Portsmouth traffic at a ‘complete standstill’ following roundabout crash

CARS and buses in Portsmouth have been stationary for more than an hour this afternoon following an incident at a roundabout.

Eyewitnesses have told The News about an incident at Portsmouth’s Church Street Roundabout at the top of Commercial Road, involving a bus and a car.

Traffic is at a standstill throughout the city. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Traffic is at a standstill throughout the city. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

The news comes after problems to Wightlink’s ferry service caused delays in Southsea earlier this afternoon – the company has confirmed that these delays are also still ongoing.

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One woman, 28-year-old Caroline Ralth from Southsea, says she is having to walk from Southsea to North End to pick her child and her friend’s son up from school.

She said: ‘The roads have been completely gridlocked all afternoon.

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‘My friend has been stuck in traffic for more than an hour and a half – and while walking up from Southsea I have seen six of the same bus stuck in the traffic jam.

‘It looks like a car and a bus have crashed at the top of Commercial Road, but a taxi driver has told me that the ferry delays on top of that have brought the city to a standstill.

‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’

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A spokeswoman from Wightlink said: ‘The delays earlier today were caused by a technical fault on one of our ferries.

‘Our delays are beginning to ease up as we catch up with our regular timetable.’

More to follow.