Eastern Road shut: Portsmouth disruption expected as Southern Water partially closes major highway for repair

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Traffic disruption is expected in Portsmouth over the next few weeks as Southern Water partially closes Eastern Road for sewerage repair works.

The latest works started on Sunday, May 12 at 7pm and are expected to last around four weeks. The work is to re-line 600 metres of underground sewer pipe which requires one lane of the southbound carriageway to be closed from south of the bridge to the other side of the Volkswagen showroom. It comes as the third phase of a planned £900,000 improvement project. The road was last closed due to a burst sewer pipe on April 18, which has led to Southern Water bringing the next phase of work forward.

Alex Saunders, head of wastewater networks at Southern Water, said: “We have brought forward Phase 3 because of the recent burst sewer incident. We apologise for the further disruption this will cause residents, businesses and commuters. We will continue to update our website with any further information.” 

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Southern Water have brought forward phase 3 of the improvement work to sewer pipes underneath the Eastern Road. One lane will be closed during for four weeks from May 12.Southern Water have brought forward phase 3 of the improvement work to sewer pipes underneath the Eastern Road. One lane will be closed during for four weeks from May 12.
Southern Water have brought forward phase 3 of the improvement work to sewer pipes underneath the Eastern Road. One lane will be closed during for four weeks from May 12. | Alex Shute

The re-lining of the sewer pipe will also see the cycle and walking path closed on the east side of the Eastern Road from the roundabout to Airport Service Road. There will be a respite to the closure on Wednesday, June 5, to alleviate pressure on the roads for the D-Day 80 commemorations, although the foot and cycle path will remain closed on that day.

A Southern Water spokesperson said: “Diversions will be in place for people walking and cycling. Temporary pedestrian traffic lights will be installed at the Airport Service Road junction so that people can cross the Eastern Road and Airport Service Road safely ahead of the path closure. People walking can then continue north on the footpath on the west side of Eastern Road. A signed cycle diversion will be in place for the safest cycle route via Airport Service Road, Robinson Way and Anchorage Road and vice versa for traveling south. The public footpaths on the east side of Eastern Road either side of the bridge will also be closed. Access to Kendalls group, Tudor sailing club and Andrew Simpsons centre will be unaffected by the repair works.”

The relining of the sewer pipe will cost around £900k and is designed to stop the recurring issues with the underground pipes below the busy road. Further information on the works can be found on the Southern Water website.

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