Southsea traffic issues caused by Portsmouth triathlon

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ROAD closures for a weekend event caused traffic problems in Southsea.

The weekend saw the first Wiggle triathlon in Portsmouth but the event caused traffic confusion after a major road was closed.

Access to Clarence Parade and Clarence Esplanade, from Palmerston Road, was blocked off as the city welcomed hundreds of runners, cyclists and swimmers.

But drivers who were unaware of the closures driving from Auckland Road East to Palmerston Road had no way of getting out.

Auckland Road West is one way heading to Palmerston Road and the north of Palmerston Road is pedestrianised.

Drivers ended up being directed down Palmerston Road to ease traffic flow.

Tania Almond, Portsmouth City Council triathlon officer said: ‘The Wiggle triathlon was a major event for the city with lots of people saying they would return.

‘This was our first Olympic distance triathlon and we understand that some road closures could have been managed better.

‘We’d like to thank everyone who supported the competitors and we’ll have a meeting to discuss what improvements are needed for next year.’