Fears work on key Hayling route could have a ‘major impact’

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MAJOR roadworks to one of Havant’s main arterial routes are set to cause delays for motorists.

Traffic will be confined to a 10mph speed restriction along parts of Langstone Road during resurfacing scheme over eight days.

The work is set to place between the hours of 10pm and 6am daily.

Drivers travelling to and from Hayling Island are expected to be the worst affected.

Hayling County Councillor Frank Pearce warned that it could have a ‘major impact’ on islanders.

He said: ‘Owing to the width of the road, they will not be able to close one half and work on the other as before so the road will be closed for a certain period at night. For a few nights buses will not be able to run after 10pm.’

The work starts on September 30.

Temporary traffic signals will be used, along with the use of convoy vehicles to keep the speed of the traffic passing the working site to a maximum of 10mph.

An engineer’s report, seen by Cllr Pearce, states that the nature of this traffic management could cause delays of up to an hour.

The road will be reopened during the day. The work will replace about 10cm of road surface along a stretch of 750 yards, going from the Hayling Bridge to just north of Mill Lane, Langstone.

After islanders were inconvenienced by a series of roadworks throughout last year, local councillor Andy Lenaghan is hoping this scheme goes smoothly.

He said: ‘I hope it’s managed well and causes as little inconvenience to the residents as possible. I think there will be some hardship for taxi operators taking people away on holidays on airport runs.

‘But unfortunately the work has got to be done and they have got to plan their journey accordingly.’

Cllr Seán Woodward, in charge of highways at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘There is never a good time to carry out works on a key route such as Langstone Road, but by keeping the road open and carrying out the works over night, we have sought to keep disruption and inconvenience to a minimum.

‘I ask residents and businesses to bear with us while we carry out this essential maintenance work.’