TWO sets of roadworks are causing chaos for drivers in Southsea.
Temporary traffic lights at the junction of Elm Grove and Victoria Road North are forcing drivers to seek alternative routes via Fawcett Road.
But this busy road now also has temporary traffic lights and one lane closure due to roadworks.
The work at Elm Grove junction are being carried out by Colas, on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, to create a new set of traffic lights.
Frustrated drivers face jams at all four entrances to the junction and the work goes on until August 13.
Ian Parmiter, owner of Parmiters Antiques in Albert Road, Southsea, uses the junction daily.
He said: ‘There are constant tailbacks right along Albert Road, Elm Grove, and Victoria Road North as you come up to the junction.
‘People are avoiding the area because it’s so bad and that’s having a knock-on effect on our business.
‘We rely on passing trade and we’re not getting that any more.
‘The bin lorries are struggling to get down the road too and it’s difficult for delivery trucks to find somewhere to stop near the shops they are delivering to.’
In a bid to avoid hold-ups at the junction, many drivers are opting to go up Fawcett Road instead – but gasworks being carried out by Southern Gas Networks have led to further jams here too.
These works, which run from the junction of Percy Road to 78 Fawcett Road, are expected to finish tomorrow.
A spokesman for Portsmouth City Council said: ‘It is unfortunate that these two works are taking place at the same time, but gas companies are entitled to dig wherever and whenever they want if it’s for gas maintenance work.
‘We apologise to everyone affected for the inconvenience this has caused and thank people for their patience.’