Major traffic hold ups on M27 and M3 after two crashes

TWO four-car pile ups cause motorway chaos

The M27 this morning

The M27 this morning

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TWO major crashes are causing rush hour chaos on Hampshire motorways today.

Both accidents involve four cars and are causing disruption on the M3 and the M27.

The first crash happend on the M3 northbound between junctions 14 and 13.

Emergency services were at the scene and the accident was cleared by 8.45am, but delays of up to an hours were still blighting the M27 and surrounding areas for traffic heading towards the M3.

Crews from Redbridge, St Mary’s and Eastleigh, fire stations used specialist cutting equipment to free a woman in her 60s from one of the cars.

She was taken to Southampton General Hospital with suspected neck and back injuries.

The second accident causing tailbacks was on the M27 at Fareham after four cars collided shortly after 7.30am.

It happened between junctions 10 and 11 eastbound.

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9:23am Mon 13 Jan 14

The irate commuter says...

Gotta say it must be safer to drive through Helmand Provience than this stretch of the M3.

Would rather take my chances with the Talaban than the idiots that drive on this road !!!!
Gotta say it must be safer to drive through Helmand Provience than this stretch of the M3. Would rather take my chances with the Talaban than the idiots that drive on this road !!!! The irate commuter
  • Score: 18

9:34am Mon 13 Jan 14

chapelsaint says...

Concerning the M3 incident ,for years we have been reading about this M3 ,M27, A33 interchange, almost on a daily basis. The obvious reason is the lack of distance between the three roads joining and the exit to Eastleigh. This, coupled with the speed of most vehicles, does not give time for the amount of "cross lane" and filtering actions that take place, usually at 70 or so mph. Obviously no changes to the road lay-out can take place at this time, but an enforceable speed limit to perhaps 50 mph could help.
Concerning the M3 incident ,for years we have been reading about this M3 ,M27, A33 interchange, almost on a daily basis. The obvious reason is the lack of distance between the three roads joining and the exit to Eastleigh. This, coupled with the speed of most vehicles, does not give time for the amount of "cross lane" and filtering actions that take place, usually at 70 or so mph. Obviously no changes to the road lay-out can take place at this time, but an enforceable speed limit to perhaps 50 mph could help. chapelsaint
  • Score: 24

9:35am Mon 13 Jan 14

MPOV says...

Same old story - too fast, too close, lack of attention paid. When will people learn?
Same old story - too fast, too close, lack of attention paid. When will people learn? MPOV
  • Score: 14

9:46am Mon 13 Jan 14

MPOV says...

chapelsaint wrote:
Concerning the M3 incident ,for years we have been reading about this M3 ,M27, A33 interchange, almost on a daily basis. The obvious reason is the lack of distance between the three roads joining and the exit to Eastleigh. This, coupled with the speed of most vehicles, does not give time for the amount of "cross lane" and filtering actions that take place, usually at 70 or so mph. Obviously no changes to the road lay-out can take place at this time, but an enforceable speed limit to perhaps 50 mph could help.
There is plenty of room, part of the problem is that people don't leave enough space between themselves and they rush to change lane when they don't need to. Lane 2 from the M27 eastbound link on to the northbound M3 goes straight ahead and no lane change is necessary. People get impatient and start undertaking making it difficult for those moving across to the off slip to do so. Coming from the east to the north, you can stay out on the right until a gap appears. It's the driver's, not the road.
[quote][p][bold]chapelsaint[/bold] wrote: Concerning the M3 incident ,for years we have been reading about this M3 ,M27, A33 interchange, almost on a daily basis. The obvious reason is the lack of distance between the three roads joining and the exit to Eastleigh. This, coupled with the speed of most vehicles, does not give time for the amount of "cross lane" and filtering actions that take place, usually at 70 or so mph. Obviously no changes to the road lay-out can take place at this time, but an enforceable speed limit to perhaps 50 mph could help.[/p][/quote]There is plenty of room, part of the problem is that people don't leave enough space between themselves and they rush to change lane when they don't need to. Lane 2 from the M27 eastbound link on to the northbound M3 goes straight ahead and no lane change is necessary. People get impatient and start undertaking making it difficult for those moving across to the off slip to do so. Coming from the east to the north, you can stay out on the right until a gap appears. It's the driver's, not the road. MPOV
  • Score: 13

10:18am Mon 13 Jan 14

stillhere says...

Not great to be delayed but grateful to arrive safely.
Thanks to emergency services who must have been stretched this morning. It was good to see Hampshire's traffic police operating in Hampshire for the benefit of Hampshire's residents and council tax payers.
Not great to be delayed but grateful to arrive safely. Thanks to emergency services who must have been stretched this morning. It was good to see Hampshire's traffic police operating in Hampshire for the benefit of Hampshire's residents and council tax payers. stillhere
  • Score: 7

10:35am Mon 13 Jan 14

Crazywolf says...

MPOV wrote:
chapelsaint wrote:
Concerning the M3 incident ,for years we have been reading about this M3 ,M27, A33 interchange, almost on a daily basis. The obvious reason is the lack of distance between the three roads joining and the exit to Eastleigh. This, coupled with the speed of most vehicles, does not give time for the amount of "cross lane" and filtering actions that take place, usually at 70 or so mph. Obviously no changes to the road lay-out can take place at this time, but an enforceable speed limit to perhaps 50 mph could help.
There is plenty of room, part of the problem is that people don't leave enough space between themselves and they rush to change lane when they don't need to. Lane 2 from the M27 eastbound link on to the northbound M3 goes straight ahead and no lane change is necessary. People get impatient and start undertaking making it difficult for those moving across to the off slip to do so. Coming from the east to the north, you can stay out on the right until a gap appears. It's the driver's, not the road.
It is the drivers fault but if they won't take the required care at the current speed limit maybe, just maybe, a lowered and enforced speed limit, like the M25/M3 junction, might force them to be more careful?
[quote][p][bold]MPOV[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chapelsaint[/bold] wrote: Concerning the M3 incident ,for years we have been reading about this M3 ,M27, A33 interchange, almost on a daily basis. The obvious reason is the lack of distance between the three roads joining and the exit to Eastleigh. This, coupled with the speed of most vehicles, does not give time for the amount of "cross lane" and filtering actions that take place, usually at 70 or so mph. Obviously no changes to the road lay-out can take place at this time, but an enforceable speed limit to perhaps 50 mph could help.[/p][/quote]There is plenty of room, part of the problem is that people don't leave enough space between themselves and they rush to change lane when they don't need to. Lane 2 from the M27 eastbound link on to the northbound M3 goes straight ahead and no lane change is necessary. People get impatient and start undertaking making it difficult for those moving across to the off slip to do so. Coming from the east to the north, you can stay out on the right until a gap appears. It's the driver's, not the road.[/p][/quote]It is the drivers fault but if they won't take the required care at the current speed limit maybe, just maybe, a lowered and enforced speed limit, like the M25/M3 junction, might force them to be more careful? Crazywolf
  • Score: 2

10:39am Mon 13 Jan 14

Dave Of The South says...

Yep, people go too darn fast. Late for work & go foot down. I've been travelling in cars (not driven by me) @ 75mph & been OVERTAKEN by dumbos who think they can drive at 80mph plus in a "get out of my way attitude". Police MUST enforce speed limits. You have cameras - they will save lives - use them. No excuse to break speed limits. SIMPLES!
Yep, people go too darn fast. Late for work & go foot down. I've been travelling in cars (not driven by me) @ 75mph & been OVERTAKEN by dumbos who think they can drive at 80mph plus in a "get out of my way attitude". Police MUST enforce speed limits. You have cameras - they will save lives - use them. No excuse to break speed limits. SIMPLES! Dave Of The South
  • Score: -4

11:36am Mon 13 Jan 14

MPOV says...

Dave Of The South wrote:
Yep, people go too darn fast. Late for work & go foot down. I've been travelling in cars (not driven by me) @ 75mph & been OVERTAKEN by dumbos who think they can drive at 80mph plus in a "get out of my way attitude". Police MUST enforce speed limits. You have cameras - they will save lives - use them. No excuse to break speed limits. SIMPLES!
Cameras do slow people down at trouble spots. Police can give out fines for careless or inconsiderate driving now (i.e. lane hogging, undertaking). £100 #focusthemind!
[quote][p][bold]Dave Of The South[/bold] wrote: Yep, people go too darn fast. Late for work & go foot down. I've been travelling in cars (not driven by me) @ 75mph & been OVERTAKEN by dumbos who think they can drive at 80mph plus in a "get out of my way attitude". Police MUST enforce speed limits. You have cameras - they will save lives - use them. No excuse to break speed limits. SIMPLES![/p][/quote]Cameras do slow people down at trouble spots. Police can give out fines for careless or inconsiderate driving now (i.e. lane hogging, undertaking). £100 #focusthemind! MPOV
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

At the risk of inviting a plethora of invective.

I'm a little concerned at the photos being published here that are obviously taken by a driver at the scene & in a moving vehicle.

I'm not sure the Echo should encourage this by publishing them.
At the risk of inviting a plethora of invective. I'm a little concerned at the photos being published here that are obviously taken by a driver at the scene & in a moving vehicle. I'm not sure the Echo should encourage this by publishing them. Hampshire Corn and Bread
  • Score: 4

4:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Nod says...

I'll echo the calls for a average speed camera 50 mph limit on this junction. The problem is the fast lane from the Eastbound M27 coming alongside the slow lane from the Westbound M27 and the Avenue.

You see the odd nervous driver coming from the Westbound M27 / Avenue trying to get to Eastleigh South and you've got the Juxta Position of a potential 90 mph against someone doing 60.

an enforced 50 would definitely stop accidents and injuries.
I'll echo the calls for a average speed camera 50 mph limit on this junction. The problem is the fast lane from the Eastbound M27 coming alongside the slow lane from the Westbound M27 and the Avenue. You see the odd nervous driver coming from the Westbound M27 / Avenue trying to get to Eastleigh South and you've got the Juxta Position of a potential 90 mph against someone doing 60. an enforced 50 would definitely stop accidents and injuries. Nod
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Mon 13 Jan 14

nigel.jones says...

As above it's lack of attention and consideration by drivers that is the biggest factor, however I do see some value in the speed restriction, especially if it was enforceble and traffic dependent.

Out of rush hour it may well be just fine without any speed restrictions -- there's plenty of space, but as the traffic gets more dense reduce the speed limit to even out the flow and provide a little more margin for the lane changes. - M25 style

I'm not a fan of speed cameras for the sake of if for sure, but in specific circumstances they can help
As above it's lack of attention and consideration by drivers that is the biggest factor, however I do see some value in the speed restriction, especially if it was enforceble and traffic dependent. Out of rush hour it may well be just fine without any speed restrictions -- there's plenty of space, but as the traffic gets more dense reduce the speed limit to even out the flow and provide a little more margin for the lane changes. - M25 style I'm not a fan of speed cameras for the sake of if for sure, but in specific circumstances they can help nigel.jones
  • Score: 1

12:24am Tue 14 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Nod wrote:
I'll echo the calls for a average speed camera 50 mph limit on this junction. The problem is the fast lane from the Eastbound M27 coming alongside the slow lane from the Westbound M27 and the Avenue.

You see the odd nervous driver coming from the Westbound M27 / Avenue trying to get to Eastleigh South and you've got the Juxta Position of a potential 90 mph against someone doing 60.

an enforced 50 would definitely stop accidents and injuries.
They should have brought the East to North M27 / M3 slip, in on a flyover at this junction,although admittedly there is little room to then join the M3 northbound from the left hand side,but only because of the Leigh Rd slip to Eastleigh,which was an afterthought,and not originally planned to be built.
[quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: I'll echo the calls for a average speed camera 50 mph limit on this junction. The problem is the fast lane from the Eastbound M27 coming alongside the slow lane from the Westbound M27 and the Avenue. You see the odd nervous driver coming from the Westbound M27 / Avenue trying to get to Eastleigh South and you've got the Juxta Position of a potential 90 mph against someone doing 60. an enforced 50 would definitely stop accidents and injuries.[/p][/quote]They should have brought the East to North M27 / M3 slip, in on a flyover at this junction,although admittedly there is little room to then join the M3 northbound from the left hand side,but only because of the Leigh Rd slip to Eastleigh,which was an afterthought,and not originally planned to be built. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

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