Drivers stuck in cars as Hilsea is gridlocked

Congestion in Hilsea today. Picture: Stuart Hogg
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MOTORISTS in Hilsea have been stuck in huge traffic jams.

One driver complained that he had been stuck in traffic around the Norway Road area for around 45 minutes.

It’s believed to have been caused by work being carried out in the area by Southern Water.

Stuart Hogg, 38, from Paulsgrove works in the industrial estate and was trying to get to a doctors appointment.

He said: ‘It’s gridlocked. The whole estate is gridlocked. I haven’t moved in 45 minutes.

‘No-one is moving. Traffic is going nowhere. Noone can get in our out of the estate.

‘They are doing roadworks on the Hilsea roundabout on Norway Road.

‘This is a joke. I haven’t moved. Everybody is out of their cars talking. Lorries are stacked up everywhere.

‘It’s been happening every day but today is just unbelievable. It’s a disgrace.’

A spokesman for Southern Water said: ‘Southern Water and contractor 4Delivery are carrying out improvements to the sewer network in Norway Road as part of a wider flood alleviation scheme.

‘This is a major scheme which, when complete, will help prevent sewer flooding in parts of Portsmouth and Southsea during heavy rain.

‘So we can carry out the work safely, four-way traffic lights were set up in Norway Road on March 24. We know these have caused some disruption to motorists and we apologise for that.

‘We’d like to thank motorists for their continued patience and can assure them we’re working hard to complete the work as quickly as possible - all being well, we expect to be out of Norway Road by the end of next week. The lights will be manually controlled until the work completes.’

Have you been affected by the gridlock? Ring reporter Ruth Scammell on 023 92622131