A HAMPSHIRE motorway has fully reopened after days of delays due to emergency repairs to a railway bridge. 

On Thursday motorists faced 85 minute delays as traffic was held on the M3 at Junction 11. 

It was later revealed by National Highways that this was due to a major defect at Shawford Railway Bridge which crosses the road between Chandler's Ford and Winchester

Emergency repairs began meaning that two of three northbound lanes would remain closed for days afterwards. 

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But now it has been announced that the road has reopened to traffic again after the works. 

As previously reported, the works had been planned for completion by 6am this morning. 

It comes after a full closure of the M3 northbound was put in place between the slip roads at junction 11 last night at about 9pm. 

Rob Bell, South East Network Operations Manager for National Highways, thanked motorists for their patience whilst repairs took place. 

He added: "The defect was identified during a routine inspection of the bridge and for your safety we established the defect posed a risk to the travelling public so took immediate steps to close the lanes affected."

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