Roadworks put back by two hours after rush-hour traffic jam

Roadworks caused delays in the city yesterday
Roadworks caused delays in the city yesterday

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ROADWORKS which caused gridlock for commuters will be put back two hours to stop the same thing happening again.

Resurfacing work is taking place in Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth – a popular cut-through for Southsea drivers wanting to get on to the M275 but avoid Hampshire Terrace.

Yesterday morning traffic was backed up to Southsea Common as people unaware of the road closure looked for other routes.

One driver, who did not want to be named, ‘I use Pembroke Road every day and I’ve never ever seen traffic this congested. It was backed all the way down the common. My usual 30-minute journey to Havant took an hour.’

Michelle Love, from Portsmouth City Council, apologised for the delays and added: ‘The road is closed for resurfacing to repair damage caused by the very wet winter.

‘The work has been scheduled to avoid clashing with the recent Easter holidays and to ensure completion before the D-Day commemorations at the beginning of June.

‘Work will be delayed until 9.30am to accommodate the rush hour and school run traffic.’

The roadworks should be completed by May 2.