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Main road closed at weekends to 'future proof' the network

Closure of the road that links Farnborough Airport and the town centre will cause 'inconvenience'

Roadworks on the Ively Rd, Farnborough, which is due to be closed during the next two weekends

A main road that links motorists to Farnborough Airport and the town centre will be closed to allow for resurfacing works.

A stretch of the A327 in Southwood will be closed for up to two weekends, starting from this Saturday.

The closure is likely to cause an ‘inconvenience’ to motorists, says a ward councillor, but the works would be necessary to take the weight of HGVs going to and from the planned warehouse distribution centre at Pyestock.

Councillor Martin Tennant, who represents Southwood at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “The trouble with these resurfacing works is that it needs to be done.

“Our roads are in need of repair following the wet winter. Judging by the size of potholes, if we do not keep on top of the works, it will get worse.

“In the south of England we are at capacity on our roads, so closures are going to cause delays and difficulties for people. Weekend closures are better than weekday closures as there is slightly less traffic on the roads.”

He described the works, to be carried out by Hampshire County Council, as ‘inconvenient but necessary’.

The borough council has published the road closure notice on its website as has Hart District Council as the southern part of Ively Road leads to Church Crookham in Hart. The section of road that will be closed this Saturday and Sunday is between the Kennels Lane roundabout and the Norris Bridge roundabout. Arrangements are in place for a further closure for April 26 and 27, to avoid any travel problems over the Easter weekend.

The carriageway leading onto the roundabout at Pyestock will be resurfaced.

Diversions will be put in place directing motorists via the A325 near Aldershot, which could see journey times increase by up to six times.

Monkey Puzzle Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn, located at the northern end of Ively Road, will remain open during the works.

Vicky Gibbons, hotel manager of the venue, said: “We did not know anything about [the closure].

“We will be open as usual. We have a brand new menu, new breakfasts and kids eat fee, so we encourage people to come and visit.

“We don’t know where the diversion routes will be, but there has to be access to us.

“We have staff that need to get to work and guests that need to come.”

The works are part of the county council’s Operation Resilience programme, which aims to make more of Hampshire’s roads resilient to the effects of extreme weather and increasingly heavy traffic as part of a long term strategy to ‘future-proof’ the network.

The scheme is an investment in Hampshire’s roads for the long term and a shift away from reactive to planned maintenance.

This is considered a better way to maintain roads for the future as the work lasts longer and is more cost effective.

This month’s works have been planned at a weekend during the school holidays to avoid undue disruption.

The road closure will be from 7am on Saturday until 8pm on Sunday, for both weekends.

 

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