M27 Junction 3 Improvements
Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)
What is happening?
We will be carrying out work to improve the interchange where the M271 junction 2 meets the M27 at junction 3. This will include:
• widening of the M27 westbound exit slip-road to three lanes;
• widening of the M271 northbound and southbound approaches to the interchange to three lanes;
• removal of the eastern overbridge hard shoulder to allow three lanes; and
• full signalisation of the interchange.
These works are part of the national Pinch Point Programme. The Pinch Point Programme forms part of the UK Government's growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.
When and where is this happening?
The main construction work is scheduled to start in September 2014 will be completed by the end of March 2015.
The scheme is located at junction 3 of the M27, to the north-west of Southampton.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
The M27 junction 3 is a major route into Southampton and the Docks. The junction currently suffers from significant congestion on both the northbound and southbound approaches of the M271 and the M27 westbound exit slip-road during peak periods.
This congestion and delay has a detrimental impact upon current economic activity, and will continue to restrict and discourage economic opportunities and the potential for growth within the surrounding area..
The works will cost approximately £2.3 million.
How will the scheme be carried out?
The work will be carried out during both night and day shifts. There will be overnight closures of sections of the interchange, with signed diversion routes, to allow work to be carried out safely. During the day, there will be speed restrictions and narrow lanes at the interchange.
What are the benefits?
As part of the Pinch Point Programme, this scheme aims to:
- help to reduce daily congestion, particularly during peak hours
- reduce journey times for the travelling public
- boost the economic growth of the area
- improve safety at the motorway interchange
How do I find out more information ?
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If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.
Will there be roadworks?
Roadworks will be needed to carry out this scheme safely and efficiently. Due to the scale and location of the works, delays are expected during the construction period and we advise that you allow extra time for your journey.
We recommend that you avoid this route during the construction period if possible.
How will you manage traffic?
It is anticipated that the work will require lane closures on the M27 and the M271 as well as on the slips-roads during the works period. Confirmed details of the traffic management arrangements will be published nearer to the start of works.
Will there be diversions?
There may be overnight closures of the junction to allow resurfacing works to take place; if so then clearly signed diversion routes will be in place. Confirmed details of any diversions will be published nearer to the start of works.