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IMPROVEMENTS to major roads including the M27, A27 and A3 have been announced today.

They are included in a £15bn plan to triple levels of spending on roads by the end of the decade to increase the capacity and condition of roads around the country.

The M27 between junctions four and 11 will be upgraded to a ‘smart motorway’, meaning the hard shoulder will be used as an extra lane at peak times in the future.

Technology upgrades mean drivers will be told when they can use the hard shoulder to drive on at busy times.

The A27 will also be upgraded, with a new bypass at Arundel in West Sussex, and improvements on the A27 around the Chichester area.

The A3 at the Hog’s Back will also be improved.

The announcement was made today by transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, and chief secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander.

Mr McLoughlin said: ‘Today I am setting out the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades.

‘It will dramatically improve the network and unlock Britain’s economic potential. Roads are key to our nation’s prosperity.’