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The roadworks will be on Romsey Road in Lyndhurst (Photo: stock image)
The roadworks will be on Romsey Road in Lyndhurst (Photo: stock image)

DRIVERS will face days of disruption on one of the main roads into the New Forest next week when resurfacing work begins.

Hampshire County Council is carrying out the project on Romsey Road in Lyndhurst between Wellands Road and the police station at Pikes Hill.

The two-phase operation over a combined 14 days – weather permitting – will be involve temporary traffic lights and overnight closures on the route, which is a way into the New Forest for thousands of commuters from the M27.

HCC deputy leader Cllr Rob Humby, who is the cabinet member for economy, transport and environment, said: “These works are part of our Operation Resilience programme to make Hampshire’s roads more resilient to the impact of traffic and severe weather.”

The first phase starts on Tuesday 3rd September and will last for 10 days. Between 9.30am and 4pm there will be two-way temporary traffic signals, but no work at the weekends.

When that finishes on Monday 16th September, the second phase will start with four nights of road closures between 8pm and 6am.

Cllr Humby said: “The road will be closed so that our teams can complete resurfacing safely and as quickly as possible.

“The road will be open during the day during this final phase, and a signed diversion route will be in place.”

The scheme will follow similar Operation Resilience roadworks which started on Tuesday this week for a combined nine nights on the A35 from the Spicers Hill roundabout up to and including the on-slip from the A326.

Timescales are weather dependent but from Tuesday there was scheduled to be six nights of work on the northbound A35 and on-slip from A326.

From Wednesday 4th September there will be two nights’ work on the southbound A35, and on Friday 6th September one night of alternate closures on the north and southbound A35.

An HCC spokesperson said: “We appreciate the inconvenience to local residents as a result of night working, but the work has to be done under a closure so it can be done safely, and at night time to minimise the disruption to traffic.”

To find out more contact Hampshire County Council’s Operation Resilience team on 0300 555 1388.



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