New signs being put up after motorway congestion

MOVING FREELY The A3 London Road at Hilsea, looking north-bound towards Portsbridge Roundabout.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (122278-576)
MOVING FREELY The A3 London Road at Hilsea, looking north-bound towards Portsbridge Roundabout. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122278-576)
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A THIRD day of gridlock in Portsmouth was avoided this morning, despite tailbacks on the M27.

Many drivers found themselves stuck in jams after being directed away from emergency gas repairs in London Road, Hilsea.

But the long queues stretching in all directions which caused misery for motorists on Monday and Tuesday did not reappear.

Signs which were criticised for stating the southbound carriageway of the road was closed - when in fact one lane remained open - are now being replaced.

Earlier in the day long queues have been reported on the M275 stretching back onto the M27 as people tried to avoid the road.

Yesterday motorists voiced their anger about the lack of clear diversion signs directing drivers away from the Hilsea roundabout.

However Portsmouth City Council said they are working with Southern Gas Networks, their highways contractor Colas and the government’s Highways Agency to deal with the problem.

The gas works are being carried out after a leak was discovered and are expected to continue for around two weeks.

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