Published on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 4:03 pm.

Traffic Chaos in Portsmouth as Driver fail to Read Signs as Major Road is Closed

Traffic has ground to Holt in Part of Portsmouth today after drivers failed to taken notice and read signs about upcoming works on a major road.
Drivers are advised to expect minor delays on Eastern Road for 2 weekends in October whilst Colas Ltd, working on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, carries out works on the water bridge.


Work will take place during the weekends of Friday 07 October and Friday 14 October 2016 (weather permitting).

On Friday 07 October Eastern Road was closed to northbound traffic between Anchorage Road and the Eastern Road roundabout, Farlington, from 9pm. A fully signed diversion will be in place via Airport Service Road, Williams Road, Norway Road, Copnor Road, Old London Road and London Road. Light vehicles will be able to use Anchorage Road. At the same time, the southbound carriageway will be reduced to 1 lane in order to allow a safe working area for operatives. The northbound footway will also be closed for the duration of the works and pedestrian diversions will be in place. The road and footway will be reopened in full by 5am on Monday 10 October 2016.

On Friday 14 October Eastern Road was closed to southbound traffic between Anchorage Road and the Eastern Road roundabout, Farlington, again from 9pm. Diversions will be in place via A27 Eastbound, Portsbridge Roundabout, London Road, Copnor Road, Norway Road, Williams Road and Airport Service Road and, as before, light vehicles will be able to use Anchorage Road. Again, at this time, the northbound carriageway will be reduced to 1 lane for safety reasons. The southbound footway will also be closed for the duration of these works with a pedestrian diversion in place. The road will reopen in full at 5am on Monday 17 October 2016.

In order to alleviate congestions, adjustments will be made to the traffic light sequence at Anchorage Road to allow freer flow of traffic.

During the works Colas Ltd will be resurfacing the carriageway and footway and carrying our maintenance works to the bridge as part of its life cycle replacement scheme. Colas Ltd will also utilise the traffic management to carry out other general maintenance works in the area.

As the work is taking place over night, Colas expect minimal delays but would advise anyone travelling in or out of the city during the working hours to allow extra time for their journey and to follow the signed diversions.

Much of the work is weather dependent and in particular, heavy rain may prevent work being carried out. If conditions prevent the work’s completion, it will be rescheduled.

Workers from the council had to open one lane of the closure to let traffic through despite the M275 motorway flowing freely in and out of Portsmouth City

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