Major roadworks on M27 and M271 postponed for a month

Daily Echo: Multi-million pound motorway roadworks postponed Multi-million pound motorway roadworks postponed

MAJOR road works to reduce traffic on one of Hampshire’s busiest roads have been postponed by a month.

A multi-million pound makeover to junction three and junction five of the M27, taking eight months to complete, is due to begin this summer.

But the Highways Agency has put the start dates back as designs are yet to be finalised.

The £8m project at junction five at Eastleigh is now planned for July rather than June this year while the £2.3m project to improve junction three linking the M271 will start in August rather than July.

Completion of both projects was originally planned for the end of March 2015 leaving drivers facing months of delays.

The plans are expected to improve access to Southampton and help keep roads flowing when the planned development of 47,000 sq m of business space, a new supermarket distribution centre, a care home and 49 homes near the M271 has been completed.

Workers will widen the M27 eastbound slip road, Stoneham Way, Wide Lane to three lanes. Sections of the roundabout will also be widened and extra traffic lights will be put in, while an additional lane for drivers turning left from Wide Lane on to the eastbound M27 carriageway will be created.

Meanwhile, at junction three there will be a third lane on the slip road off the westbound carriageway of the M27 and both the northbound and southbound approaches to the motorway from the M271, as well as putting in additional traffic lights.

Workers will also replace the hard shoulder on the eastern side of the junction three roundabout with a third lane to ease traffic heading from Romsey or the eastbound carriageway of the M27 towards Southampton.

Southampton City Council roads chief Cllr Jacqui Rayment, said: “As long as the work goes ahead and they complete before the winter sets in, I don’t think a month will add too much difficulty.

“Disruption at any time is not good but this work is positive for the city.”

Diversions will be put in place while the junctions are closed overnight and some lanes on both the M27 and M271 will be closed during the day.

The work is part of the Government’s motorway £300m “pinch point” programme which aims to remove bottlenecks on the nation’s roads.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “The improvements to the pinch points at junctions three and five of the M27 will increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve safety helping to provide a boost to the Solent economy.

“We are currently finalising the design of the schemes with partners and our contractors and work on both schemes is due to start in the summer. Further details will be announced in due course.

“Whenever we plan improvements we always look to minimise disruption as much as possible and especially so when there are two schemes relatively close to each other on the same motorway.

“Because of this, we’ll work overnight when traffic flows are lowest and co-ordinate diversion routes with minimal lane closures in place during the day when we need more time to make the improvements.”

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6:58am Mon 2 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"!
Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"! sue1956
  • Score: 6

8:57am Mon 2 Jun 14

boilerman says...

The west bound traffic onto the M271 used to flow before they put traffic lights in.
Bring back the left hand lane onto the M271 having priority.
These road improvements involving more lights only seem to make things worse.
I don't know what other people think but when they did the work on the M27 to widen 6 yrs ago I thought the traffic flowed much better when there was a speed limit of 50 MPH as you didn't seem to get the drivers going fast then slow causing the traffic to bunch up.
The west bound traffic onto the M271 used to flow before they put traffic lights in. Bring back the left hand lane onto the M271 having priority. These road improvements involving more lights only seem to make things worse. I don't know what other people think but when they did the work on the M27 to widen 6 yrs ago I thought the traffic flowed much better when there was a speed limit of 50 MPH as you didn't seem to get the drivers going fast then slow causing the traffic to bunch up. boilerman
  • Score: 4

9:45am Mon 2 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

sue1956 wrote:
Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"!
You can define traffic in two ways, if you choose to define it as volume occupying space on a road per selected span of time then indeed this measure will reduce traffic.... if you define it as % time of road occupied by vehicles then it will not.... either is perfectly acceptable. You maybe need to brush up on your English.
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"![/p][/quote]You can define traffic in two ways, if you choose to define it as volume occupying space on a road per selected span of time then indeed this measure will reduce traffic.... if you define it as % time of road occupied by vehicles then it will not.... either is perfectly acceptable. You maybe need to brush up on your English. Jonny Maths
  • Score: -4

12:02pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

its not the roads to southampton that want sorting ! its the roads in southampton that are a mess
its not the roads to southampton that want sorting ! its the roads in southampton that are a mess mickey01
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

Jonny Maths wrote:
sue1956 wrote:
Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"!
You can define traffic in two ways, if you choose to define it as volume occupying space on a road per selected span of time then indeed this measure will reduce traffic.... if you define it as % time of road occupied by vehicles then it will not.... either is perfectly acceptable. You maybe need to brush up on your English.
Or maybe Sue isn't too bothered about scoring points from you. Just a thought
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"![/p][/quote]You can define traffic in two ways, if you choose to define it as volume occupying space on a road per selected span of time then indeed this measure will reduce traffic.... if you define it as % time of road occupied by vehicles then it will not.... either is perfectly acceptable. You maybe need to brush up on your English.[/p][/quote]Or maybe Sue isn't too bothered about scoring points from you. Just a thought Zexagon
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Mon 2 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Brilliant.

Delay the roadworks to make sure they coincide with the holiday period.
Brilliant. Delay the roadworks to make sure they coincide with the holiday period. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

Zexagon wrote:
Jonny Maths wrote:
sue1956 wrote:
Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"!
You can define traffic in two ways, if you choose to define it as volume occupying space on a road per selected span of time then indeed this measure will reduce traffic.... if you define it as % time of road occupied by vehicles then it will not.... either is perfectly acceptable. You maybe need to brush up on your English.
Or maybe Sue isn't too bothered about scoring points from you. Just a thought
Thanks mate. If both are perfectly acceptable, what's his point? Just a thought!
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Well done Daily Echo again. This will not "reduce traffic"![/p][/quote]You can define traffic in two ways, if you choose to define it as volume occupying space on a road per selected span of time then indeed this measure will reduce traffic.... if you define it as % time of road occupied by vehicles then it will not.... either is perfectly acceptable. You maybe need to brush up on your English.[/p][/quote]Or maybe Sue isn't too bothered about scoring points from you. Just a thought[/p][/quote]Thanks mate. If both are perfectly acceptable, what's his point? Just a thought! sue1956
  • Score: 0

3:43pm Mon 2 Jun 14

FreemantleJamez says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Brilliant.

Delay the roadworks to make sure they coincide with the holiday period.
the roadworks would have been taking place within the summer holiday period regardless.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. Delay the roadworks to make sure they coincide with the holiday period.[/p][/quote]the roadworks would have been taking place within the summer holiday period regardless. FreemantleJamez
  • Score: 1

5:47pm Mon 2 Jun 14

shirley whirley says...

I use M271 M27 everyday and quite welcome this to be done in the holidays. I only have to go to Eastleigh but school holidays knock a good 15 minutes off my journey. I would rather the disruption of road works being in a quieter period.
I use M271 M27 everyday and quite welcome this to be done in the holidays. I only have to go to Eastleigh but school holidays knock a good 15 minutes off my journey. I would rather the disruption of road works being in a quieter period. shirley whirley
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Mon 2 Jun 14

wknight says...

Instead of widening J5 again !!! spend the money on a park & ride like Portsmouth & Winchester to reduce the traffic going into Southampton as mentioned by another post.

Traffic will still get delayed by the traffic lights, where there are only 2 lanes and the traffic joining immediately after which slows the traffic because once you get onto Thomas Lewis Way it flows again
Instead of widening J5 again !!! spend the money on a park & ride like Portsmouth & Winchester to reduce the traffic going into Southampton as mentioned by another post. Traffic will still get delayed by the traffic lights, where there are only 2 lanes and the traffic joining immediately after which slows the traffic because once you get onto Thomas Lewis Way it flows again wknight
  • Score: 1

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