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Portsmouth Road resurfacing works

Road resurfacing

Residents are being given advance warning of upcoming closures.

Over the past 15 months the council has been transforming the one mile stretch of road, as part of Go Cycle - a £30 million investment by Transport for London to improve walking and cycling routes, and public spaces in the borough.

A two-way cycle lane separate from motorised traffic, new green man pedestrian crossings and a revitalised riverfront area are now complete. Resurfacing works on part of the carriageway were carried out in December with the final phase of resurfacing works to be completed in March.

The works are scheduled to commence on March 22 and are anticipated to last for four nights.

  • From March 22: Traffic flows will be subject to restrictions for up to two nights from 8pm to 5am between Brighton Road and Simpson Way (Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 March).

  • From March 23: There will be a full road closure for up to three nights between South Lane and Palace Road from 8pm to 5am with limited vehicle access to properties.
    (The fire gate in The Bittoms will be open to allow access to Milner Road and Woodbines Avenue)

Outside of these hours the road will be open for normal use and advance warning signs will be put in place prior to the works commencing.

Advance warning signs have been installed for road users and letters have been sent to residents on Portsmouth Road.

Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for the Go Cycle Programme Councillor Terry Paton said: 

“The resurfacing works scheduled in March signal the completion to the investment in improving Portsmouth Road.

““Whenever possible we avoid night time works, however, as Portsmouth Road is a key route into the town centre we have had to make the difficult decision to permit evening works due to the disruption day-time works would have on the wider road network. Every effort will be made to ensure that noisy operations are kept to a minimum, but due to the nature of the works it is inevitable that there will be some noise, smoke and dust. We apologise for this.”

Go Cycle member officer board Councillor Hilary Gander said: 

“We're pleased that the first route in the Go Cycle programme is now complete, providing enhanced cycling infrastructure and improved access to public spaces along the river. The council had received feedback about some of the pre-existing roadmarks causing confusion on the carriageway. These works will rectify this problem while providing a new better, quality carriageway surface for all road users. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption, but we hope those impacted will understand the importance of ensuring that our highways are also subject to investment.”