Bad weather and roadworks causes delays on routes out of Portsmouth

DELAYS Traffic backed up on London Road, Hilsea and Northern Parade, Hilsea.  Picture: Paul Jacobs
DELAYS Traffic backed up on London Road, Hilsea and Northern Parade, Hilsea. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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POLICE have urged motorists to take care on the roads today following a morning of torrential rain.

Motorists taking to the roads today are advised to take extra care and allow extra time for their journey.

Western Road in Portsmouth is closed westbound due to roadworks. These are causing long delays in area, especially on approaches to Portsbridge Roundabout.

Hayley Court of Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Driving in rain means your stopping distance will double on a wet road so ensure you maintain a safe distance and slow to a safe speed, as there will be a reduction in tyre grip.

‘Brake slowly and gently in order to slow down.

‘Rain and spray from other vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen, so keep well back from the vehicle in front, and maintain a safe distance.

‘On flooded roads, do not attempt to cross the water if it is too deep.

‘If you do decide to cross flood waters, drive slowly in first gear and keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch.

‘This will also stop you from stalling.

‘Avoid the deepest water, normally nearest the curb, and remember to test your brakes after you drive through water by pressing down on the brake pedal gently.’