Residents in Portsea have raised their increasing concerns with their local ward councillor, Stephen Morgan over congestion and traffic flow on local streets this week.
The level of traffic being funnelled through Queen Street/Angelsea Road junction and Unicorn/Market Way junction is currently saturating the network, leading to severe delays for both public transport and general traffic on Hope Street/Market Way and Queen Street/The Hard, and within the Naval Base.
Cllr Morgan has written to the council to urgently investigate this matter and ensure action is taken.
In response senior officers in the traffic management team have said:
“There has been severe congestion on the road network and within the Dockyard as a result of revised traffic arrangements while important works are conducted in the Naval Base in preparation for the QEC carriers.
This situation is being exacerbated by half term, and a rail replacement service for all rail services to and from Southampton (lasting until the 30th October)”.
Cllr Morgan said:
“I understand that extensive work is ongoing between the City Council, the Naval Base and BAE Systems to manage the impact as far as possible.
A further meeting is scheduled for this evening between officers, BAE, and the Royal Navy where they hope to agree a way forward”.
Meanwhile, the council are continuing to manually override the traffic signals to manage the flows as best they can, and balance the competing flows on the network.
Changes have also been made to the Park and Ride service to reduce the delays experienced by passengers.
Cllr Morgan added:
“I welcome these efforts by the city council and hope they improve the situation we are seeing and address our local concerns”.