Long delays due to roadworks in Colden Common

Daily Echo: Long delays due to roadworks Long delays due to roadworks

ROADWORKS are causing long delays for commuters tonight - just days into eight weeks of planned work.

Southern Water has closed a section of the B3354 Colden Common Main Road to replace old water mains with a new 1km section of new pipes from the junction with Portsmouth Road to the junction with Church Lane.

But this has caused massive delays for people travelling in the Eastleigh and Fair Oak areas.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the works have also seen bus operators cancel bus services.

Fair Oak resident Jan Combes was one of many caught in traffic this evening.

A ten minute journey from Sainsbury's in Eastleigh to her home took one hour.

She said: “It was chaos, absolute chaos.

“I cannot understand how Southern Water can justify shutting a road like this for eight weeks. Eastleigh will lose business and so will the pubs along the road. There is no easy way to bypass the road.”

She added that it would be better to have at least one lane open.

The official diversion route is the Main Road, Otterbourne Hill, Allbrook Way, Woodside Avenue, Leigh Road, Romsey Road, Bishopstoke Road, Fair Oak Road, Alan Drayton Way, Eastleigh Road and Winchester Road.

Hampshire Police said that it has been receiving complaints from Owslebury villagers about high levels of traffic through the village, especially heavy goods lorries.

A Southern Water spokesman said: "We appreciate that road closures like this will create disruption and we apologise for the frustration it has caused people.
"We took time with the council to carefully plan this essential replacement of 1km of water main and contacted nearby businesses and residents before starting.
"Our aim has always been to minimise the impact of the scheme and our contractor is working extended hours, seven days a week to get it finished as quickly as they can.
"Consequently the work, which was due to continue into April, is now expected to be completed by the end of February and we can assure people that we are endeavouring to get things back to normal as soon as possible."

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7:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Huffter says...

The big problem is there are too many people expecting to travel at the same time.
The big problem is there are too many people expecting to travel at the same time. Huffter

7:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

MisterTom says...

Enjoy! Just follow the diversions !! We had it done in West End High Street last month.
Enjoy! Just follow the diversions !! We had it done in West End High Street last month. MisterTom

9:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Polkel33 says...

I'd like to think Southern Water is regularly visiting the site to check work is running to schedule. I also hope Southern Water & Clancy Docwra are pulling out all the stops to getting the work done as soon as possible, as this 'unavoidable' road closure is causing misery. It seemed earlier today (and it wasn't raining) when venturing past that there wasn't much happening...?
I'd like to think Southern Water is regularly visiting the site to check work is running to schedule. I also hope Southern Water & Clancy Docwra are pulling out all the stops to getting the work done as soon as possible, as this 'unavoidable' road closure is causing misery. It seemed earlier today (and it wasn't raining) when venturing past that there wasn't much happening...? Polkel33

9:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

dolomiteman says...

'Fair Oak resident Jan Combes was one of many caught in traffic this evening.
A ten minute journey from Sainsbury's in Eastleigh to her home took one hour'.

So it wasn't a 10 minute journey then was it?
'Fair Oak resident Jan Combes was one of many caught in traffic this evening. A ten minute journey from Sainsbury's in Eastleigh to her home took one hour'. So it wasn't a 10 minute journey then was it? dolomiteman

11:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

The Mad Dog says...

Some people are never happy. They'd be moaning if their water supply failed cos the pipes were so old they kept bursting!
Damned if you do, damned if you don't
Some people are never happy. They'd be moaning if their water supply failed cos the pipes were so old they kept bursting! Damned if you do, damned if you don't The Mad Dog

12:43am Thu 9 Jan 14

andysaints007 says...

dolomiteman wrote:
'Fair Oak resident Jan Combes was one of many caught in traffic this evening.
A ten minute journey from Sainsbury's in Eastleigh to her home took one hour'.

So it wasn't a 10 minute journey then was it?
PRATT
[quote][p][bold]dolomiteman[/bold] wrote: 'Fair Oak resident Jan Combes was one of many caught in traffic this evening. A ten minute journey from Sainsbury's in Eastleigh to her home took one hour'. So it wasn't a 10 minute journey then was it?[/p][/quote]PRATT andysaints007

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