ROADWORKS on one of the busiest roads in Havant has caused major traffic delays this afternoon.
Workers from Southern Gas Networks put in temporary traffic lights half way down the southbound side of Langstone Road where they are putting in utilities for a new property.
It meant the already congested road was down to a single lane and, since late morning, there were long tailbacks onto and off of Hayling Island and in all directions from the A27 roundabout, including into the town centre.
The situation was exacerbated by roadworks already taking place in the area, meaning the northbound side of Langstone Road was also gridlocked.
The gas company acted under their own delegated powers – meaning they did not need permission from Hampshire County Council to carry out the works. But they traffic was so bad the council’s highway department ordered them to be stopped immediately.
The traffic lights were eventually removed at 2.30pm.
Some frustrated drivers were stuck in traffic for more than an hour.
One driver, who lives on Hayling Island but did not want to be named, said: ‘It took me 45 minutes to travel two miles into Havant, and one hour to return home.
‘I live just north of the junction with West Lane and the A3023 on Hayling Island. Traffic was backed up into and beyond Havant and down to the southern coast on Hayling Island.
‘The work is also affecting the traffic flow off the A27 in both directions.’
The southbound side of Langstone Road is now clear, but there are still some delays heading northbound.