Fareham MP calls on Chancellor to deliver million in funding for M27

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AN MP has called for millions of pounds worth of funding to be brought forward for urgent improvements on the M27.

Suella Fernandes, the MP for Fareham, met Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor for the Exchequer, to call for the cash boost in order to improve journeys along the congested route.

She has called on Mr Hammond to guarantee funding for the long-awaiting Stubbington Bypass and for him to bring forward cash to improve Junction 9 and Junction 10.

Works to make Junction 10 accessible both eastbound and westbound currently has a shortfall of £20m with Highways England promising £15m to the project.

Miss Fernandes is also calling for £7m to be provided for improvements on Junction 9.

She said: ‘Congestion on our roads has been a problem for far too long.

‘I met the Prime Minister recently to highlight the problems facing commuters on the M27 and for funding for the Stubbington Bypass.

‘At Junction 9, works are urgently needed, including lane widening and new access roads.

‘I urged the Chancellor to commit full funding for these improvements in the Autumn Statement.

‘These works are vital for the Solent area – they will alleviate congestion, shorten journey times and boost productivity.’

Mr Hammond will deliver his Autumn Statement on November 23 where it is hoped that at least the Stubbington Bypass will be awarded £25.7m in funding.