Barriers were placed across both lanes of Braishfield Road at the Winchester Road junction yesterday in readiness for a three month work project to place a signal junction there.
Alternative routes have been advised as: for westbound traffic along The Straight Mile/Winchester Road turning north in to Braishfield Road, turn west on Jermyns Lane, south on Braishfield Road to the northern end of the closure and on the same roads in the opposite direction.
For eastbound traffic along Winchester Road turning north in to Braishfield Road turn north on Cupernham Lane, east on Sandy Lane, south on Braishfield Road to the northern end of the closure and on the same roads in the opposite direction.
Roy Humby, member for environment and transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “These works are part of the improvements agreed with the developer as part of the planning condition for Abbotswood, and the developer will cover the cost.
“During the works, access to Braishfield Road from the A3090 will need to be closed. I would like to reassure residents that we will work closely with the contractor to minimise disruption during the works and thank people, in advance, for their patience.”
However, less than 24 hours after the barriers were put in place, residents have taken to social media to vent their frustrations at the impact this has had on the traffic in the area.
Traffic lights and a one way system are also still in place on Cupernham Lane adding to the misery.
There has been much discussion on various Facebook pages, one resident posted: It was inevitable that the Braishfield Road works would further snarl up Romsey at key times, especially at 4 ish. Today was an utter nightmare, compounded by all of the other road works in and around Romsey that seem to be planned for around about now. Top planning, planners!
Another post reads: Is there any way that the construction could be managed by traffic lights rather than by closing the road? The road rage seen tonight via the Ganger road estate is really bad and it’s only day one. With all the parked cars there if a young child were to step out it would be a disaster. 3 months of this is all very worrying. To divert traffic via a residential estate is surely not how this was seen to be. Do we need more signs or can these alterations be made without closing the road through temporary lights perhaps? This is clearly a health and safety concern that needs to be addressed
A local told Romsey & Villages: "Our road has been a nightmare today, a lot of drivers are are coming down Ganger Farm too fast and some are even getting abusive with us residents as we are parking outside our homes."
On top of this it would seem a lot of drivers are getting caught out due to lack of signage to notify of the closure. Many have driven all the way down the road before discovering the barriers.