Essential repairs to leave A3 Southbound fully closed overnight

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A fire that destroyed a tipper lorry carrying tarmac left a section of the A3 closed today.

The section of the southbound carriageway between Petersfield and Horndean was closed and the northbound carriageway partially blocked after the incident in the early hours of the morning.

Hampshire Police said that the need for repairs to the road near Butser Hill meant that the section between the A272 Winchester Road and Chalton Lane was likely to remain closed for some time.

Drivers have been advised to avoid the area.

The northbound carriageway was reopened during the morning, and by lunchtime, all but one lane southbound was operational.

Highways England have confirmed that there is current delays Northbound. Overnight repairs are scheduled, with Southbound remaining fully closed.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said around 25 firefighters from Petersfield, Bordon and Alton dealt with the fire involving an eight-wheeled tipper lorry on the southbound carriageway of the A3 between Petersfield and Horndean.

The vehicle was totally destroyed. Fire fighters using breathing apparatus used two jets to extinguish the fire.