Traffic gridlock as jack-knifed lorry and gas works shut part of A36

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Emergency gas works and a jack-knifed lorry closed off a stretch of the A36 at Ower (pic: Hampshire police)

EMERGENCY gas works and a jack-knifed lorry closed off a stretch of the A36 at Ower in the New Forest this morning (Tuesday).

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Gridlock was reported shortly before 7.30am as Salisbury Road was shut for the work southbound between Wellow and the Ower roundabout, where the HGV was stuck.

Taking to Twitter shortly before 8am, Hampshire police urged motorists to avoid the area, with the work reportedly causing around 20 minutes of delays southbound.

Northbound traffic was also reportedly held up by up to half an hour due to the stricken lorry on the roundabout.

The tweet on the Hampshire Roads Policing account said: “Please note the A36 southbound between Wellow and Ower is closed due to emergency roadworks.

“We are on scene trying to recover a HGV which has become stuck. Please use an alternative route if using the A36 this morning. Traffic is already heavy in the area.”

Recovery firm RD Avery Limited tweeted around 8.50am that it had cleared the HGV from the scene.

Posting a picture of the recovery operation, Hampshire Roads Policing announced the roundabout had reopened around 9.45am.

But it stressed: “Please note, the southbound A36 will be closed for several days from Wellow to Ower for emergency road works. There is no access to Ower Roundabout!”

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