Rush-hour queues stretch for miles after traffic incident on A31

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There were queues into the New Forest as drivers sought alternative routes (Photo: stock image)

THERE were traffic queues across the New Forest this morning (Wednesday) after a four-vehicle accident on the A31.

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It happened between Picket Post and Stoney Cross and led to one lane being blocked on the eastbound side of the carriageway.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said at 9.15am: “We were called at 6.58am today to a report of a collision involving four vehicles on the A31 at Upper Lazy Bushes, Burley, which was blocking one lane.

“All the vehicles have now been moved to the hard shoulder and the carriageway is clear again.”

Drivers faced delays of about 45 minutes stretching back towards Ringwood, said Hampshire County Council‘s road traffic Romanse service at about 7.20am.

Further queues built up on the A35 northbound into Lyndhurst as motorists tried to find alternative routes to get to work.

The incident was reported by Romanse as having been cleared at about 8am, but with continuing delays of about 20 minutes on the A31.

There were unconfirmed reports of 6.5 miles of slow-moving traffic on the route, which is one of the major arteries through the New Forest.

This article was amended on 22nd January 2020 after an update from Hampshire police.

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