Call for rethink as Hayling roadworks cause misery

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TRAFFIC chaos for motorists getting on and off Hayling Island has led to demands for roadworks to be restricted to the night-time.

Drivers have said a more considerate and ‘joined-up’ approach needs to be taken as roadworks can cripple traffic flow.

It comes as motorists faced major delays last Friday with two sets of works along Havant Road.

Drivers faced delays of up to an hour, with traffic backed up to Havant town centre and the seafront.

The jams were caused by gas mains work at Langstone where traffic was forced to merge. In addition, there was an official directing traffic with stop and go signs as sensors were laid at the traffic lights outside the Esso garage.

Motorist Dave New, 46, of Marshall Road, commutes to Brighton every day and said the traffic was a nightmare.

He said: ‘It was crazy – absolutely ridiculous.

‘There was no warning of it. It needs to be sorted out.’

Anne Spencer-Harbutt, of West Lane, added: ‘I think all roadworks should be done overnight personally.’

Resurfacing work was carried out last month along Havant Road, but delays were minimal as the work took place overnight.

This week work will start on improving the Hayling Billy trail, with the prospect of more traffic lights during the day. Andy Lenaghan, councillor for Hayling West, said: ‘More care needs to be taken in making sure that traffic can be kept moving.’

Officials at Hampshire County Council, which oversees all highway work, said any gas, water or electricity company had the right to carry out roadworks in an emergency.

They said other scheduled work was programmed to minimise disruption.

Frank Pearce, county councillor for Hayling, said he was looking into what caused the delays on Friday and how jams can be avoided in future.

He said: ‘It’s one road off, one road on and if there’s roadworks, there’s always going to be a problem.

‘With this hold-up, it took about three-quarters of an hour to get through.

‘It was badly planned by whoever did it.

‘I have had quite a few complaints and I am looking into it.’