New M27 scheme will keep traffic moving

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WORK will start next week on a new scheme to help keep traffic moving in the event of a major accident on the M27.

The Highways Agency said a series of removable gates – or ‘crossing points’ – will be installed along the central reservation between junctions five, at Southampton Airport, and seven, near West End.

This means should one side of the motorway be closed for an incident, they can be opened up to allow traffic to use a contraflow on the other side.

Work on the scheme will begin on Tuesday and is expected to be complete in early March.

Surinder Bhangu, Highways Agency project manager, said: ‘These crossing points will allow a contraflow to be set up quickly and easily on the M27 between the junctions should one side of the road be closed because of an incident.

‘This will help keep traffic flowing and help to reduce delays on this section of the M27 when an incident occurs.’

The work is to be carried out in the day with lane closures in both directions.

The Highways Agency advised motorists to plan their journeys and allow extra time.