Notorious bottleneck now a peaceful spot in village

The Hindhead lights in 1963.  PICTURE: MARTIN JENKINS

The Hindhead lights in 1963. PICTURE: MARTIN JENKINS

SARDINES An aerial view of Southsea to the south of the railway line between Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea 		        Picture: Barry Cox collection

Imagine if they had done to us what we did to Berlin

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Here are two pictures of the once-notorious Hindhead crossroads as few will remember the junction – quiet and deserted.

The modern picture was taken last August shortly after the £371m Hindhead Tunnel was opened on the A3.

The Hindhead A3 junction with the A278 looking north, up High Street as it is today

The Hindhead A3 junction with the A278 looking north, up High Street as it is today

It bypassed the old bottleneck in the village which frustrated drivers from the Portsmouth area for decades.

The tunnel featured in The News earlier this week. It has proved so popular in cutting journey times between Portsmouth and London that neighbouring residents are complaining about the noise created by the extra traffic.

The older picture was taken in 1963 and comes from reader Martin Jenkins.

The Royal Huts Hotel on the left is now a block of flats, while on the right you can see the roof of a newsagents which was demolished to widen the corner.

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