Major Congestion in Hambledon as a A283 closes for emergency work.

Hambledon has experienced severe traffic congestion this morning as a result of the A283 Petworth Road being closed from Skinners Lane, by the Winterton Arms, through to Lane End. 

The road closure is likely to remain for several days.

Hundreds of cars have been using the narrow Pockford Lane and Vann Lane as a diversion, leading to a jam forming in Hambledon on Cricket Green by the shop. Thanks to Martin Thompson taking on traffic management duties, some 150 grid-locked cars have now been able to make passage through the village. The Parish Council has informed police and traffic officers are to be sent.

The closure will have an impact on the many Hambledon villagers planning on attending the memorial service for John and Annie Tidmarsh, taking place at St Mary’s Church. Chiddingfold, at 3.30pm this afternoon. Please check on road condition before setting off, if you can, and allow for a longer journey time.

Perhaps the best way from Hambledon to the church is to cross the A283 at Lane End into New Road, turn left into Combe Lane by Witley Station approach, and follow the road through to Chiddingfold, via Ridgley Road and Coxcombe Lane to arrive on the green beside the church. (Although Combe Lane was due to be closed today due planned roadworks, this has not so far taken place)

Please remember, there is no parking at the church itself.

  • Update: The situation in Hambledon had improved by lunchtime today, thanks in part to our shop staff and volunteers taking measures to aid traffic flow. Vann Lane and Pockford Lane will no doubt remain busy but traffic is moving. According to the bus operator Stagecoach, the A283 is not expected to reopen for several days.
#CHIDDINGFOLD We have now been informed that the A283 between Lane End and Chiddingfold will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Service 71 will be on diversion until further notice as a result.
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