We are optimistic that the plans we have to present satisfy the needs of all parties, including Hampshire Highways and national park planning authority.
"We take our responsibilities in the community very seriously and we truly value their input, opinions, and support and we look forward to presenting our plans publicly."
The award-winning theme park opened in 1983. It covers 140 acres and has more than 70 rides and attractions, including the UK exclusive and world first Peppa Pig World which was visited last year by the Prime Minister.