Morning delays as A27 eastbound lane still closed

The aftermath of the lorry fire. Picture: Ron Cardinal
The aftermath of the lorry fire. Picture: Ron Cardinal

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MOTORISTS in the Wednesday morning rush hour face delays as a section of the A27 eastbound that was closed after a lorry fire yesterday has only just reopened.

Lanes two and three have now re-opened, but the first lane will be shut all of the day for safety reasons before work is done to repair its parapit overnight. Traffic is currently queuing for miles, nearly reaching junction 9 of the M27 at Fareham.

All lanes of the A27 flyover at Eastern Road were closed until around 7.30am following the incident when a lorry carrying refrigeration units jackknifed, sparking the fire and miles of tailbacks yesterday afternoon.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: ‘We are conscious of the fact people are trying to get to work this morning, but we need to make sure it is safe for people to drive on.

‘We have been working as hard as we can to get the road re-opened.’

Earlier this morning, traffic travelling eastbound was down to one lane as vehicles were funnelled off the A27 at the Farlington roundabout, before being allowed to rejoin on the other side.

One motorist, who was driving on the westbound carriageway, said: ‘As I went by they were still sorting out the road on the eastbound side.

‘Cars were being channelled into just one lane as they approached the Farlington roundabout, and they were queuing back for quite some way.’

The work on eastbound carriageway of the A27 flyover started around 8pm last night and officials said it was due to take 10 hours to complete.