Portsmouth road opens again after weekend work

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WORKERS on the new community hub in Portsmouth have praised people’s patience while a main road was closed.

Winston Churchill Avenue was shut as engineers worked on the Somers Town hub at the weekend.

CLOSED Winston Churchill Avenue was shut for work on the Somers Town Hub. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14207-1)

CLOSED Winston Churchill Avenue was shut for work on the Somers Town Hub. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14207-1)

Diversions were in place while the stretch between Isambard Brunel Road and Bradford Junction was shut to allow construction work on the Somers Town Central building, which spans the dual-carriageway.

The road was reopened at 6am yesterday.

Nick Butler, project manager for contractor BAM, said: ‘Work on Somers Town Central is progressing really well and we’re delighted that residents will very soon be able to use the new community, health and youth facilities.

‘Winston Churchill Avenue was closed to allow us to finish off some of the work on the building over the dual carriageway. ‘We’d like to take this opportunity to thank local people for their patience and support since we started.’

Building work began in 2012.

The building will include health, community and youth centres and an area housing office, in a structure spanning Winston Churchill Avenue and linking Somers Town to the heart of the city.

It is expected to be completed in summer 2014.

The development will give residents improved access to essential and recreational services.

It was the final weekend of road closures for the work.