Use the M27? Brace yourself for weeks of delays as £10m improvement works finally start

Use the M27? Brace yourself for weeks of delays as £10m improvement works finally start

Use the M27? Brace yourself for weeks of delays as £10m improvement works finally start

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MOTORISTS are being warned to brace themselves for disruption as a multi-million pound jam-busting facelift finally gets under way on a Hampshire motorway today.

The works will begin this morning on the M27, having been originally scheduled to happen in June and then July but axed at the last minute.

It is the first of two major improvements to the motorway planned as part of the biggest programme of road works the UK has seen since the 1970s – costing £371m.

The £8m makeover to junction five, towards Eastleigh and Stoneham Way, will see workmen create additional lanes for motorists travelling both on and off the motorway as well as extra traffic lights put on the roundabout.

It is hoped it will reduce delays for the 100,000 drivers who use the road every day.

But commuters face eight months of reduced speed limits and narrow lanes during the day and overnight closures while the work is carried out.

It comes ahead of a similar £2.3m scheme to reduce bottlenecks at junction three of the M27, towards the M271 to Southampton city centre and Romsey, which will begin at the end of September, after the Southampton Boat Show.

The M27 exit slip road and a section of the southbound M271 carriageway will be widened to three lanes and there will be additional traffic lights on the roundabout.

Both projects are due to be completed by next spring.

Ed French, from the Highways Agency, said: “We have planned the work carefully to minimise disruption and will carry out as much of the work as possible overnight, when traffic flows are at their lowest. I advise anyone wishing to use either junction to plan their journeys and to allow extra time.”

The AA have welcomed the improvements.

Paul Watters, head of roads policy, said: “The places where motorways meet important local roads can often be a weak link with regular congestion constricting the junction which often affects the traffic flow on the motorway itself. These local congestion hotspots cost drivers and businesses time and money.

“Regular drivers who use junction five and junction three of the M27 know this only too well and many well ask themselves why relatively simple measures cannot be adopted to ease the blockage at peak times. So they and the AA are relieved that something is a last being done to ease the flow.”

Hampshire County Council’s transport boss Cllr Seán Woodward said the works will help boost economic growth with better access and better productivity as a result – tempting national and local firms to base themselves in the county.

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2:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

I'm braced.
I'm braced. whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

3:03pm Mon 4 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

All it will do is make the queues a bit shorter and a bit fatter.
All it will do is make the queues a bit shorter and a bit fatter. speedy231278
  • Score: -5

4:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH says...

Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah!
Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah! ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH wrote:
Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah!
Probably so the lads get a higher rate due to the night shift!
[quote][p][bold]ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH[/bold] wrote: Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah![/p][/quote]Probably so the lads get a higher rate due to the night shift! speedy231278
  • Score: -6

5:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ShuttleX says...

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH wrote:
Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah!
Is there ever a good time to start 8 months of road works?
[quote][p][bold]ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH[/bold] wrote: Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah![/p][/quote]Is there ever a good time to start 8 months of road works? ShuttleX
  • Score: 13

6:56pm Mon 4 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Happy Hampshire Council.

Poor old Dorset have dual carriageways that end at bottlenecks and traffic jams.
Happy Hampshire Council. Poor old Dorset have dual carriageways that end at bottlenecks and traffic jams. BIGTONE
  • Score: 5

7:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

Are these road 'improvements' going to be the same sort we have lately been getting in Bournemouth and Poole?

In other words loads of new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, green cycle lanes all over the place and new low energy LED street lighting that just about illuminates it's own support post.........
Are these road 'improvements' going to be the same sort we have lately been getting in Bournemouth and Poole? In other words loads of new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, green cycle lanes all over the place and new low energy LED street lighting that just about illuminates it's own support post......... muscliffman
  • Score: -1

7:21pm Mon 4 Aug 14

alanrr says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Happy Hampshire Council.

Poor old Dorset have dual carriageways that end at bottlenecks and traffic jams.
poor old dorset has no motorways.....not 1 mile.............
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Happy Hampshire Council. Poor old Dorset have dual carriageways that end at bottlenecks and traffic jams.[/p][/quote]poor old dorset has no motorways.....not 1 mile............. alanrr
  • Score: 5

7:32pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Secada83 says...

Dorset is fu6ked really our local government don't give a toss about any of us it's just take take take no give we as a county need to take a stand it's a nightmare living round here these days no it's a beautiful place anymore ;) as was once sold to everyone years ago....
Dorset is fu6ked really our local government don't give a toss about any of us it's just take take take no give we as a county need to take a stand it's a nightmare living round here these days no it's a beautiful place anymore ;) as was once sold to everyone years ago.... Secada83
  • Score: -3

10:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Baysider says...

Secada83 wrote:
Dorset is fu6ked really our local government don't give a toss about any of us it's just take take take no give we as a county need to take a stand it's a nightmare living round here these days no it's a beautiful place anymore ;) as was once sold to everyone years ago....
Shut the door on your way out then...
[quote][p][bold]Secada83[/bold] wrote: Dorset is fu6ked really our local government don't give a toss about any of us it's just take take take no give we as a county need to take a stand it's a nightmare living round here these days no it's a beautiful place anymore ;) as was once sold to everyone years ago....[/p][/quote]Shut the door on your way out then... Baysider
  • Score: 2

10:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Baysider says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Happy Hampshire Council.

Poor old Dorset have dual carriageways that end at bottlenecks and traffic jams.
Councils do not look after motorways. Highways Agency have responsibility for them only ie central government.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Happy Hampshire Council. Poor old Dorset have dual carriageways that end at bottlenecks and traffic jams.[/p][/quote]Councils do not look after motorways. Highways Agency have responsibility for them only ie central government. Baysider
  • Score: 6

11:26pm Mon 4 Aug 14

sprintervanman says...

muscliffman wrote:
Are these road 'improvements' going to be the same sort we have lately been getting in Bournemouth and Poole?

In other words loads of new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, green cycle lanes all over the place and new low energy LED street lighting that just about illuminates it's own support post.........
Don't worry yourself with cycle lanes or pedestrian crossings.The clues in the article.....it's a Motorway.That's what the M is for :-)
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Are these road 'improvements' going to be the same sort we have lately been getting in Bournemouth and Poole? In other words loads of new traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, green cycle lanes all over the place and new low energy LED street lighting that just about illuminates it's own support post.........[/p][/quote]Don't worry yourself with cycle lanes or pedestrian crossings.The clues in the article.....it's a Motorway.That's what the M is for :-) sprintervanman
  • Score: 9

2:06am Tue 5 Aug 14

failte says...

why can they not work over night at castle lane
why can they not work over night at castle lane failte
  • Score: 3

9:06am Tue 5 Aug 14

Ms daisy says...

About time the highways agency did something to improve the traffic flow from West Moors to Corfe Mullen, this weekend has been awful with Ferndown like a car park Friday lunchtime with long queues of traffic to Canford Bottom all day Friday and Saturday until at least 6pm. Over the years I noticed it getting steadily worse.
About time the highways agency did something to improve the traffic flow from West Moors to Corfe Mullen, this weekend has been awful with Ferndown like a car park Friday lunchtime with long queues of traffic to Canford Bottom all day Friday and Saturday until at least 6pm. Over the years I noticed it getting steadily worse. Ms daisy
  • Score: 3

11:59am Tue 5 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH wrote:
Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah!
Four weeks to the end of the holidays, and one section not being started until after the boat show in September. Probably why it was delayed in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH[/bold] wrote: Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah![/p][/quote]Four weeks to the end of the holidays, and one section not being started until after the boat show in September. Probably why it was delayed in the first place. TheDistrict
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

spooki says...

Is it going to be like the unattended hole in Suffolk Road that's been there for at least three weeks?
Is it going to be like the unattended hole in Suffolk Road that's been there for at least three weeks? spooki
  • Score: 0

12:00am Wed 6 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

ShuttleX wrote:
ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH wrote:
Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah!
Is there ever a good time to start 8 months of road works?
Exactly, or they could do it when there are floods, snow, Christmas holidays, ice, short days (can you imagine how much it must cost to provide artificial light on this scale) at half term etc etc
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH[/bold] wrote: Perfect timing, the height of holiday season. Hazzah![/p][/quote]Is there ever a good time to start 8 months of road works?[/p][/quote]Exactly, or they could do it when there are floods, snow, Christmas holidays, ice, short days (can you imagine how much it must cost to provide artificial light on this scale) at half term etc etc scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

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