M3 junctions 9 to 14: smart motorwayRecently updated

Upgrading the M3 between Junction 9 (Winchester / A34 interchange) and Junction 14 (M27 Southampton interchange) to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway. The scheme was announced in 2015 by the government, and will link to the smart motorway scheme on the M27.

Region:  South East
Start date:  31 March 2020
Cost:  ¬£139m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  31 March 2022
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We are currently designing the smart motorway on the M3 located in Hampshire between junctions 9 and 14. The scheme was announced in 2015 by the government, and will link to the smart motorway scheme on the M27.

We have begun discussions with local authorities and technical stakeholders.

What's next

We will continue our design work and environmental assessments along the route, and commence engagement with local authorities, environmental bodies, local businesses, strategic traffic users, and emergency services.

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Why we need this scheme

The M3 is located in Hampshire, and falls within the Highways England Area 3 Asset Support Contract, as well as the South East Regional Control Centre. It is a key part of the strategic road network, providing a vital transport link to London, south Hampshire via the M27 Southampton interchange, and the midlands via the A34.

The M3 junction 9 to 14 is a crucial route connection for the Solent to Midlands, and Solent to M25 routes. The A34 is linked to the M27 by the M3 junction 14 at Eastleigh to junction 9 at Winchester. The route serves the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, Southampton Airport, and the wider Solent region.

This route is heavily used by cars and freight, and faces congestion during peak travel hours caused by the volume of traffic using the network.

Aims

The aims of this scheme are to:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic by turning the hard shoulder into a permanent running lane
  • improve journey time reliability on the strategic road network
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth by providing increased capacity on the motorway
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network using smart motorway techniques
  • minimise environmental impacts of the scheme and where possible allow for enhancements to be made to the environment

The scheme in detail

The M3 smart motorway stretches from junction 9 (Winchester / A34 interchange) to junction 14 (M27 Southampton interchange). The scheme is 13km (8 miles) long.

The scheme includes:

  • junction 9 to 13 upgraded to a smart motorway, All-Lane Running
  • junction 13 to 14 to a controlled motorway
  • junction 14 to M27 link road to a controlled motorway

The scheme will involve:

  • new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • emergency areas throughout the length of the scheme
  • safe area located on junction 11 and 12 slip roads
  • the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 March 2018.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 9:50 am
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 23 January 2018.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 9:00 am
Location : The M27 westbound exit slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2018 to 06:00 on 27 January 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:07 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2018 to 06:00 on 27 January 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:07 am
Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2018 to 27 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:07 am
Location : The M3 westbound exit slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2018 to 27 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:06 am
Location : The M3 slip road to the M27 eastbound . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2018 to 27 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:06 am
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M3 westbound at junction J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 1 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junction J13 and the M27 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 westbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2018 to 30 January 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The A303 westbound between the junctions with the A3093 and the A3057 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 January 2018 to 06:00 on 27 January 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 January 2018 to 06:00 on 1 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 9:41 am
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 January 2018 to 06:00 on 26 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M3 westbound exit slip at junction J12 . Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 January 2018 to 06:00 on 26 January 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 18, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M271 northbound entry slip at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 westbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The M271 southbound between the M27 and junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 06:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M271 northbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 January 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M271 northbound between junctions J1 and M27 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 January 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 January 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M27 westbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 January 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 January 2018 to 06:00 on 26 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 January 2018 to 1 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 January 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 January 2018 to 06:00 on 26 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 January 2018 to 1 February 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 January 2018 to 06:00 on 24 January 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 January 2018 to 06:00 on 26 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 January 2018 to 1 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 9:10 pm

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