Work begins on M27 in a £317m bid to beat congestion

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WORK has started on the second of two major improvements on the M27 in a bid to tackle traffic jams.

The upgrade to Junction 3, near Southampton, is part of a £317m government programme on motorways and major trunk roads to ease traffic congestion.

This, along with the upgrade to Junction 5 which started in August, is part of the biggest programme of road enhancements since the 1970s and is aimed at reducing congestion, increasing safety and shortening journey times.

The improvements at both junctions will see additional lanes added on some approach roads and sections of the roundabouts as well as new traffic signals to increase capacity.

The work will involve narrow lanes with reduced speed limits and overnight closures and is due to be completed, weather permitting, by spring 2015.

Highways Agency project sponsor Ed French said: ‘The additional capacity on these two busy junctions will allow the roundabouts to work more efficiently to reduce congestion and improve journey times. We will widen certain approaches and install new traffic signals to improve the flow of traffic for the thousands of drivers at both junctions.

‘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.’