No way! Havant and Emsworth cyclists faced with this on well-used route

BLOCKED The cycle path under the A27 between Emsworth and Havant.
BLOCKED The cycle path under the A27 between Emsworth and Havant.
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IT’S the main cycle route between Havant and Emsworth, used by scores of people every day.

But cyclists were left bewildered after this huge mound of gravel appeared overnight and obstructed their journey.

It looks rather like a dirt ramp for BMX riders, but is in fact material for resurfacing roads.

Many cyclists were less than impressed as they negotiated the cycle way, which links to the underpass beneath the A27.

Veteran cyclist Chris Davies, from East Street, Havant, who is a member of the Cyclists’ Touring Club, said: ‘I haven’t been the only one to notice it.

‘It’s difficult to cycle through now and I know there are one or two people from Emsworth who come into Havant by electrical buggy.

‘You have to get off your bicycle and go on the footpath, which is for pedestrians.’

Mr Davies said it highlighted a lack of consideration for cyclists.

Cllr Mel Kendal, in charge of transport at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘The stone piles are stockpiling of materials for works due to be carried out in the Havant area. Instructions were given to the contractor not to block the full width of carriageway with the stored material due to the cycle way, but unfortunately this did not occur. As soon as we heard about the problem we instructed our contractor to clear the space. However due to the Easter break there has been a delay.’

He said a safe passage for cyclists would have been made by today.

He added: ‘Resurfacing work is due to commence very shortly and continue over the next few weeks which will remove the material.’