M275 lane to shut for Sails of South repairs

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PART of a busy dual-carriageway stretch on one of the main routes into Portsmouth is to shut for repairs to be carried out on the Sails of The South.

Works to fix the damaged 43m tall tri-sails on the M275 which were damaged during severe storms earlier this year are due to start on Monday.

The council has said the third lane of the northbound carriageway will be shut from 9.30am to 3.30pm daily while the repairs are carried out.

Works are expected to take about five days and specialist material and equipment has been ordered to carry out the job.

City council leader Councillor Donna Jones, said: ‘When I saw the material hanging down on the sails I contacted the head of traffic and asked him to make an urgent repair.

‘I’m pleased to hear the material has arrived and the repair is being carried next week.’

A council spokesman said: ‘The work has been planned to avoid the busiest times and we do not anticipate too much disruption to traffic.

‘However you may wish to allow additional time if travelling out of the city at these times as a precaution.’

Once repaired the structure will once again be lit up at night.