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Redbridge Causeway closed as 50 firefighters battle blaze at workshop

Crews at the scene this morning (Wednesday) (picture: HFRS)
Crews at the scene this morning (Wednesday) (picture: HFRS)

A MAIN route from the New Forest into Southampton is closed as more than 50 firefighters tackle flames engulfing a vehicle workshop at Redbridge.

The alarm was raised shortly after 6.30am today (Wednesday), with reports of a blaze at Westway Nissan off Old Redbridge Road – a site used for vehicle repairs and bodywork.

Multiple crews from stations including Beaulieu, Lyndhurst, Ringwood and Redbridge have been battling the emergency. They have been helped by an aerial ladder platform from St Mary’s, as well as Romsey’s environmental protection unit.

Motorists have been urged to avoid the area, and a 200m cordon has been erected around the building which has been completely consumed by the blaze.

The Redbridge Causeway has been closed in both directions, with drivers urged to find alternative routes in and out of the city.

A closure has also been put in place on the outbound carriageway of the Redbridge Flyover, as well as the outbound slip road from the Redbridge Roundabout to the Causeway.

Traffic leaving the city is being diverted at Millbrook, and severe delays have been reported outbound on Millbrook Road West and inbound on the M271.

Crews were expected to remain at the scene for “a significant time”, according to a Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson. Nearby residents have also been urged to keep their doors and windows shut.

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