SOUTHERN Water has apologised as repair work in Winchester Road is causing delays for motorists.

The utility company is carrying out three months’ worth of works to replace ageing pipes that are reaching the end of their operational life.

As a result, a lane of Winchester Road and several neighbouring roads have been closed off to motorists, adding to travel disruption on their daily commute.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Southern Water said: “We’re very sorry for the disruption and inconvenience caused by our work replacing ageing pipes so this area of Southampton continues to have a resilient water supply.

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“We know this work is having a significant impact on traffic in this area of Southampton and we have written to all customers in the area who are affected. 

“We have shared this information about the works Southampton City Council and University Hospital Southampton, so residents and commuters are fully informed. 

“The work will take around three months to complete and we will have teams working seven days a week to ensure we can complete this work as quickly as possible.” 

The works started on Monday, July 31, resulting in Vincent Avenue, Bladon Road, Malvern Road, Seymour Road, Luccombe Road (North), and Seagarth Road being closed off to the public.

Diversion routes are in place using display signs with the eastbound traffic using Winchester Road.

Westbound traffic is advised to follow the diversion via Hill Lane, Lordswood Road, Lords Hill Way, and Romsey Road.

Commenting on a previous Echo article - stating that Winchester Road was due to close as a result of the roadworks - a reader commented: "Ambulance drivers are going to have massive problems reaching the hospital.

"The traffic build up will be horrendous in the surrounding areas. I'd like to say I'll just hang my keys up for a few months but that just won't be possible. 

"I hope they work harder on it than they have demonstrated recently on the countless other roadworks in the area.

"It is so frustrating to suffer all of the traffic disruption."