Press release

Advice to drivers planning to use the M3 during the Rugby World Cup

Drivers using the M3 during the Rugby World Cup are being advised by Highways England to plan their journeys.

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Roads around Twickenham stadium are likely to be especially busy on match days. People travelling to Rugby World Cup events are advised to check advice from the tournament’s organisers as special travel arrangements are in place for world cup fixtures.

Drivers on the M3 not travelling to the rugby are advised that the A316, which the M3 runs onto, will be closed at the Hospital Bridge junction and the A316 from the M3 will be for Rugby World Cup traffic and local access only. Drivers heading for London are advised to consider the using the M25 and the M4 instead of the M3.

Steve Bush from Highways England’s events planning team said:

Highways England is working collaboratively with the event organisers and Transport for London to ensure the smooth running of our road network when planned closures are in place.

While there are no closures on our network around Twickenham, the A316, which the M3 runs onto, will be closed. We advise drivers to plan their journey and if heading into central London consider using the M4 instead of the M3.

Normal parking facilities at Twickenham Stadium have been suspended for all World Cup fixtures, so we encourage fans to plan their journeys using advice from the organisers.

Twickenham will host the opening ceremony and first match this Friday (18 September) at 8pm with the Rugby World Cup final taking place on Saturday 31 October at 4pm, also at Twickenham.

The A316 will be closed at different times throughout the other Rugby World Cup fixtures being held at Twickenham, which are:

  • Saturday 19 September, France v Italy, kick off at 8pm
  • Saturday 26 September, England v Wales, kick off at 8pm
  • Saturday 3 October, England v Australia, kick off at 8pm
  • Saturday 10 October, Australia v Wales kick off at 4.45pm
  • Saturday 17 October, 17 Pool B v Pool A quarter final, kick off at 4pm
  • Sunday 18 October, Pool A v Pool B quarter final, kick off at 4pm
  • Saturday 24 October, Semi-final 1, kick off at 4pm
  • Sunday 25 October, Semi-final 2, kick off at 4pm

For more information about the closures, you can visit the TfL website.

For more information about the tournament, you can visit the Rugby World Cup website.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 15 September 2015