'Operation Transmission' will mean major changes to traffic flows between Alresford and Winchester and includes the provision of a short stay triage point for EU-bound freight traffic en route to Portsmouth International Port. The Liberal Democrat team are concerned about the impact this will have on local people who live, work and travel along the A31.
We have been working hard to get Hampshire's emergency planning body the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to respond to local people's concerns and questions. The LRF, in conjunction with Hampshire County Council's Highways teams, are responsible for ensuring a smooth flow of HGV traffic to the ports when the UK leaves the EU at 23.00h on the 31 December 2020.
We don't feel the true impact of 'Operation Transmission' has been fully appreciated by the authorities and we are continuing to lobby for direct support and more timely information for A31 residents, and appropriate contingency planning.
Full details on 'Operation Transmission' are below.
- The LRF describe the scheme here.
- South Today's feature on the A31 aired on 11/12/2020 (Scroll to 3.51 mins) and gives a good overview.
- HCC Highways are responsible for getting the A31 ready, and have published their plans and maps here. Our detailed questions have been answered here.
- You can read the Hampshire Chronicle write-ups here 1/3/19, 20/11/20 and 4/12/2020.
- Hampshire Polices latest statement 31.12.2020
Road works on the A31 will begin on the 14th December, with the 30 mph contraflow operational from 29 December 2020. 'Operation Transmission' will start at 12.00h on 31 December, ready for the first boat out of Portsmouth at 23.30h.
The scheme will remain in place for 12 weeks.
Please allow extra time for journeys - rat runs are likely to take longer than sticking to the main routes. A live site with all the planned roadworks is here.
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