Big changes at Portsmouth junction as right turn is banned

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MOTORISTS are to be banned from turning right at a busy city junction in a six-month trial.

From tomorrow, drivers will not be able to turn from Velder Avenue to Milton Road, Milton. Portsmouth City Council hopes the move will cut delays.

A council spokesman said: ‘Only about 90 of 3,000 drivers using the junction in the morning rush-hour make the right turn from Velder Avenue into Milton Road. In the evening rush-hour, the total is about 35 out of 3,000.

‘Stopping the right turn will mean the traffic lights on the junction have to go through fewer stages.

Roadworks are being carried out to improve safety. The first stage will last until December.

‘It will take place alongside work by Southern Gas Networks to replace a gas main. A new left turn from Alverstone Road to Rodney Road is being built, with a new push-button crossing over Alverstone Road.

Push-button crossings will then be built across Rodney Road and Milton Road at the north of the junction.