A motorist has blamed a knocked-over ‘no entry’ sign for driving the wrong way on the A31 in Alton and putting his and others’ lives at risk.

Nick Giles, from Ropley, drove the wrong way up the A31 exit slip-road at its junction with the B3006 Selborne Road on Monday, February 20.

He said: “I would like to draw to the attention of your readers the  current dangerous position of the slip road off the westbound carriageway of the A31 at the turn off for Selborne on to the B3006. 

“The ‘no entry’ sign on the Selborne side of this junction has been knocked over with the result there is no clear indication that this slip road is not the route for Winchester.

“It is easy for those not familiar with the area to go up the slip road and on to the A31 in the wrong direction, as I did on February 20.

“I reported the missing sign to Hampshire Highways and the police but nothing has been done at the time of writing (February 28).

“There is the risk of a serious head-on collision with possible fatal injuries, hence my concern for a rapid response.”

The Herald raised Mr Giles’ concerns with Alton Town county councillor Andrew Joy, who confirmed on Saturday that Hampshire County Council’s highways department was aware of the issue and had it “in hand”.