A NEW 30mph speed limit  is to be enforced on a Hampshire road as part of a triage point for EU-bound lorries.

Hampshire County Council (HCC) have today announced there will be a 30mph limit of the A31 between Winchester and Alresford. 

It comes as the lorry park will be a “short stay triage point” capable of checking up to 235 lorries to ensure all EU-bound freight has the correct ‘border-ready’ paperwork in place.

HCC have said that the speed limit is for the safety of road users and traffic marshals as the westbound lane of A31 is used temporarily as a short-stay triage point for EU-bound freight traffic heading towards Portsmouth International Port to check they have the "correct border-ready documentation" in place.

The road will be kept open in both directions at all times for traffic using the eastbound lane.

The Council have said that anyone planning on using the road for essential journeys should "please plan ahead" to allow extra time.

Launched on December 29, the lorry park has been designed to check up to  235 vehicles a day.

Signs along the M25 will ask drivers to travel along the M3 to get there.

A 5km stretch of the eastbound carriageway of the A31 will run as a contraflow to take both east and westbound traffic, while the westbound carriageway will be used to check freight.