The ideal gift for a motorway in middle age? A resurfacing

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Happy 40th birthday to the M27!

I don’t know what the protocol is for trunk road milestone celebrations. Do you drop a ceremonial cake on the Tarmac? Drive along blowing party horn things with streamers attached to your car door handles?

A piece in The News on Friday said the western end of the motorway has had a £12.5m upgrade, reducing congestion at junctions five for the airport and three for the M271.

I hear it’s also going to be turned into a smart motorway, so people can drive on the hard shoulder in the congested bits which, to be fair, is almost all of it.

That’s not a bad gift for the motorway’s 40th, but why not replace the horrible concrete surface by the airport with a drop of asphalt?