Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “Our Operation Resilience team will be coming to Eastleigh to give Leigh Road a completely new surface in October. This is part of our annual programme which sees an extra £10 million of investment going into Hampshire’s roads every year to make the roads more resilient to the impact of heavy traffic and severe weather. This approach has proved successful over the years in making the most of the resources we have to keep Hampshire’s highways network well maintained for all those who use it.”
This major resurfacing scheme will be carried out on Leigh Road in two phases, with night time road closures in place between 8pm and 6am so that the works can be carried out safely and as quickly as possible. Pedestrian access to properties will be available at all times.
- Phase 1 will see Leigh Road resurfaced on both sides of the dual carriageway; between Oakmount Road and Passfield Avenue on the westbound carriageway, and from Oakmount Road to just before the entrance to the Police and Fire HQ on the eastbound carriageway between Monday 1st October to Friday 12th October, all weather permitting. While the road is closed, people travelling southbound on the M3 for Eastleigh are advised to exit at Junction 12. Alternatively, the signed diversion starts at Junction 14 of the M3 and directs traffic via the A27 Bassett Green Road, Stoneham Way, A335 Wide Lane, A335 Southampton Road, Twyford Road, Allbrook Way, Winchester Road and Bournemouth Road
- Phase 2 will involve resurfacing works on Leigh Road between the zebra crossing just west of Causton Gardens to just after the traffic signals by ‘The Point’ from Monday 15th October to Friday 19th October, again weather permitting. While this part of Leigh Road is closed, again at night, traffic will be diverted along Woodside Avenue and Twyford Road.
Councillor Humby continued: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, and I would like to reassure people that we will do all we can to minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and those travelling through the area while we carry out the work. These essential works will be done at night in order to limit the impact on the majority of people travelling to work, school and college but I would those who need to travel in and around the area to plan their journeys in advance. Our highways teams have already written to local people who live nearby, and are liaising with businesses in the area, working with them to limit any impact the works may have.”