Portsmouth roadworks ‘could end by Friday’

Traffic queueing at Hilsea this week because of the roadworks
Traffic queueing at Hilsea this week because of the roadworks
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ROAD works that have caused traffic chaos for thousands of motorists in Portsmouth could be finished by the end of Friday.

That is the hope of Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald-Vernon Jackson, who was given the news in a report compiled by Southern Gas Networks.

The firm began emergency gas leak repair works at the beginning of the week after tests revealed gas was escaping in Hilsea.

As previously reported, jams caused by the closure of the southbound carriageway of London Road stretched as far as Fareham, Purbrook and Hayling Island as motorists struggled to enter the city.

Engineers from Southern Gas Networks fitted a new gas pipe in the road today and they hope to fill it in with concrete tomorrow, weather permitting.

A layer of Tarmac will then be poured on top and it is hoped workers will be off the road by the end of the working day on Friday.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘I am absolutely relieved by this news. This wasn’t scheduled, it was an emergency. You have to fix a gas main that is broken, otherwise people’s lives will be put at risk.’

The hoped-for Friday finish is dependent on the weather and on the new pipe passing safety tests.