Press release

Planned roadworks in Central Southern England: Weekly summary for Monday 6 July to Sunday 12 July 2015

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 3 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 until the end of 2016. During the work, there will be narrow lanes, a contraflow and a temporary 50mph speed limit in place on both carriageways between junctions 2 and 4a, as well as a free recovery service operating 24 hours a day.

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 6 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. Closures will be clearly signed in advance and a diversion will be in place via the A30 London Road.

The southbound carriageway between junctions 4 and 4a including the junction 4 entry slip road will be closed overnight on Monday 6 July from 9pm to 5.30am for barrier repairs. During the closure, a diversion will be in place via the A331 and A30 to junction 4a of the M3.

The southbound junction 4a entry slip road will be closed overnight on Tuesday 7 July from 9pm to 5.30am to test the road surface. During the closure, a diversion will be in place via the A327 and A30 to junction 5 of the M3.

The southbound M3 between junctions 2 and 3, including the clockwise and anti-clockwise link roads from the M25 to M3 southbound, will be closed overnight from Friday 3 July 2015 to Saturday 1 August between 9pm and 6am for resurfacing. During the closure, diversions will be in place as follows:

  • M25 clockwise junction: via A30 to junction 4 of the M3
  • M25 anti-clockwise junction 13: via A30 to junction 4 of the M3
  • M3 southbound junction 2: to M25 junction 13 via A30 to junction 4 of the M3

For further details 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 temporary 30mph speed limit and off-peak lane closures will be in place on the approaches and around the roundabout until autumn 2015. For more information visit the road project pages.

M3 junctions 6 Basingstoke to 9 Winchester, Hampshire: hard shoulder strengthening

Work to strengthen the hard shoulder between junctions 6 and 9 continues this week. The northbound carriageway between junctions 9 and 7 will be closed overnight for three nights between 9pm and 6am from Monday 6 July, and between junctions 9 and 6 for two nights between 9pm and 6am from Thursday 9 July. The southbound carriageway between junctions 5 and 7 will be closed overnight between 10pm and 5.30am on Saturday 11 July, and the northbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 7 and 5 from 10pm to 5.30am on Sunday 12 July. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the A303, A34 and A30.

M3 junction 13 Eastleigh, Hampshire: waterproofing

Work to maintain safe and reliable journeys on the M3 junction 13 northbound entry slip road begins this week. The slip road will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Wednesday 8 July. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Leigh Road and the A335.

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 on both the east and westbound carriageways overnight between 9pm and 6am until Friday 10 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 altering road markings at the junction continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the link roads overnight, between 9pm and 6am (Monday to Friday only). The work is due to be completed in early September. For further details 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 temporary 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 10 July to 5.30am on Monday 13 July. Additionally, the M4 east and westbound carriageways between the slip roads at junction 13 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 5.30am, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. 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 using diversions through Newbury and Donnington.

In addition, 24 hour narrow lanes, a contraflow and a temporary 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 visit the scheme page.

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 on both the east and westbound carriageways overnight between 9pm and 6am, until Friday 10 July.

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 6 July for 5 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 2. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will remain in place until late July. For further details 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 6 July for five nights. 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 visit the road project pages.

A3 Sheet to Liphook, Hampshire: carriageway resurfacing

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

A3(M) junction 2 Hazleton to junction 4 Purbrook, Hampshire: road marking renewal

Work to maintain safety by renewing road markings on the A3(M) carriageway takes place this week. The southbound carriageway between junctions 2 and 4 will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am on Monday 6 July. The northbound carriageway between junctions 4 and 2 will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am on Tuesday 7 July. A clearly signed diversion via Purbrook Way and the B2149 will be in place.

A27 Eastern Road to Langstone: carriageway resurfacing

The eastbound carriageway between the A2030 Eastern Road and the A3023 Langstone will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am on Tuesday 7 July. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via Havant Road and the B2177.

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 between 10pm and 6am from Monday 6 July for four nights, and between 10pm and 6am on Saturday 11 July. A clearly signed diversion via the A326, A35 and A338 will be in place.

A31 Bere Regis to Roundhouse Roundabout, Dorset: drainage maintenance

Work to improve drainage takes place this week. Both east and westbound carriageways will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am from Monday 6 July for five nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A35 and A350.

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 Chilton to Milton, Oxfordshire: drainage

Work to improve safety by maintaining the drainage along the A34 near Didcot continues this week. The A34 southbound carriageway will be closed overnight between 10pm and 6am until Friday 10 July (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.

A404(M) Maidenhead, Berkshire: drainage

Work to improve safety by maintaining the drainage along the A404(M) near Maidenhead continues this week. 24-hour narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit are in place on the southbound carriageway. In addition, lane 2 of the north and southbound carriageways will remain closed from 10pm on Friday 10 July to 6am on Monday 13 July. Work is due to be completed by mid-July. For further details visit the road project page.

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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