There will be four months of misery for commuters to start 2022 with temporary traffic lights planned for a major route into Basingstoke.

The water main along the A30 Winchester Road will be replaced, starting in January. It will affect the stretch between Kempshott and Hatch Warren roundabouts, as well as the two roundabouts themselves.

South East Water (SEW) says it will use temporary traffic lights along the 50mph road during the time they install 610 metres of new pipework, laying it in stages and returning it to its original state when one section is completed.

The company, which provides drinking water for Basingstoke residents, says the work is in order to avoid increases in demand causing low pressure for customers.

Works are planned to begin on January 10, although SEW says it will "work hard to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible".

"Work will take place during normal working hours, although there may be some activities at weekends," the Kent-based company continued.

There are also several others roadwork schemes in the area which could bring further trouble to commuters.

Work is underway on the Hounsome Fields and Basingstoke Golf Course developments - with construction already well underway on the new roundabout that will serve the new estates.

There has been a 30mph temporary speed limit between Hatch Warren roundabout and the junction at Oakdown Farm for a year to facilitate this.

Reconstruction work at Brighton Hill roundabout is also due.

SEW acknowledge: "We are aware there are other utility and highway works in the area but this project must take place in January in order for us to continue supplying the community with top-quality drinking water.

"We will continue to work closely with the local Highways authority throughout the project to minimise disruption to you where possible."

Residents will have the opportunity to meet the project team to ask questions about the scheme on Wednesday, December 8, which will be held between 6pm and 8pm. To sign up, click here.