Second set of M275 roadworks postponed as investigation continues into traffic gridlock

BUSY Drivers queuing in Portsmouth at the weekend. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131831-909)
BUSY Drivers queuing in Portsmouth at the weekend. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131831-909)
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ROADWORKS that crippled Portsmouth are being put on hold until an investigation into why they caused such disruption is complete.

The problems caused by work on the M275 saw thousands of people stuck in traffic backing all the way down to The Hard at the weekend – as celebrations for Armed Forces Day took place across the city.

Work was being done to waterproof the motorway’s bridge at Tipner and meant the southbound carriageway of the motorway was reduced to one lane, while the northbound was down to one.

People were stuck in their cars for up to four hours and many were abandoned.

Portsmouth City Council says the decision to carry out the work on such a busy weekend was down to both the traffic team and the engineers, Colas.

More work was due to be carried out over the weekend of July 13 and 14. But it has been put on hold by the council.

Martin Lavers, the council’s assistant head of service for transport and environment, said in statement said: ‘Investigations into the work done at the weekend are on-going regarding what happened, the process of events and what went wrong.

‘We are also looking at what can be one to avoid similar problems in the future.

‘There is further work to be done on the M275 and we are reviewing the scheduling and management of this.

‘No decisions will be made until we have finished looking at what happened at the weekend.’