Traffic problems into and out of Portsmouth continue for a second day

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EMERGENCY gas works in Portsmouth are continuing to cause traffic chaos this morning with queues in all directions.

Delays of up to 40 minutes are now being reported on the M27 eastbound, and queues are also being reported to stretch north as far as Havant Road as drivers struggle to get into the city.

BUSY Traffic heading north on London Road, Hilsea. Picture: Sarah Standing

BUSY Traffic heading north on London Road, Hilsea. Picture: Sarah Standing

Yesterday all but one lane of the southbound carriageway of London Road, outside Hilsea Lido, was closed while Southern Gas Networks carry out repairs.

City council traffic management services are now reporting severe delays approaching the Hilsea roundabout which are backing up onto the A3/A2047, the A3(M) southbound and the A2030 northbound.

But the worst traffic problems are on London Road, approaching the roundabout from the south, with long queues stretching back into Portsmouth.

Adding to problems was an accident at 8.20pm just before junction 12 on the eastbound carriageway of the M27.

It involved two vehicles, a Ford Escort and a skip lorry, and resulted in one man being taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, with a neck injury.

One lane remains closed but is due to reopen shortly.

Drivers have also reported a lack of signs and confusing diversions coming off the roundabout.

The diversions are set to be in place 24 hours a day until July 13.

Motorway traffic is being diverted via Western Road, the M27 and M275.

Meanwhile non-motorway traffic is being diverted via Western Road, Spur Road, Havant Road and Eastern Road.

Portsmouth City Council’s traffic management centre are advising motorists to use the M275 southbound and Eastern Road as alternative routes into the city and avoid the Hilsea roundabout.

Officers from Portsmouth City Council are currently meeting with road’s contractor Colas to discuss this morning’s traffic problems.

· Have you been caught up in the traffic? Call the Newsdesk on 023 92 622118.