Traffic lights and junction improvements close Portsmouth road

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DRIVERS will be forced to avoid a section of a busy road for four weeks because of roadworks.

Junction improvements mean northbound traffic will not be able to use Kingston Road in Portsmouth from Hanway Road to New Road from 9.30am to 3.30pm,

While the work is carried out traffic will be diverted along Hanway Road, in Buckland.

This is to allow Colas, Portsmouth City Council’s highways contractor, to improve the junction of Kingston Road and New Road.

The contractor said it will be moving traffic islands and the pedestrian crossing away from the junction and hopes this will improve safety for pedestrians and enable drivers to negotiate the junction more easily.

It will also be installing modern traffic lights and a new crossing to make it better for pedestrians and drivers.

Southbound traffic will not be affected but traffic from New Road will not be able to turn right into Kingston Road. Businesses will be open as normal and Colas insists pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Site supervisor Gary Kenny said: ‘We’re sorry for the inconvenience the works may cause. During the earlier phase of this work we used temporary traffic lights to maintain two-way flow, but they weren’t sufficient to cope with the volume of traffic.

‘Using a diversion instead should work a lot more smoothly. We’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding during this work.’