A resident has slammed the city council for causing “gridlock” with road works on his street.

Martin Noland, 58, of Spring Road, Sholing, said he has been queuing for 45 minutes to travel one mile between the BP Petrol Garage on Portsmouth Road to the Itchen Bridge.

This is due to the traffic being diverted away from Spring Road and Station Road.

Roadworks began on Monday, February 26, and are set to last around three months.

This comes after a series of crashes on Spring Road in recent months, including one resident who had three parked cars written off in crashes.

Martin said: “We were bumper to bumper to bumper the entire way.

“The council need to update the traffic lights to reflect the amount of traffic that is spilling through that area as a result of the road works.

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“The situation on Portsmouth Road, Station Road and Spring Road is just ridiculous.”

The Spring Road resident said that he was unhappy that the council had not made better attempts to warn residents of the traffic issues that could follow from the road works.

He added: “The council said that they would monitor the situation and update us on how it’s going – that doesn’t seem to have happened.

“They could have sent out emails telling people to avoid the area.”

In response to the complaints, a spokesperson for Southampton City Council said: “The ongoing improvement works at the junction of Spring Road and Station Road to provide new traffic calming measures and pedestrian crossings in this location has meant that vehicles have been diverted around this junction.

“As a result, neighbouring routes and particularly Portsmouth Road are busier than normal.

"We understand drivers’ feelings on the delays and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”