M275 lane closure could cause delays

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DRIVERS planning to use the M275 out of Portsmouth this weekend are being advised to allow extra time because of planned roadworks.

Work on the motorway’s communications infrastructure, including emergency phones and electronic signs, requires the left-hand lane of the northbound carriageway to be closed between Rudmore roundabout and the new Tipner interchange junction.

The work is being scheduled to take place from 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Portsmouth City Council staff will be monitoring traffic levels in the city to ensure the lane is reopened if congestion starts to build.

Graham Baggaley, the council’s project manager, said: ‘Unfortunately we sometimes have to close lanes while work is done, but we have scheduled this for a time we know is far less likely to have any adverse impact.

‘We’re very sorry for the inconvenience to drivers and grateful for everyone’s patience during this work.’

The work is part of a £28m project to build a motorway junction, southbound bus lane running from Tipner 
to Rudmore and a park-and-ride.

The park-and-ride will have more than 650 spaces.