Stunning photos show the long path to constructing the M27

Thousands of us use the M27 on a daily basis to travel along the south coast.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:57 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:57 pm
Not a moonscape but the M27 under construction. Looking west into the distance is the M27 from Hilsea roundabout  into the distant Portchester. Picture: Tony Triggs collection.
Not a moonscape but the M27 under construction. Looking west into the distance is the M27 from Hilsea roundabout into the distant Portchester. Picture: Tony Triggs collection.

The motorway was opened in stages between 1975 and 1983, and these photos from our archive show what the route looked like both before and during construction.

A couple police cars drive up the empty M27 in September 1975 Picture: The News PP4966
Looking west from the M275 here we see the M27 just before opening.

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Early construction of the M27 (undated). Picture: The News PP3722
The north-western corner of Portsmouth taken in 1973 when the M275 and the M27 were being built showing Horsea Island now connected to the mainland.
Construction of the bridge along the M27 on April 12, 1973. Picture: The News PP3720
The new M27 in September 1975. Picture: The News PP869
The fledgling Portsbridge roundabout with the M27 flyover under construction.
Empty stretch of the new M27 in April 1983. Picture: PP3719
Not a moonscape but the M27 under construction. Looking west into the distance is the M27 from Hilsea roundabout into the distant Portchester. Picture: Tony Triggs collection.