Traffic chaos as Southsea seafront road is shut

U-TURN Motorists have to turn around following the introduction of the new traffic-calming measures in Lennox Road South in Southsea. Picture: Ian Hargeaves (131278-4)
U-TURN Motorists have to turn around following the introduction of the new traffic-calming measures in Lennox Road South in Southsea. Picture: Ian Hargeaves (131278-4)
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ANOTHER road in Southsea being closed off to traffic has caused fury.

Traffic has been left backed up and forced to reverse after reaching a new dead-end in Lennox Road South.

For years the street was a through road to the seafront, but Portsmouth City Council has bollarded off the road three-quarters of the way down.

Traffic coming from Clarendon Road must now turn up Villiers Road and back towards Clarendon and Osborne Road.

Vehicles travelling from Clarence Parade must now go up Auckland Road East and back towards the seafront via Palmerston Road.

The problem has been especially bad at weekends.

Vincent Faithfull, chairman of The Southsea Association, was angry to see another road being closed off following the pedestrianisation of Palmerston Road.

He said: ‘You can’t get to the seafront and cars aren’t realising this.

‘They are backing up and it’s absolute chaos.

‘Cars are just going round and round in the same direction. It’s farcical.

‘People have gone down the road because it’s not clearly signposted.’

He added: ‘It can’t work. How can they close these main arteries?

‘Already they have closed Palmerston Road and now they have decided to close off this road. It’s not the answer to the problem

‘We witnessed chaos on the first period of good weather this summer.’

But Hugh Mason, deputy council leader, said it was a pilot scheme.

He said: ‘We went out to consultation and the majority felt something needed to be done.

‘This was the most favourable option and that’s what we are experimenting with.’

He added: ‘It’s experimental, to deal with a recognised problem of Lennox Road South being used by heavy vehicles.

‘It’s an experiment to see if we can keep heavy goods vehicles from going through that road.

‘It’s an experiment to see how it works.

‘It might be the right answer, it might not be. It’s really clear if you look at the signage that it’s not a through road.’

He said other options included chicanes.