Press release

Planned roadworks in Central Southern England: weekly summary for Monday 13 July to Sunday 19 July 2015

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 10 July 2015 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

M3 junctions 2 Thorpe to 4a Farnborough: smart motorway improvement

Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times is taking place, with narrow lanes, a contra-flow and a 50mph speed limit in place on both carriageways between junctions 2 and 4a, with a free recovery service operating 24 hours a day until the end of 2016.

The northbound carriageway between junctions 4a and 3 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 5.30am on Monday to Thursdays, and between 10pm and 6am on Fridays, from Monday 13 July to the end of July. It may also be closed between 9pm and 6am on Saturdays and 10pm and 5.30am on Sundays depending on progress during the week, these will be publicised by signs on the road in advance. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A30 London Road.

For further details of this scheme visit the road project pages.

M3 junction 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: Black Dam improvement

Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times across the Black Dam roundabout near Basingstoke continues this week. Narrow lanes, a 30mph speed limit and off-peak lane closures will be in place on the approaches and around the roundabout until autumn 2015.

The A339 will be closed from the Black Dam roundabout and the Eastrop roundabout overnight, between 9pm and 5.30am, southbound from Monday 13 July for 4 nights, and northbound from Friday 16 July for 3 consecutive nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A30 Ringway South and A3010 Churchill Way.

For more information visit the road project pages.

M3 junctions 6 to 8 Basingstoke, Hampshire: bridge re-waterproofing

Work to improve safety by replacing bridge waterproof membranes and expansion joints begins this week. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on both carriageways between junctions 6 and 8 until mid-December 2015.

The northbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 7 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 13 July for 5 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junctions 6 and the A30. For more information visit the road project pages.

M4 junctions 5 Slough to 7 Maidenhead, Berkshire: street lighting

Work to improve visibility by maintaining the street lighting near Slough continues this week. Lane closures will be in place in both directions overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Wednesday 22 July (Monday to Friday only).

M4 junctions 8/9 Maidenhead to 10 Wokingham, Berkshire: resurfacing and road marking renewal

Work to improve safety by resurfacing sections of the eastbound carriageway near Maidenhead continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the eastbound carriageway overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Friday 31 July (Monday to Friday only).

M4 junction 10 Wokingham, Berkshire: junction improvement

Work to ease congestion by widening the slip roads and remarking lanes at the junction continues this week. 24 hour narrow lanes are in place on the links joining the A329(M) in both directions. In addition, lane closures will be in place on the link roads overnight, between 9pm and 6am (Monday to Friday only).

The eastbound exit slip road will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am, for 5 nights from Wednesday 15 July (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 11. The work is due to be completed in early September.

For further details on this scheme visit the road project pages.

M4 junctions 11 to 12 Reading, Berkshire: railway bridge repair

Work to maintain safety by replacing the joint and waterproofing material on the Mortimer Line Railway Bridge continues this week. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are in place 24/7 on both carriageways, with lane closures in place overnight, between 9pm and 6am (Monday to Friday only). Work is due to be completed in September.

M4 junctions 13 Chieveley to 14 Hungerford, West Berkshire: bridge repair

Work to maintain safety and improve journeys by replacing bridge joints and beams at the Chieveley Interchange and Welford Viaduct continues this week.

The sections of the roundabout directly beneath the M4 at junction 13 and the A34 north and southbound approach roads at the junction will be closed from 9pm on Friday 17 July through to 5.30am on Monday 20 July. Clearly signed diversions will be in place primarily along the A4. Access to the Moto service area will be maintained from the M4 westbound exit slip road and diversions through Newbury and Donnington.

In addition, 24 hour narrow lanes, a contraflow and a 50mph speed limit are in place on both carriageways between junction 13 and junction 14.

Work is due to be completed in September.

For further details of this scheme visit the road project pages.

M4 junctions 14 Hungerford, West Berkshire to 15 Swindon, Wiltshire: drainage

Work to improve safety by maintaining the drainage along the M4 between Hungerford and Swindon continues this week. Lane closures are in place in both directions overnight between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 13 July for 5 nights.

M27 junction 3 Nursling, Hampshire: junction improvement

Work to improve journeys and reduce congestion continues this week. The westbound exit and entry slip roads, the M271 southbound (between the A3057 Romsey Road roundabout and junction 3 of the M27) and the M271 northbound (between M271 junction 1 and M27 junction 3) will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 4am, from Monday 13 July for 15 nights (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 2. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will remain in place until early August.

For further details of this scheme visit the road project pages.

M27 junction 5 Eastleigh, Hampshire: junction improvement

Work to improve journeys and reduce congestion on the northern side of the junction 5 roundabout is continuing this week. The eastbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Monday 13 July for 10 nights (Monday to Friday only). Clearly signed diversions will be in place via junctions 7 and 2.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit will remain in place until completion in late July. For further details about this scheme visit the road project pages.

A3 Berelands to Weston, Hampshire: carriageway resurfacing

Work to improve safety by resurfacing sections of the A3 southbound carriageway in Hampshire takes place this week. The carriageway will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 6 July for 5 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A272 and B2070.

A3(M) junction 2 Hazleton to junction 5 Bedhampton, Hampshire: road marking renewal

Work to maintain safety by renewing road markings on the northbound A3(M) carriageway continues this week. The carriageway between junctions 5 and 2 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 13 July for 3 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the B2177 and B2149.

A31 Cadnam to Ashley Heath, Hampshire: carriageway resurfacing

Work to improve road user safety by resurfacing sections of the A31 carriageway between Cadnam and Ashley Heath takes place this week. The westbound carriageway will be closed between M27 junction 2 at Ower and Ringwood overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Monday 13 July for 4 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A326, A35 and A338.

A34 Whitchurch to Bullington, Hampshire: sign maintenance

Work to improve information for drivers by renewing road signs along the A34 southbound carriageway between Whitchurch and Bullington continues this week. A lane closure will be in place on the southbound carriageway overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Friday 24 July (Monday to Friday only).

A34 Chieveley, West Berkshire: drainage and bridge repair

Work to maintain road user safety by carrying out drainage maintenance at the Chieveley Interchange continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the A34 north and southbound approaches to the roundabout overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Friday 24 July (Monday to Friday only). In addition, sections of the roundabout directly beneath the M4 at junction 13 and the A34 north and southbound approach roads at the junction will be closed from 9pm on Friday 17 July through to 5.30am on Monday 20 July. Clearly signed diversions will be in place primarily along the A4. Access to the Moto service area will be maintained from the M4 westbound exit slip road and diversions through Newbury and Donnington.

For further details on this scheme visit the road project pages.

A34 Chilton to Milton, Oxfordshire: drainage

Work to improve safety by maintaining the drainage along the A34 near Didcot continues this week. The A34 northbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Thursday 16 July for 7 nights (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4130 and A4185.

A34 Milton interchange, Oxfordshire: junction improvement

Work to improve journey times and safety by improving the layout of the Milton interchange continues this week. Narrow lanes and a temporary speed limit will be in place 24/7. Work is due to be completed in spring 2016.

For further details on this scheme visit the road project page.

A303 Longparish to Andover, Hampshire: sign maintenance

Work to keep road users informed by updating the signage near Harewood Forest continues this week. A lane will be closed on the westbound carriageway overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 13 July for 5 nights.

A404(M) Maidenhead, Berkshire: drainage

Work to improve safety by maintaining the drainage along the A404(M) near Maidenhead continues this week. Lane closures will be in place in both directions overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 13 July for 5 nights.

Safety at roadworks

Highways England is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

  • keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety
  • get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching
  • concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks
  • be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks
  • keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front
  • observe all signs – they are there to help you
  • be alert for road workers, the roads are their workplace

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