Anger over road closure

By Surrey and Hants News in Transport

The owner of a Bordon business is urging customers not to be put off by a traffic diversion put in place while work is carried out on Oakhanger Road.

Contractors working on the new relief road have shut the section of the road between Hogmoor Road and Budds Lane completely for five weeks while work takes place to lower a water main.

The road is used by customers and staff heading to businesses on the Bordon?Trading Estate.

Danny Maines, owner of Autodan on the estate, told The Messenger that customers could be put off by the diversion, which takes drivers along Hogmoor Road.

But he said: “It doesn’t take that much more time. Before it [the road] was shut, we had to pick up a vehicle from the centre of Bordon. Two of my guys went the usual way into Bordon and I went round the diversion route, and we met up at the Forest Centre: I got there 30 seconds after them. So it’s not so time-consuming as people might think.”

He said the businesses on the site had been notified of the closure only three weeks ago.

“The guys that came round were very apologetic about giving us such short notice,” he said. “Now it’s shut we are already getting customers coming in saying they are finding it hard to get here.”

Mr Maines said that following several conversations with Hampshire County Council the signage along the diversion route has been improved. But he added: “They are calling on people to support local businesses that have been disrupted.”

Councillor Rob Humby, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “We are working with all the businesses at the Bordon Trading Estate and surrounding area to ensure we mitigate any impact on their business. This includes a clearly signed diversion route which will be monitored throughout the closure, specific signs directing people to the trading estate and local businesses, granting South East Water extended working hours to enable the work to be done in the shortest timeframe possible, as well as investigating taking out adverts in the local paper to remind local residents that businesses are open as usual.”