Portsmouth motorists face delays after coach hits railings

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MOTORISTS are warned to expect delays after a coach crashed into railings in Portsmouth during rush hour.

The single decker coach hit railings at the roundabout between Cambridge Road and Museum Road in Old Portsmouth shortly before 8am.

Hampshire Police said the driver was not injured.

The coach had been on its way to Havant to pick up trippers for a Christmas day out on the Isle of Wight when, said police, the driver swerved to avoid a cyclist at the roundabout and hit the railings. No-one else was on the coach at the time.

PC John Bridgeman-Hills said: ‘As the coach has come round the corner, a cyclist was in his blind spot.

‘The driver has swerved to avoid the cyclist and the coach went into the railings. He has taken evasive action, it is good driving really.

‘The railings pierced the fuel tank.’

PC Bridgeman-Hills explained that the fuel tank being pierced did not cause any extra mess or concern for safety, but took longer to clear to scene, and the junction was shut off by police as fire crews removed fuel from the vehicle.

PC Bridgeman-Hills said the cyclist was nowhere to be seen when emergency services arrived.

He added it was lucky the crash took place during the school holidays, as pupils from Portsmouth Grammar School often walk on the pavement by the roundabout at that time of day.

Picture by Sam Butcher