Bus fire: Southampton Road repairs should be completed tomorrow

Road surface is extensively damaged. Picture shows burnt out bus on low loader.

Teams at Hampshire Highways are working hard to repair the extensive damage to a main road in Eastleigh, caused by a bus fire yesterday.

Following the serious incident on 1 July, Highways officers remain at the scene, on Southampton Road, and are assessing the damage with a view to the road surface being repaired tomorrow once materials and equipment can be mobilised.

Work is expected to start early on Saturday morning (3rd July) and it should be completed the same day. The road will need to remain closed in the meantime, with a signed traffic diversion route in place via Leigh Road /Passfield Avenue / Chestnut Avenue.

Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations, said:

“I am very relieved to hear no one was hurt in this incident. With major work needed to repair this section of the Southampton Road after last night’s bus fire, Hampshire Highways teams are busy preparing to resurface the road this weekend.

“Fire, oil and diesel spillage caused significant damage to an extensive stretch of the road and we are doing all we can, as quickly and as safely as possible, to reopen this important, busy route in Eastleigh.”

The nearby Texaco garage remains accessible and pedestrian access along the route will be maintained for the duration of the closure for those who need essential access to the area.