MOTORISTS are about to get a hole load of relief as work to resurface Petersfield’s High Street has begun.

Hampshire Highways begun long-awaited work to repair the potholed thoroughfare and around a third of Chapel Street this evening (Monday, March 11).

The road will be closed to through traffic for four nights from 8pm to 6am with local diversions being put in place.

Traders and surrounding residents were informed last month with more than £1million being spent on resurfacing work.

They have also been warned that vehicular access to adjacent properties cannot be guaranteed during work, which has been timed to cause minimal disruption.

The High Street and Chapel Street will be stripped back and resurfaced from the beginning of the tarmacked section near the War Memorial to a point close to The Petersfield Bookshop.

The work does not include pavement repairs or the remainder of The Square as that’s part of a greater placemaking project that’s been years in the making.

The current surface will be replaced with traditional black tarmac while new markings will also be put down at the Nationwide junction to show priority, as the area can be a blackspot for crossing pedestrians.

It’s also unlikely the lighter patches along the High Street will remain, as Hampshire Highways have effectively stopped using coloured tarmac because of its cost and poorer durability.