Drivers told to be ready for delays as the Olympic Torch comes to Hampshire

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MOTORISTS are being warned to plan their journeys carefully when the Olympic torch relay comes to the region this weekend.

The torch will spend the night in Southampton on July 14, before heading to Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth, where it will spend the night on July 15.

Road users may find the Olympic torch in a police-led motorised convoy on the strategic road network and they should also be aware that several of the relay stages may affect journeys close to motorways and major trunk roads.

The Highways Agency is suggesting drivers familiarise themselves with the Olympic torch relay timetable and expect delays.

Jon Griffiths, Highways Agency regional director for the south east, said: ‘Road users who are planning to use routes in central southern England near relay venues can help us to help them by planning their journey in advance and leaving extra time to complete journeys.

‘Where appropriate we will use our electronic message signs to give drivers information about any diversions and delays, and provide up-to-the-minute information about traffic conditions on the motorways and other major roads we manage using local radio.’

Roads affected include the M27 and M275, on Sunday and the M275, A3(M) and A27 on Monday morning.

The route can be checked online at