Motorway network that rose out of the harbour

The giant conveyor belt which moved chalk along the route of the M27 runs down the centre of what would become the motorway
The giant conveyor belt which moved chalk along the route of the M27 runs down the centre of what would become the motorway

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Further pictures today showing the construction of the M27 in 1974 as it cut a chalk swathe through Paulsgrove and what would become North Harbour.

We can see looking east with Southampton Road on the left of the frame and the houses with the lengthy gardens which stretched down to the old northern limit of Portsmouth Harbour before the land was reclaimed.

Thois 1974 picture come from the collection of Paulsgrove councillor and former lord mayor David Horne. Here we see Southampton Road and the houses (centre) which were replaced by Tesco. There's no sign of Port Solent. One of the IBM buildings (now the Lakeside home of The News) has sprouted and the Johnson & Johnson roundabout is taking shape.

Thois 1974 picture come from the collection of Paulsgrove councillor and former lord mayor David Horne. Here we see Southampton Road and the houses (centre) which were replaced by Tesco. There's no sign of Port Solent. One of the IBM buildings (now the Lakeside home of The News) has sprouted and the Johnson & Johnson roundabout is taking shape.

Those homes were demolished and replaced by the giant North Harbour Tesco.

And bottom right shows the future North Harbour taking shape.

The IBM building is under construction while the old Johnson & Johnson roundabout, half-way along Southampton Road, can be seen clearly.

On the right is the loop which would eventually bring traffic from Paulsgrove and Western Road on to the M27.