M27 closure: Here is how to avoid this weekend’s 60-mile diversion

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Drivers are facing serious diversions on the M27 this weekend - as part of the motorway is set to be closed for major roadworks. 

Closures will be in place between Junction 3 and Junction 5 from Friday (September 28) night to Monday (October 1) morning. 

Here is our suggested route if you are heading westbound on the M27 this weekend. Picture: Google Maps

Here is our suggested route if you are heading westbound on the M27 this weekend. Picture: Google Maps

With Highways England carrying out works to demolish the two Romsey Road bridges over the M27. 

And if motorists were to follow Highways England's official diversion, if heading westbound on the motorway, they would add 60-miles to their journey. 

Read More: M27 closure: Here is the full 60-mile diversion route drivers will face this weekend 

However The News are suggesting an alternative 15-mile diversion through Southampton if you are using the M27 this weekend. 

Highways England's suggested M27 westbound 60 mile diversion. Picture: Google Maps

Highways England's suggested M27 westbound 60 mile diversion. Picture: Google Maps

Here is our route Westbound

Leave the M27 at junction 7 for Hedge End, then take Thornhill Park Road, before following Bitterne Road West until you reach the A3024. 

Then follow Millbrook Road West to the roundabout before taking Redbridge Road. 

After this head on to the A336 and take this until you reach the A31, and then return onto the M27. 

M27 eastbound diversion via Romsey. Picture: Google Maps

M27 eastbound diversion via Romsey. Picture: Google Maps

Read More: M27 drivers to face 60-mile diversion when part of the motorway closes this week 

Here is Highways England’s official diversions: 

Eastbound

Traffic on the eastbound M27 will be diverted off the motorway and directed towards Romsey.

High-sided vehicles will be diverted along the A27 through North Baddersley to re-join the M27 at junction 5, avoiding the low bridges in Romsey.

Vehicles not exceeding the height limit will be diverted along the A3090 to the M3 just south of Winchester.

Westbound

The westbound M27 will be diverted via the M3, A34, A303, A345, A36 to re-join at junction 2.

The westbound diversion will also be signed from junction 8 on the M3 so that southbound M3 traffic can join the diversion route by using the A303.

There will also be a diversion route for the A3057 (Romsey Road) itself.

This work has been carefully planned and agreed with Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Hampshire Police and other stakeholders. 

While the motorway is shut, Highways England and its contractors will use the closure to carry out routine maintenance, such as vegetation clearance and drainage work.

When the A3057 reopens on Monday morning, there will be a single lane over the bridge, which will be traffic light controlled.