M27 closure: Here is how to avoid this weekend'sÂ 60-mile diversion
Drivers are facing serious diversions on the M27 this weekend - as part of the motorway is set to be closed for major roadworks.Â
Closures will be in place between Junction 3 and Junction 5Â from Friday (September 28) night to Monday (October 1) morning.Â
With Highways England carrying out works to demolish the two Romsey Road bridges over the M27.Â
And if motorists were to follow Highways England's official diversion, if heading westbound on the motorway, they would add 60-miles to their journey.Â
However The News are suggesting an alternative 15-mile diversion through Southampton if you are using the M27 this weekend.Â
Here is our route Westbound
Leave the M27 at junction 7 for Hedge End, then takeÂ Thornhill Park Road, before followingÂ Bitterne Road West until you reach the A3024.Â
Then follow Millbrook Road West to the roundabout before takingÂ Redbridge Road.Â
After this head on to the A336 and take this until you reach the A31, and then return onto the M27.Â
Here is Highways England's official diversions:Â
TrafficÂ on the eastbound M27 will be diverted off the motorway and directed towards Romsey.
High-sided vehicles will be diverted along the A27 through North Baddersley to re-join the M27 at junction 5, avoiding the low bridges in Romsey.
VehiclesÂ not exceeding the height limit will be diverted along the A3090 to the M3 just south of Winchester.
The westbound M27 will be diverted via theÂ M3, A34, A303, A345, A36 to re-join at junction 2.
The westbound diversion will also be signed from junction 8 on the M3 so that southbound M3 traffic can join the diversion route by using the A303.
There will also be a diversion route for the A3057 (Romsey Road) itself.
This work has been carefully planned and agreed with Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Hampshire Police and other stakeholders.Â
While the motorway is shut,Â HighwaysÂ England and its contractors will use the closure to carry out routine maintenance, such as vegetation clearance and drainage work.
When the A3057 reopens on Monday morning, there will be a single lane over the bridge, which will be traffic light controlled.