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Highways England slammed for access road closure causing Bank Holiday traffic "chaos" at Burley




MOTORISTS have slammed the closure of the access road to join the A31 westbound from Burley at Picket Post for causing bank holiday “chaos”.

The route has been blocked until 21st June so Highways England can replace the cattlegrid.

But drivers claim Highways England caused confusion by placing the diversion signs at the turning to the cattlegrid – including one which reads “ignore sat nav” and “Burley diversion” but has an arrow pointing drivers towards the A31. Burley is in the opposite direction.

The signs at the site have drawn a barrage of criticism (Photo: Simon Rowley)
The signs at the site have drawn a barrage of criticism (Photo: Simon Rowley)

It means motorists face having to turn around and travel back to the village or join the A31 eastbound carriageway and drive 20 miles to get to Cadnam.

“It quite simply beggars belief,” Simon Rowley told the A&T. “Why they need four weeks to do the work I don’t know. Quite honestly, it was chaos over the bank holiday weekend.”

Ringwood’s deputy mayor Cllr Philip Day warned motorists there is more traffic troubles to come.

“If you think this is bad, wait until they start work on the new water main along Mansfield Road in Ringwood from 14th June until the end of September.

“And then Highways England is going to close the westbound slip road onto the A31 at Ringwood in November for a year or so (barring a few days at Christmas).”

The concrete curing means the work is expected to take up to a month (Photo: Simon Rowley)
The concrete curing means the work is expected to take up to a month (Photo: Simon Rowley)

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “The diversion took people to Cadnam and then back to Picket Post to carry straight on.

“Due to the concrete curing time the work will take one month and requires a closure. There is signage out but due to the road network in the New Forest the diversion routes can be quite long.”



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