Heavy traffic on major Portsmouth roads as A27 closure starts
Major Portsmouth roads are seeing much higher traffic levels than normal this afternoon after closures on the A27.
The eastbound carriageway of the Havant bypass is shut this weekend for repairs to be carried out on Cosham Bridge – the road over the main Portsmouth to London train line.
It will be closed between junction 12 of the M27 and the A2030 Eastern Road roundabout until 6am on Monday morning.
Drivers have been asked to follow diversion routes through Cosham and Farlington, which has led to heavy traffic in the north of the city.
Traffic information service Romanse said there were 15-minute delays northbound on Eastern Road between Anchorage Park and the A27 junction because of the closure.
There are similar delays on the M27 between junction 9 at Park Gate and junction 10 at Fareham, as drivers head towards the diversion.
Traffic maps also show heavy traffic in Cosham as vehicles leave the M27 and join the A3 going north towards Havant.
Stagecoach has announced its 700 service towards Chichester will be diverted, and buses will not serve the Trafalgar School, Coach & Horses, News Centre or Hilsea Lido stops this weekend.
A message from Portsmouth Police on Facebook said: ‘We wanted to make you aware of very heavy traffic in the city. Our colleagues from Highways England are completing work on the A27 meaning that it is closed eastbound at Cosham. This means the surroundings roads are very busy!
‘Please plan you journeys accordingly and allow extra time for your journey!’
Work on the bypass – built in 1968 – will include replacing the bridge joints and waterproofing material, resurfacing the eastbound and westbound carriageways and replacing the central reservation over the bridge.
A second closure will be in place next weekend on the westbound carriageway.
The two weekend closures will be followed by narrow lanes running over the bridge with a 50mph speed restriction in both directions for up to 10 weeks and is planned to be complete in December.
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