Gas works will hit Gosport’s Forton Road

DELAYS Gas works will starting on Monday along Forton Road and near the Lees Lane junction in Gosport. Picture: Sarah Standing (1316-335)
DELAYS Gas works will starting on Monday along Forton Road and near the Lees Lane junction in Gosport. Picture: Sarah Standing (1316-335)
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DRIVERS will face diversions and temporary turning bans due to gas works on the A32 and other roads in Gosport.

Turning left or right into Lees Lane from the A32 Forton Road will be stopped from January 7 for as long as four months during gas mains replacements.

Drivers will not be able to turn right onto the A32 from Lees Lane North but residents in homes nearby will still have access.

The works will then move on to Forton Road, crossing the road at Crown Bingo, with four-way traffic lights possibly being used.

Work will then move to The Crossways between the junction with Forton Road and the Salvation Army building.

Engineers will return to the junction of Forton Road to connect the gas supply to the mains.

Shelley Atkins, the centre manager of the Sanderson Business Centre in Lees Lane, which houses around 80 businesses, said new customers and suppliers may face problems.

She said: ‘They will have a problem getting to us unless they know the area.

‘If you go up Ann’s Hill Road and try to work your way round then you’re going through a very residential area and we may come a bit unstuck with big lorries that come down here.

‘Hopefully they will find our Moreland Road entrance and come in that way.’

The First Bus E1 Fareham to Gosport southbound service will not serve Lees Lane, Whitworth Road, Gordon Road, Bury Road or Stoke Road during the turning restrictions..

The service will instead turn left at The Crossways and then continue on to Forton Road before turning into Spring Garden Lane and then continue as usual.

The northbound E1 service will not be affected.

Hampshire County Council said the turning bans will be phased and that it expects them to last for seven weeks, with some access to adjacent buildings.

A spokesperson for Southern Gas Networks said the firm will work on the footpath where possible to minimise disruption and hopes to finish in eight weeks, with new pipes lasting 80 years.