Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “In light of national developments, the Local Resilience Forum has suspended work on the Operation Transmission plan. Therefore, I can confirm that there will be no further work on the A31 between Winchester and Alresford at this time.”
Hampshire County Council is part of HIOW LRF which has developed a contingency plan in the event of a no deal EU exit – Operation Transmission - to manage traffic flows in the south of the county, avoiding severe traffic congestion on the M275 and M27 which could be caused by delays at Portsmouth International Port. The plan involves triages and holding sites for EU destined lorries located away from the port, including along a section of the A31 with a holding capacity for HGVs who might arrive at the Port with documentation not ‘border ready’.
To ensure the plan could be fully implemented within a short time frame if necessary, and to ensure regular traffic could continue to flow in both directions along the A31, the County Council has completed initial engineering and preparation works.
Councillor Humby continued: “Whatever happens in relation to the UK’s exit from the EU, I would like to reassure local residents and businesses that the County Council’s focus remains on protecting the quality and continuity of the services we provide to the people of Hampshire.”
The LRF will continue to plan for a reasonable worst case scenario and the Operation Transmission plan remains ready to be implemented if required.