Original plan for the M27 has modern shortcomings

In May 1976, less than a year after the M27's completion, two men walk on the hard shoulder
In May 1976, less than a year after the M27's completion, two men walk on the hard shoulder
THEN:  An Edwardian scene in Somers Road, Southsea, looking north. Pains Road is on the right. Picture: Barry Cox Collection.

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Yesterday marked 40 years since the first section of the M27 was opened to motorists .

ugust 1975 saw the completion of junctions one to two from Minstead, Lyndhurst and Copythorne to Totton, followed by the opening of junctions two to four in December the same year.

Following on from this, the coming decade was to see 28 miles of the road completed in stages.

First to be completed was the road west of Southampton, followed by the Portsmouth section.

The idea of a south coast motorway was first born in the 1930s.

The original plan was that it should run from Kent to Cornwall, but this was scuppered when the funding ran out.

As a result, the road which we know and use today is much shorter than planned back when the idea was first discussed.