Hampshire police issue warning after vehicle fire on A31 leaves drivers facing 80 minute delays - and follows incident on Tuesday of road sweeper on its side on same stretch

POLICE issued a warning to motorists after a vehicle fire on a major road near the M27 – the second major incident in less than a day on the same stretch.

By Steve Deeks
Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, 3:44 pm

A vehicle fire resulted in all lanes being blocked and 80 minute delays after the incident on the westbound section of the A31 near Picket Post, Ringwood, this afternoon.

Read More

Read More
Portsdown Hill ice cream man bids farewell after 40 years having lost pitch desp...

Hampshire police, attending the incident, have now provided an update.

A post on social media said: ‘We have now opened one lane on the A31 Westbound following the vehicle fire. Traffic is still very heavy, please allow extra time for your journey.’

Hampshire Roads Policing posted previously: ‘The A31 is currently closed westbound just prior to the Picket Post Services due to a car fire. Thankfully all occupants managed to escape uninjured and made their way to safety.’

It follows an incident on Tuesday involving a road sweeper on its side near Picket Post – but was on the eastbound section.

Vehicle fire on A31. Pic Hants police