DELAYS are expected this week as work continues on Hampshire's two busiest motorways.

Workers will be taking action on both the M27 and M3, and traffic is likely to build.

Several closures are planned and drivers are being urged to check their routes before leaving.

We have rounded up the closures in detail below:

M27 - what you need to know

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Those who use the M27 daily should aim to leave a bit earlier this week.

On Tuesday (November 2), the link road from the eastbound carriageway to the M3 northbound will be shut from 9pm to 6am the following morning.

The westbound carriageway between Junction 8 to Junction 7 is also planned to close overnight from Tuesday until Saturday (November 7). This will also be between 9pm until 6am on those days.

On Wednesday (November 3), the Junction 9 eastbound slip road will be closed from 9pm until 6am.

Eastbound will be closed from Junction 9 to Junction 11 overnight on Thursday and Friday (November 4 and 5).

Sunday (November 7) will see a number of closures on the M27.

The westbound carriageway will be shut from Junction 5 to Junction 4. The eastbound side will shut from Junction 4 to Junction 7.

A stretch between Junction 11 and 9 will also be closed on the westbound carriageway.

All closures will be in place from 9pm until 6am the following morning.

M3 - what you need to know

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M3 commuters will be relieved to hear that there are not many closures this week.

On Wednesday, the northbound Junction 11 entry and exit slip roads will be closed from 9pm until 6am.

Junction 9's southbound entry slip road will also be closed at the same time.

Why is this work being completed?

The M27 is to become a smart motorway, which is a route that uses traffic management methods to increase capacity and reduce congestion in particularly busy areas.

These methods include using the hard shoulder as a running lane and using variable speed limits to control the flow of traffic.

Highways England developed smart motorways to manage traffic in a way that minimises environmental impact, cost and time to construct by avoiding the need to build additional lanes.

The M27 scheme has been branded controversial and has also been plagued with delays.