Press release

Planned roadworks in Central Southern England: Weekly summary for Tuesday 26 May to Sunday 31 May 2015

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 22 May 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.

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

Work to improve traffic flow and 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. For further details please visit the scheme web page

M3 junction 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: Black Dam improvement

Work to improve traffic flow and journey times across the Black Dam Roundabout in 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. For more information please visit the scheme web page

M3 junction 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: slip road hard shoulder strengthening

Work to strengthen the hard shoulder of the M3 junction 6 slip roads in Basingstoke will continue this week. The northbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Thursday 28 May for two nights. The southbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, for eight nights from Thursday 28 May (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junctions 5 and 7.

M3 junctions 9 to 10 Winchester, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve road user safety on the M3 in Hampshire continues this week. The southbound carriageway between junction 9 and 10 near Winchester will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Thursday 28 May. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A272 Spitfire Link.

M4 junctions 8/9 Maidenhead to 10 Wokingham, Berkshire: resurfacing

Work to ensure road user safety by resurfacing the M4 eastbound carriageway near Maidenhead continues this week. Lane closures are in place on the eastbound carriageway overnight, between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. Work is due to be completed by Friday 19 June.

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. 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 July. For further details please visit the scheme web page.

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

Work to ensure road user safety by replacing the joint and waterproofing material on the Mortimer Line Railway Bridge continues this week. 24 hour narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are in place on both carriageways. In addition, lane closures will be in place overnight, between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. Work is due to be completed in July.

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 29 May through to 5.30am on Monday 1 June. 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.

24 hour narrow lanes, a contraflow, overnight lane closures 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 please visit the scheme web page.

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

Work to maintain safety by maintaining the drainage systems and renewing the road markings between the junctions continues this week. A lane closure will be in place in both directions overnight, between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. Work is due to be completed by Friday 12 June.

M27 junction 3 Nursling, Hampshire: junction improvement

Work to improve the traffic flow and reduce congestion around junction 3 in Nursling continues this week. The east and westbound junction 3 exit slip roads, the M271 northbound (between junction 1 of the M271 and junction 3 of the M27) and the M271 southbound (between the A3057 Romsey Road roundabout and junction 3 of the M27) will all be closed overnight, , between 10pm and 4am, from Thursday 28 May for two nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 2. Narrow lane traffic management and a 50mph speed limit will remain in place until late July. For further details please visit the scheme web page.

M27 junction 5 Eastleigh, Hampshire: junction improvement

Work to improve traffic flows and reduce congestion on the northern side of the junction 5 roundabout in Eastleigh is continuing this week. Narrow lane traffic management with a reduced speed limit will remain in place until completion in late July. For further details please visit the scheme web page.

A3 Berelands to Liss, Hampshire: carriageway resurfacing

Work to improve safety on the A3 carriageway near Petersfield is taking place this week. Both carriageways will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Wednesday 20 May for two nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Winchester Road and the B2070.

A31 Bere Regis to Roundhouse Roundabout, Dorset: drainage maintenance

Work to improve road user safety by maintaining the drainage system alongside the A31 continues this week. The carriageway will be closed in both directions overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Thursday 28 May for two nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A350 and A35.

A34 Chilton to Milton, Oxfordshire: drainage maintenance

Work to ensure road user safety by repairing the drainage system near Didcot continues this week. A lane closure will be in place on both carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. Work is due to be completed on Friday 5 June. For further details please visit the scheme web page.

A34 Milton Interchange, Oxfordshire: junction improvement

Work to improve journey times and road user safety by improving the layout of the Milton Interchange continues this week. 24 hour narrow lanes and speed limits of 40mph on the northbound carriageway and 30mph on the southbound carriageway are in place. Work is due to be completed in spring 2016.

For further details please visit the scheme web page.

A303 Popham, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve road user safety by resurfacing the A303 eastbound carriageway near Popham continues this week. The eastbound carriageway between the A34 (Bullington) and the M3 (Dummer) will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A34, A33 and M3. Work is due to be completed by Friday 5 June.

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.
  • oserve all signs – they are there to help you.
  • be alert for road workers, the roads are their workplace.

General enquiries

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

Media enquiries

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Published 22 May 2015