PART of the M27 will be closed every night this week – months after work on the same stretch of motorway caused chaos.

As reported, drivers were diverted off the carriageway on June 29 and 30 this year – at that point one of the sunniest weekends of the year – when the motorway closed between junctions 3 and 4 for Highways England's work on Romsey Road Bridge.

The closure caused huge tailbacks, with some drivers claiming it took them two-and-a-half hours to travel just four miles. However, work was quickly completed, meaning the road reopened 36 hours early, much to the relief of those heading to Dorset to enjoy the weather.

However, this week the same stretch will be closed between junction three for Southampton city centre and junction four for the M3 between 9pm until 6am.

A signed diversion route will be in place, with motorists advised to take the A3057 and the A27.

Engineers have spent months working on a project to replace the Romsey Road bridge over the M27 near Southampton. They then began to connect the new bridge to the existing A3057, which crosses the motorway.

A final weekend closure is due to take take place towards the end of the year to enable engineers to demolish the final part of the old bridge.