Gillingham is set to undergo some traffic disruption with the closure of New Road for resurfacing work at night.
The closure of the 190m section of section of New Road from Newbury down to Brickyard Lane in both directions from 11 January for up to five nights from 7pm to 6am will in effect cut the town in half.
A major diversion will be put in place to take traffic around the town. According to the official notice of closure, vehicles will be diverted via Shaftesbury, the A 350 and the A 303 (see below).
Dorset Council, who are carrying out the works, said the closure was needed to carry out ‘carriageway maintenance and resurfacing works’.
It stated under its notice of closure that ‘all vehicles will be prohibited from proceeding along B3092 New Road, Gillingham from the junction with B3081 Newbury to the junction with Brickyard Lane (in both directions), a distance of approximately 190 metres’.
It continued: ‘It will come into operation overnight on 11th January 2021 between 19:00 and 06:00 and remain in force for five days, but it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 15th January 2021. A locally signed diversion route will be put in place to enable traffic to travel around the closed section.’
Dorset Council added: ‘Parking restrictions, indicated by signs on site, will be imposed to prevent waiting or parking on the highway or verge on B3092 New Road, Gillingham from the junction with B3081 Newbury to the junction with Brickyard Lane.’
Gillingham mayor Barry Von Clemens said: ‘This will be night time work so hopefully day time traffic will not be too badly effected by the works.’