Southampton Road repaired and reopened

Southampton Road following repair pic: HCC

A stretch of the A335 Southampton Road in Eastleigh Town centre that was seriously damaged by a bus fire on Thursday has been repaired and reopened to traffic after a team from Hampshire Highways worked throughout the weekend to restore the road surface and pavements.

Highways officers were immediately at the scene in the aftermath of the very serious bus fire, to start assessing the extent of the damage and to start making arrangements for urgent repairs to be carried out. Specialist resurfacing equipment was redeployed to ensure the repairs could be carried out as quickly as possible and by early evening on Saturday 3 July the damaged road had been fully resurfaced and reopened to traffic. On Sunday 4 July the footways, also damaged by the fire, were repaired as well.

This work was completed in full, and all temporary traffic lights removed by 2pm on Sunday 4 July.

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

“This was an extraordinary effort by our Hampshire Highways team to get this important main road reopened, while ensuring the traveling public remained safe.

“The team pulled out all the stops to get things back to normal as soon as possible and I am grateful to all those involved. Major work was needed to repair this section of Southampton Road after the bus fire. The intensity of the fire, as well as spilled oil and diesel caused very significant damage to an extensive stretch of the road.”

A double decker bus was completly burnt out in the incident on Thursday, damaging the road surface. Pic HFRS