M27 upgrade costing £12.5m will be finished in time for holiday

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MOTORISTS looking to get away for the August bank holiday will benefit from work ending on two major improvements on the M27, which cost £12.5m.

The upgrades to junctions 3 and 5 are part of the government’s £317m pinch point programme on motorways and major trunk roads to be finished by 2015.

The government says they are part of the biggest programme of road enhancements since the 1970s and will reduce congestion, increase safety and improve journey times.

Roads minister Andrew Jones said: ‘Our investment in the M27 will make journeys better and less congested for working people.’

Highways England asset manager Philip Sheppard said: ‘It’s fitting that on the 40th anniversary of the opening of the first stretches of the M27, we are able to increase capacity on these two busy junctions.

‘This will allow the roundabouts to work more efficiently to reduce congestion and improve journey times. The widened approaches and new traffic signals will improve the flow of traffic for the thousands of drivers at both junctions.’

The westbound exit slip-road at junction 3 has been widened to three lanes, the eastern overbridge hard shoulder has been removed and the interchange has had signals put in.

The eastbound exit slip road at junction has been widened, plus extras and signals have been put in to the roundabout.