Western Way

Fast, quiet and the younger brother to the busier and older Eastern Way, Western Way opened in 1976(?) as a bypass to the busy A27 West Street, plugging in nicely to the improvements being made in West End.

Starting at the Quay Street Roundabout, which was shrank to accommodate the new road (doing without a large loop under the viaduct to Gosport Road, and also the access to Hartlands Road, which is now disconnected from this end of the network. The existence of the former Hartlands Road meant the new road could start out without losing any houses on Portland Street.

It then followed the railway line, attempting to use its ancient embankments to steer clear of existing structures. It still took over approximately 40 houses in Western Road, the majority of the houses in that street. These houses only lasted about 30 years.

Next it crossed a graveyard, the rest of which has since been developed as retirement housing, and then the allotments around the back of the Crescent Road housing. Take a bridge over The Gilles (marked by a slight rise in the road itself). After this it curves inwards to meet the newly-dualled old road, in to an area which was mostly industrial and light retail - having cropped up to benefit from the arrival of the railway. These were later rebuilt as new retail and industrial units surrounding the new road layout. These all surround the then-new Station Roundabout, with the height of '70s planning: an unnecessary grand footbridge and a subway surrounding the junction.