Work starts on major Portsmouth junction to improve safety

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WORK is to start on roads to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The Portsmouth City Council project will involve work on the Eastern Road and Anchorage Road junction, making the junction safer.

It includes the first use in the country of new traffic lights.

The lights save energy and are more visible for road and path users and have the latest sensors, meaning drivers won’t have to wait unnecessarily when the lights are on red.

The traffic lights will prevent traffic coming on to the Eastern Road from Anchorage Road and opposite on the Kendall’s Wharf service road at the same time.

During the seven-week project, most of the work will be carried out between 7pm and 5am with the aim that drivers come across as little disruption as possible.

There will be one northbound closure and one southbound closure of the Eastern Road and several closures of Anchorage Road.

All closures will be at night.

Cllr Ken Ellcome, the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, said: ‘This project will mean real safety improvements for people walking, cycling and driving, and smoother journeys for drivers.’

‘People should not notice much 
disruption, but we do appreciate their patience while we make these improvements.’