UPDATE 2012-10-09 11:57 – Lane no.1 southbound now open. Northbound still shut.
UPDATE 2012-10-09 16h05 – All lanes now open!
Hampshire Constabulary state,
The A34 at Whitchurch is currently closed in both directions after a incident involving a transporter lorry.
The road is likely to be closed for some time to allow repairs to the barriers and road surface. Please find an alternative route.
It’s hoped the road will be re-opened by rush hour later this morning.
No other vehicles are involved and fortunately no one has been injured.
Latest update is that the A34 at Whitchurch will remain closed tonight and most of tomorrow in both directions to allow repairs to the road surface and barriers.
Diversions will be in place but please seek other routes if you can
DIVERSION BETWEEN A303 & A343
The Highways Agency report that the A34 is closed between the junctions with the A303 and the A343. One driver reported that they could enter the southbound carriageway from Whitchurch, and another said that they could go northbound out of Whitchurch.
ITV report that Hampshire Police arrested a 29 year old man on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving with an unsecured load and causing danger to other road users, following the crash on the A34.
They further report that the car transporter was being towed by a recovery vehicle on the northbound carriageway, and that it came free before crashing through the central barrier.
MESS CLEARED, WITNESSES SOUGHT
The resulting mess has now been cleared away but the road surface was severely damaged and must be repaired.
If you witnessed the crash, then please contact Sgt Lyndon Barrett at Whitchurch Roads Policing Unit, quoting Operation Bodmin, on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
The BBC reported on Sunday that Highways Agency contractors send bills to people who cause damage to roads – see HERE.
FURTHER DELAYS TODAY – B3400…AND ONLINE!
Police have also warned people that delays are expected on the B3400 between Whitchurch and Basingstoke as wide loads are delivered to the new gin distillery currently under construction at Laverstoke Mill — see our story on that HERE.
And it seems the information superhighway is also having problems today! BT tweeted this just before noon: “@BTCare Sorry if you’re having trouble accessing some websites & online services, we’re working to resolve this asap”
FROM VERY NOISY TO VERY QUIET
People have been commenting on the town website’s Facebook page that the town was noticeably quieter today, without the tyre noise coming from the nearby A34. Two days ago several people commented that they were kept awake at night by a very noisy rave party (see HERE).