Drivers warned to plan journeys as eight cruise liners arrive and leave Southampton

Daily Echo: Brace yourself for Easter travel chaos Brace yourself for Easter travel chaos

IT is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and motorists in Hampshire are being warned to brace themselves for an exceptionally hectic long weekend. Thousands of passengers are due to come in and out of Southampton as eight cruise ships dock in the city between today and bank holiday Monday. People wanting a weekend away will also face no train services from Southampton Central railway station, which will be closed from today until Monday and replaced with buses as essential improvement work continues. Adding to the problems will be ongoing city centre road works in Platform Road and Western Esplanade. Drivers have been urged to consider delaying their journey until this afternoon, when traffic is expected to be relatively quiet. Among the busiest roads will be the M27, all of the M3, the A31 through the New Forest and the A303 in the north of the county. Southampton Airport also expects 35,000 passengers through its doors from now until April 24. Traffic bosses at Southampton City Council will be hoping to avoid a repeat of previous hold-ups in the city centre by advising motorists to avoid the area at peak times on Saturday. As reported, there was serious congestion in January as five cruise ships docked in port at the same time, forcing some cruise passengers to abandon cars and taxis, while pensioners were forced to urinate on the street. And with two ships in the city today, three tomorrow (Saturday, two on Sunday and one on Monday, traffic bosses say a raft of measures will be introduced to reduce the impact of congestion on the road network. They include variable message signs containing traffic updates, while Dock Gate 4’s junction has been widened to improve traffic flow. Traffic officers will also work closely with Associated British Ports (ABP), cruise operators and businesses to ensure passengers are aware of the best route to get them to and from Dock Gate 4. A city council spokesman said: “The busiest times are expected to be between 11am and 2pm on Saturday around the southern part of the city, coming in from the M271. If journeys to this part of the city are not essential drivers may wish to travel outside of the peak times or come into the city using a different route.” On the closure of the railway station, Jim Morgan, infrastructure director for the Network Rail and the South West Trains Alliance, said: “We recognise that this is not ideal and we are sorry for the inevitable disruption that will be caused.”

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11:26am Fri 18 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.
Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic. bigfella777
  • Score: -11

12:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.
Typically Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday will be paid at Double Time with Saturday being paid at Time and a Half. "I'll earn myself a grand".............. a lot of hours worked to get it though.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.[/p][/quote]Typically Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday will be paid at Double Time with Saturday being paid at Time and a Half. "I'll earn myself a grand".............. a lot of hours worked to get it though. Torchie1
  • Score: -1

1:50pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Bill4321 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.
This is a report about people trying to commute as they are going to or coming back from holiday over Easter.

Nobody cares that you cycled to work at 8AM. Nobody. Get it?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.[/p][/quote]This is a report about people trying to commute as they are going to or coming back from holiday over Easter. Nobody cares that you cycled to work at 8AM. Nobody. Get it? Bill4321
  • Score: 17

6:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

Bill4321 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.
This is a report about people trying to commute as they are going to or coming back from holiday over Easter.

Nobody cares that you cycled to work at 8AM. Nobody. Get it?
Be fair Bob,it's one of the most interesting posts I've ever read
So much so ,I nearly shot my load!
[quote][p][bold]Bill4321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.[/p][/quote]This is a report about people trying to commute as they are going to or coming back from holiday over Easter. Nobody cares that you cycled to work at 8AM. Nobody. Get it?[/p][/quote]Be fair Bob,it's one of the most interesting posts I've ever read So much so ,I nearly shot my load! bullsbags
  • Score: 4

6:02pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

bullsbags wrote:
Bill4321 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.
This is a report about people trying to commute as they are going to or coming back from holiday over Easter.

Nobody cares that you cycled to work at 8AM. Nobody. Get it?
Be fair Bob,it's one of the most interesting posts I've ever read
So much so ,I nearly shot my load!
Or even Bill
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bill4321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.[/p][/quote]This is a report about people trying to commute as they are going to or coming back from holiday over Easter. Nobody cares that you cycled to work at 8AM. Nobody. Get it?[/p][/quote]Be fair Bob,it's one of the most interesting posts I've ever read So much so ,I nearly shot my load![/p][/quote]Or even Bill bullsbags
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

I walk bugger the Car!
I walk bugger the Car! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -1

4:11am Sat 19 Apr 14

Big Mac says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.
And what might you spend that on – a saddle for your bike – might stop you speaking out of your ar5e.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Couldn't care less, I cycled to work at 8am and I'm staying here until 8pm, repeat Sat,Sun and Monday. I'll earn myself a grand the next 4 days while everyone is stuck in traffic.[/p][/quote]And what might you spend that on – a saddle for your bike – might stop you speaking out of your ar5e. Big Mac
  • Score: 0

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