M27 closure: When will it start and when is the motorway due to be closed until?

MOTORISTS are facing a huge 55-mile diversion this weekend as the M27 is set to be partly closed.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 10:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 11:14 am

It is the third and final time that the motorway will be shut between junction 3 and junction 4 as part of the Romsey Road bridge replacement scheme.

Drivers will once again face a 55-mile diversion route as Highways England finish the final stage of the £19 million project.

There are diversion routes in place for eastbound and westbound traffic throughout the coming weekend.

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The westbound diversion route during the Romsey bridge M27 closure. Picture: Highways England

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It was previously closed for a weekend in September 2018 and again in June 2019.

Here’s what you need to know:

Where is the M27 shut between?

It will be closed in both directions between junction 3 and junction 4 – between Southampton and Romsey.

When does the closure start?

The M27 will be shut from 9pm on Friday.

When is it due to reopen?

Highways England have said that it will be closed until 6am on Monday, February 3.

However, the two previous times that the motorway was shut over the weekend work finished ahead of schedule, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements.

We will bring you updates on when the M27 will reopen over the weekend, so continue to check back on The News’ website.

What work is being done?

For the final weekend closure, Highways England will be demolishing the old Romsey Road bridge and the motorway has to be shut to allow this to happen safely.

The new bridge was opened to vehicles and pedestrians in December 2019.