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Maintenance schemes taking place in the South East region.

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Work to improve signage for customers, providing a more efficient reminder that DartCharge payments are due.

A map showing the diversion route from A2 Boughton to Dunkirk

We’re carrying out concrete repairs to the A2 carriageway between Boughton and Dunkirk. Work will involve full depth treatment including crack repairs and new surfacing.

For the safety of the workforce and the road-users, we’ll be closing the A2 carriageway separately between M2 Junction 7 Brenley Corner and the A28 at Canterbury and A2050 Canterbury over seven weekends, with two extra weekends for contingency.

Eastbound Closure Dates:

  • 6.00am Saturday 2 October 2021 to 6.00am Monday 4 October 2021
  • 8.00pm Friday 5 November 2021 to 6.00am Monday 8 November 2021

Westbound Closure Dates:

  • 8.00pm Friday 24 September 2021 to 6.00am Monday 27 September 2021


Eastbound to Dover: Leave the M2 at junction 7, diverted traffic will follow A299, A256 to re-join the A2 at Guston.

Westbound to London: Leave the A2 at Guston, diverted traffic will follow the A256, A299 to re-join the A2 at junction 7 of the M2.

Local access to Canterbury:  For local access to Canterbury, please continue on the A2 and take the slip road signed Bridge, turn right onto Brifrons Hill, then right onto Bekesbourne Road, then right onto the High Street, to re-join the A2 London bound, to then exit for the A28 into Canterbury.

 

Westbound Closure Dates:

  •  10.00pm Friday 8 October 2021 to 6.00am Monday 11 October 2021
  •  10.00pm Friday 22 October 2021 to 6.00am Monday 25 October 2021

Please note that for the above two westbound weekend closures the works will start from 10.00pm on the Friday night and the closure and diversion point will be off the A2 via the slip road signed Canterbury A2050, where traffic will follow the A2050 to join the diversion onto the A28.  From 6.00am on the Saturday morning, the closure and diversion point will be moved to the off slip road signed Canterbury/Ashford A28. The off slip for A28 Canterbury/Ashford will be closed from 8.00pm due to third party works.

Contingency Dates:
 

Westbound: Friday 19 November to Monday 22 November 2021

Eastbound:  Friday 26 November to Monday 29 November 2021 

 

 

 

 

 

We are closing part of the A2070 Warehorne Road so we can repair the bridge joints on the bridge that carries the A2070 over the B2067.  These works will be undertaken within full carriageway closures of the A2070 between Park Farm Roundabout and Brenzett Roundabout for HGVs and full closures for all other traffic between the A2070 junctions with Ashford Road and B0267 (The Street).

There are two diversion routes in place – one for HGVs and high sided vehicles and the other for non-HGVs.  The non-HGV diversion is less than 2 miles via Ashford Road through to Hamstreet.  The HGV diversion however is much longer due to low bridges along the diversion, so is via the M20 and A259 and is 34 miles in length.

We’re carrying out some surveys and investigation work on the A21 Tonbridge bypass close to Powder Mill Lane to help us plan future improvements.

While we complete these surveys, we’ll need to close a lane on the A21 northbound to keep everyone safe. We’re planning to complete this work overnight – 8pm til 6am, Monday to Friday, when there are fewer vehicles on the road.

We’ll also be clearing vegetation and carrying out surveys in a field close to the road, this will be during the day and should not impact on the A21.

Access to properties will be maintained at all times. The survey work may generate noise through the night, for which we apologise in advance. We’ll try and complete as much of the noisy work as we can during the day.

The works are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

We're carrying out essential maintenance work to the revetment wall which is in a poor state due to corrosion. If the revetment isn’t maintained, it will not provide protection to the bund and will cause damage to the cycle path.

For everyone’s safety, we will be closing the cycle route along the top of Farlington Marshes for the full duration of the scheme, between the Eastern Road roundabout car park and the Harts Farm Way junction.

We will also be utilising the closure of the footpath, to replace old sections of the wooden fence which runs alongside the A27 westbound carriageway and the exit slip road at the A2030 Eastern Road junction.

The footpath around the edge of Farlington Marshes will be opened at weekends on 11/12 September, 18/19 September, 25/26 September and during weekdays between Monday 13 and Thursday 30 September.

A signed diversion will be in place via the A27 Bedhampton roundabout, Havant Road and the A2030 Eastern Road.

We're refurbishing the underpass to the east of Portsbridge roundabout. Work will start by deep cleaning the subway to remove all loose paint, then applying a base layer followed by a full coat of anti-graffiti paint. We will also be painting the handrails and cycle chicanes.

This work aims to make the underpass a more pleasant place for users and the local community.

The underpass will be closed, Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.

The diversion is via the footpath which runs around the western side of the Portsbridge roundabout. We appreciate the diversion is a longer route but due to the chemicals within the paint and the equipment being used it is essential we close the underpass while our team carry out the work for the safety of everyone.

We’re replacing the joints in the bridge which carries the A3 over the eastside of the Dennis Interchange at Guildford. This work will ensure the longevity of the bridge and safety to our customers.

We will be closing the A3 overnight (between 9pm and 6am) on the northbound carriageway from Compton to the A322 Stoke Interchange, and on the southbound carriageway from the A322 Stoke Interchange to the A25 Dennis Interchange.

The A3 will only be closed in direction each night, as follows:

  • Monday 6 September – Northbound
  • Tuesday 7 September – Southbound
  • Wednesday 8 September – Southbound
  • Thursday 9 September – Northbound
  • Friday 10 September – No work/closure
  • Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September – Southbound
  • Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September – Northbound

During northbound closures, traffic will be diverted via the B3000 Puttenham Heath Road, the A31 Hogs Back, Farnham Road into Guildford, Woodbridge Road, then the A25 to rejoin the A3 at the Stoke Interchange.

During southbound closures, traffic will be diverted east along the A25, A3100 London Road, A246 York Road, Onslow Road, then Farnham Road to rejoin the A3 at the Hogs Back.

We’ll shortly be renewing the road markings along the A27 in Hampshire, between the M27 (Portsmouth) and the A259 junction (Warblington).

For the safety of our workforce and customers, we are planning on closing the A27 overnight (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday nights only) on the following dates:

Wednesday 22 September for two nights

Closure: A27 eastbound from the A3023 Langstone junction to A259 Warblington junction (Havant)

Diversion: Park Road North, B2149 Petersfield Road, Bartons Road, Horndean Road, Southleigh Road and Emsworth Road

Saturday 25 September for two nights

Closure: A27 eastbound from the Bedhampton/Harts Farm Way junction to the A3023 Langstone junction

Diversion: Bedhampton Roundabout, B2177 and B2149

 

Please note all our closures are subject to change.

We're replacing the waterproofing material and the joints in the bridge which carries the A27 over the River Adur Viaduct near Shoreham (West Sussex).

Work was due to take place over the weekends of 11/12 September and 18/19 September, however we took the decision to reschedule both weekends due to the number of events taking place in the area. Along with restrictions on the rail service on our second planned weekend of work, this would have had too great an impact on our customers.

The work has now been rescheduled to take place over the following two weekends:

8pm on Friday 24 September through to 6am on Monday 27 September 2021 – closure of the A27 eastbound carriageway from Manor Road roundabout to the A283 Shoreham junction

8pm on Friday 8 October through to 6am on Monday 11 October 2021 – closure of the A27 westbound carriageway from A283 Shoreham junction to the Manor Road roundabout

During the closures, a signed diversion will be in place via the A259.

We’re resurfacing the A27 between the junctions of The Village and Milton Street. This work will improve the condition of the road and improve journeys for our customers.

Work will take place overnight (8pm to 6am), when there are fewer vehicles on the road, causing less disruption.

For everyone’s safety while we complete the work, we’ll be closing the A27 between the Beddingham roundabout and the Polegate Interchange. During the closure, a diversion route be in place via A26 Southerham Roundabout and A22 Cop Hall Roundabout.

The road will be open as usual over the bank holiday weekend.

We’re renewing the safety barrier and upgrading the street lighting along a section of the A31 near Ferndown (Dorset). This work is essential to maintain safety to all road users.

Work was originally scheduled to start in August, however after re-evaluating traffic flows since the start of the school holiday period, it was decided to postpone the closures. Traffic flows through the New Forest were much higher than levels predicted primarily due to increased staycations.

For the safety of our workforce and customers, three phases of traffic management will be in place along the A31 on both carriageways. All overnight closures will be in place between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only.

Phase 1: Safety barrier and street lighting replacement

Dates: Friday 10 September to Wednesday 20 October

To carry out replacement of the safety barrier and street lighting, 24/7 narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on both carriageways of the A31 between the Ameysford roundabout and the Palmersford roundabout.

To allow the narrow lanes to be installed, overnight on Thursday 9 September there will be a closure of the A31 in both directions, between Canford Bottom and the Palmersford roundabout. Traffic will be diverted via Wimborne Road West/East.

In addition to the narrow lanes, there will be night time closures of the A31 eastbound carriageway from Canford Bottom to the Boundary Lane roundabout, and of the westbound carriageway from Palmersford roundabout to Canford Bottom.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted via Wimborne Road West/East, A347 Ringwood Road, A347 New Road, Whitelegg Way, Castle Lane West, then the A338 north to head back to the A31. The westbound closure will be the same in reverse.

Phase 2: Street lighting replacement

Dates: Thursday 21 October to Friday 3 December

During this period, there will be night time closures of the A31 in both directions, between the Woolsbridge roundabout and the Palmersford roundabout.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted via A347 Ringwood Road, A347 New Road, Whitelegg Way, Castle Lane West, then the A338 north to head back to the A31. The westbound closure will be the same in reverse.

Phase 3: Street lighting replacement

Dates: Monday 6 December to Friday 17 December

During this phase, there will be night time closures of the A31 in both directions between the Ameysford roundabout and the Azalea roundabout.

Eastbound traffic will be diverted via Wimborne Road West/East, A347 Ringwood Road, A347 New Road, Whitelegg Way, Castle Lane West, then the A338 north to head back to the A31. The westbound closure will be the same in reverse.

 

CLOSURES UPDATE

A34 northbound continues to be closed between the exit and entry slip roads at Three Maids Hill, overnight (Monday to Friday only), until Monday 27 September. Traffic will be diverted off the A34 via the exit slip road at the junction, around the Three Maids Hill roundabout, then re-join the A34 via the northbound entry slip road.

The A272 eastbound bridge over the A34 at the junction will be closed overnight on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October. Signed diversion will be in place via Bullington Cross junction.

The A272 westbound bridge over the A34 at the junction will be closed overnight on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October. Signed diversion will be in place via the Winnall roundabout.

Friday 29, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October - this weekend is a contingency closure only. It will take place on either the A272 eastbound or westbound, depending if work was completed successfully during the previous weekends. 

All closures will be between 9pm and 6am

We’d advise all motorists to stick to the signed diversion routes as they have been chosen with both suitability and safety in mind. We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of fellow road users.

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Concrete repairs are taking place to the bridge which carries the A272 over the A34 at Three Maids Hill, north of Winchester (Hampshire).

These repairs will improve the longevity of the bridge and ensure safety for our customers.

Specialist scaffolding will be in place below the bridge, and our teams will be elevated platforms to reach the areas to be repaired.

There are lane closures and a 30mph speed limit on the A272 across the bridge.

The images below show the concrete damage beneath the bridge:

Concrete damage beneath the bridge Concrete damage beneath the bridge

We’re resurfacing a section of the A34 southbound carriageway between Whitchurch and the Bullington Cross junction, in Hampshire. This work will ensure the network remains in a safe condition and improve journeys for our customers..

The A34 southbound carriageway will be closed at night from the B4640 Tot Hill Interchange to the A303 Bullington Cross (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday working only).

During the closures, a signed diversion will be in place via the B4640 from Tothill towards Newbury, the A339 south to Basingstoke, then the A303 westbound.

A34 CLOSURES UPDATE

The A34 northbound carriageway between the Milton Interchange and Marcham Interchange, will be closed over seven nights starting on Thursday 7 October (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday only). 

A signed diversion will be in place via the A4130 from Didcot to Wallingford, then north on the A4074 towards Oxford. From here road users can re-join the A34 north or southbound carriageways depending on their destination.

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Located off the A34 near Drayton, is an area which was previously constructed as part of an old Drayton slip road, but is now used as an unofficial layby. We are converting this area into an official standard layby by carrying out major reconstruction to the embankment. Work will also involve:

  • realigning the verges;
  • updating the safety barrier;
  • installing new timber fencing;
  • resurfacing and laying of new road markings;
  • improve drainage; and
  • installing new layby signs.

As part of this project, additional work will take place to the old Drayton Road/Steventon Road slip road embankment area, to prevent anyone from parking illegally. The works will include:

  • replacing the existing gates to heavy duty gates;
  • installing a small section of interlocking concrete blocks;
  • installing new timber fencing;
  • planting new vegetation; and
  • removing the old concrete blocks.

The existing unofficial lay-by will be closed from 9 June 2021 until the completion of the work.

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on the A34 northbound carriageway (next to the work area) from Monday 21 June until Saturday 9 October 2021.

 

UPDATE - FRIDAY 30 JULY

Unfortunately due to unforeseen issues found beneath the surface of the A40 Western Avenue eastbound carriageway, the planned closures in July/August have been postponed.

We will reschedule the work on the eastbound carriageway for October/November 2021, once work on the westbound carriageway has been completed.

A40 Western Avenue - Eastbound carriageway revised dates

The closure that was due to take place this weekend has been amended. We will instead be closing the road overnight only, from 10pm on Friday 30 July to 6am on Saturday 31 July, to lay a more hard-wearing carriageway surface.

This will allow the road to remain open until we can complete work on the eastbound carriageway. We will update you again once the new dates for these works have confirmed.

The planned overnight closures from Monday 19 July to Thursday 12 August have also been cancelled, but will be rescheduled.

A40 Western Avenue - Westbound carriageway

Work on the westbound carriageway throughout August and September remains unchanged and is still to take place as per the table below.

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We’re carrying out repairs to the bridges along the A40 Western Avenue, between the M40 junction 1/A40 Denham roundabout and the B467 Swakeley roundabout. The A40 which was built in the 1940s, is one of the busiest routes on Highways England’s Strategic Road Network.

Work will include:

  • replacing the joints (which allow the expansion and contraction of the bridge during different temperatures);
  • installing new drainage;
  • replacing the waterproofing material beneath the road surface; and
  • resurfacing.

These repairs aim to keep the A40 Western Avenue and its surrounding road network running smoothly, and ensure safe journeys for road users that use this vital link for Uxbridge, Hillingdon, London, and surrounding areas. These works will also reduce the frequency of future road closures required to maintain the bridge and its carriageways.

To carry out these works safely and with minimal disruption, a combination of overnight and weekend road closures will take place during July, August and September 2021.

Diversions

A40 eastbound carriageway closures
Traffic will be diverted from the Denham roundabout, south down the A4020 Oxford Road to Cross Street, continue along Hillingdon Road, then head north on the B483 Park Road to re-join the A40 via Swakeley’s roundabout.

As the exit slip road at M25 junction 16 will be closed to help control traffic, road users travelling from the M25 anti-clockwise towards the M40/A40 eastbound will be diverted west along the M40 to junction 2, exit and the junction and travel around the roundabout, join the M40 eastbound carriageway towards the M40 junction 1 Denham roundabout, to join on to the main diversion above.

A40 westbound carriageway closures
Traffic will be diverted from Swakeley’s roundabout, south down B483 Park Road to the A4020 Hillingdon Road, continue along Cross Street, then north on the A4020 Oxford Road to re-join the A40/M40 at the Denham roundabout.

On the A404 northbound approach and on the Bisham roundabout, we're resurfacing and renewing the anti-skid material, refreshing road markings and the yellow speed bar markings on the approaches to the roundabout.

For everyone's safety, the following closures will take place overnight (9pm to 6am) on the following dates:

Wednesday 13 October

Friday 15 October

Monday 18 October for three nights

Closure of the A404 northbound carriageway from the A4130 Burchetts Green junction to the Bisham roundabout

Closure of the northern half of the Bisham roundabout

Closure of the Marlow Road on the approach to the Bisham roundabout

Thursday 21 October for two nights

Closure of the A404 southbound carriageway from the A4155 Marlow Interchange to the Bisham roundabout

During the closures signed diversions will be in place sending vehicles under 7.5tonnes from the Burchett’s Green junction, via the A4130 and A4155 via Henley-on-Thames.

Vehicles over 7.5tonnes will be diverted via the M4, M25 and M40, as Henley-on-Thames is unsuitable for larger vehicles.

We’re carrying out works to replace expansion joints on the bridge which carries Selling Road near junction 7 of the M2 motorway.

When:

Works will take place overnight from Monday 4 October until Friday 8 October 2021, 8.00pm until 6.00am each evening with works ending on the morning of Friday 8 October.

How it will affect me:

The works will not prevent any residents gaining access to their properties. The closure is only for the bridge itself, but the road in close proximity to the bridge will be for local residents’ access only.

There will be a 4 and half mile diversion route via Owen’s Court Road, Newhouse Lane, A251 and A2 which will be clearly signed.

Although the works may cause some noise we will try and minimise this as much as possible by using acoustic fencing.

Further information:

Please note that these works are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. We’ll advertise the closures on yellow signs placed in advance at the junction/alongside the road.  

For more information about our work, contact us on 0300 123 5000 quoting reference M2-602791 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

 

 

We’re carrying out resurfacing to sections of the M2 eastbound carriageway between junctions 5 and 6 from Tuesday 31 August to Thursday 30 September 2021. This work will take place overnight from 8pm to 6am Monday’s to Thursday’s only.

During the closure we’ll have a diversion route in place via the A249 south, M20, A20 east and A2 west towards M2 Junction 6.

Map of M2 junction 5 road closure diversion map

Please be aware that these works are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. The overnight closures will be clearly marked on yellow signs at the junction/alongside the road and emergency services vehicles will have escorted access through the works where required.

We’re carrying out essential works on the M2/A229 Maidstone Road bridge joints throughout September 2021. This is above the M2 near junction 3, and the work will need us to close the A229 carriageway during the night in both directions.

Monday 6 September to Monday 13 September - the southbound carriageway will be closed each evening from 8.00pm until 6.00am. During this time, the closures will also involve a lane 2 closure on the northbound carriageway to ensure a safe working area for our workforce. 

Tuesday 14 September to Wednesday 22 September - The northbound closure will be closed each evening from 8.00pm-6.00am. During this time, the closures will also involve a lane 2 closure on the southbound carriageway to ensure a safe working area for our workforce.

Additionally, we’ll be returning briefly to the southbound carriageway on Friday 27 September and the northbound side on Saturday 28 September to complete the works.

Please be advised that our works will affect the bus stop on the A2045. Also, please note that our works could at times be noisy, for which we apologise. We’ll therefore be putting in place acoustic fencing to try and keep the noise to a minimum.

Diversion route

Diversions are in place during these works via Lord Lees roundabout, the A229 and A2045 and re-joining at the Rochester Road roundabout. The southbound diversion is the same in the opposite direction. This route is just over a mile and a half in length and will be clearly labelled along with yellow signs in advance of the works informing of the upcoming closure.

 

Access during works

Pedestrians will be able to walk across the bridge, but will need to briefly wait until the site has been made safe. Vehicle access will be maintained for emergency services responding to an incident.

Changes to the schedule

Please be aware that as these works are weather dependent, the schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

 

We're carrying out some important repair work on the M20 Sittingbourne (Interchange) East Bridge which is just outside Maidstone.

The bridge carries the A249 over the M20 motorway and requires this work to ensure it remains safe to use for as long as possible.

Works are planned overnight from 8.00pm until 6.00am the next morning, from Monday 22 August 2021 until the morning of Monday 6 September. Please note that no works will take place over the bank holiday weekend from Friday 27 August until Monday 30 August.

Diversion routes:

There will be two diversion routes - one for motorway traffic and the other for non-motorway traffic.

Motorway traffic - via M20 junction 8 and back to M20 junction 7 (approx 7 miles)

Non-motorway traffic - via Pilgrims Way, The Street, Hockers Lane, Bearsted Road (approx 2 miles)

Map of diversion route:

Diversion map for M20 Sittingbourne works

Thank you for your patience during these essential works.

CURRENT CLOSURE DATES

  • Monday 13 to Tuesday 21 September – M23 northbound junction 10 to junction 8 closed
  • Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 September – M23 southbound junction 8 to junction 9 closed

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We’re resurfacing the M23 in both directions, between junctions 8 and 10, to ensure the network remains in a safe condition for our customers. Work will also include renewal of road markings and road studs, and applying anti-skid material where necessary.

For everyone's safety, there will be varied closures of the M23 overnight from 8pm to 5am (Monday to Friday nights only). 

Diversions

Traffic wishing to travel south down the M23 towards Gatwick, will be diverted along to junction 6 of the M25 (Godstone), south down the A22 to Felbridge, then west along the A264 Copthorne Road to join the M23 at junction 10.

Traffic for Gatwick Airport will use the same diversion route as above, then from junction 10 of the M23, travel west along the A2011, then north on A23 London Road towards the airport.

Traffic wishing to travel north on the M23 towards the M25 and London will be diverted from junction 10, east along the A264 Copthorne Road to Felbridge, then north on the A22 to access the M25 at junction 6. 

Traffic from the south travelling north for Gatwick Airport, will need to head towards M23 junction 10 then travel west along the A2011, and north on A23 London Road towards the airport.

We’d advise all motorists to stick to the signed diversion routes as they have been chosen with both suitability and safety in mind. Please adhere to all speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users.

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum.

Update - Tuesday 17 August

The dates of the closures have been amended slightly, to those originally advertised. The new dates are listed below.

All our work/closures are subject to change.

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We’re resurfacing sections of the M27 in both directions between junctions 11 (Fareham) and 12 (Portsmouth) in Hampshire.

For everyone's safety, we will be closing the M27 overnight (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday nights only) on the following dates:

  • Monday 23 August till Tuesday 28 September 2021* – M27 junctions 11 to 12 eastbound
  • Friday 29 September till Friday 29 October 2021 – M27 junctions 12 to 11 westbound

*work will not take place on the eastbound carriageway on Friday 27 and Monday 30 August due to the late-August bank holiday weekend.

During the closures, a signed diversion will be in place via the A27.

We’re carrying out work to replace the parapets on the bridges which carry the M27 over the Portsbridge roundabout. We will also be replacing the joints in the bridges which carry the A27 Havant Bypass over the A2030 Eastern Road roundabout.

Due to the worsening condition of the parapets, these works have been brought forward to ensure the safety of our road users.

To allow us to carry out these works safely, we will need to close the M27/A27 in both directions overnight (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday) between junction 12 of the M27 and the A27/A2030 Eastern Road Interchange.

The road will remain open during daytime hours and an enforceable 40mph speed limit with temporary safety barrier will be in place, to protect the parapets for the work duration.

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum.

Diversions

Eastbound traffic will be diverted from M27 junction 12 via the A3 Southampton Road, Havant Road and A2030 Eastern Road.

Westbound traffic will be diverted from the Eastern Road roundabout, north on the A2030, west along the Havant Road, A3 Southampton then down to M27 junction 12.

We’d advise all motorists to follow the signed diversion routes as they have been chosen with both suitability and safety in mind.

Back in 2015 we completed improvement work to the A30/A339 Black Dam roundabout, north of junction 6. The scheme created an A339 northbound “through” carriageway with a connecting link from the A30 London Road onto the A339 northbound, as well as widening of all entry arms onto the roundabout.

Prior to these improvements, responsibility for the Black Dam roundabout was with Hampshire County Council. Before we hand the junction back to the local authority, we have some additional work which needs to be completed.

New road studs and reflective markers will be installed to provide better reflectivity at night time, renewal of road markings to provide better visibility of lanes and cutting back of overgrown vegetation to improve sightlines.

Work is currently scheduled to take place overnight (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday only) on the following dates:

  • Thursday 9 September for one night
  • Wednesday 13 October for eight nights
  • Thursday 28 October for two nights

For the safety of our workforce and customers, we will be closing the entire Black Dam roundabout and the following approaches:

  • No exit into Basingstoke or entering the M3 at junction 6
  • A30 London Road eastbound approach from Hatch
  • A30 Ringway South westbound approach from Old Common Road junction
  • A339 Ringway East southbound approach from the town centre or Daneshill

During the closures, varied signed diversions will be in place primarily using the Ringway South/West/North and junction 7, to get to/from the M3.

We’re upgrading the traffic signals around junction 12 of the M4 at Theale (Berkshire). Work will involve replacing the traffic signals around junction 12 with new LED signals and controllers. The refurbishments will include upgrading to extra low voltage cabling and equipment to reduce our carbon footprint and energy costs.

Throughout the work, different sections of the roundabout will be closed overnight (between 9pm and 6am). These sections are currently scheduled as follows, but are subject to change:

  • Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 July – Closure of the west side of the junction
  • Wednesday 7 to Thursday 8 July – Closure of the east side of the junction
  • Friday 9 July – Closure of the west side of the junction
  • Monday 12 to Friday 23 July – Lane closures on the roundabout
  • Monday 26 to Thursday 29 July – Closure of the west side of the junction
  • Friday 30 July to Friday 17 September – Lane closures on the roundabout
  • Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September – Closure of the west side of the junction
  • Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October – Closure of the east side of the junction
  • Monday 4 October to Friday 8 October – Closure of the west side of the junction
  • Monday 11 October to Friday 15 October – Closure of the east side of the junction

Signed diversions will be in place via adjacent junctions for closures of the M4 slip road.

In addition, the following diversions will be in place for closures of the A4 exits from the roundabouts:

  • Closure of the access from roundabout to A4 Bath Road (Theale side) – traffic will be diverted towards Reading centre, then the A329 to Pangbourne, then A340 to Theale
  • Closure of the access from roundabout to A4 Bath Road (Calcot side) – traffic will be diverted along Bath Road, then north on the A340 to Pangbourne, along the A329 towards Reading centre, then along the A4 to Calcot

Eastside closure map

Westside closure map

WEEKEND CLOSURE UPDATE

Due to an amendment to our programmed weekend closures, replacement of the waterproofing material beneath the surface of the M4 will now take place from 9pm on Friday 8 October through to 6am on Monday 11 October 2021. The original closure scheduled over the weekend of 24/25 September has now been cancelled.

Should work not be completed over this weekend, we will have a further closure from 9pm on Friday 15 October to 6am on Monday 18 October.

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Repairs are taking place to the bridge which carries the M4 over Welford Road (near Wickham, West Berkshire), which is damaged due to water leaking through the joints.

To ensure the bridge remains in a safe condition, we are:

  • reconstructing the central reservation;
  • replacing the joints across the M4 motorway;
  • replacing the waterproofing material below the carriageway surface;
  • resurfacing the M4 across the bridge; and 
  • upgrading the safety barrier along the M4 verges.

For the safety of our workforce and customers, the following traffic management restrictions are in place:

M4 motorway

There are 24/7 narrow lanes and an enforceable 50mph speed limit on both carriageways. Free vehicle recovery is available for anyone who breaks down in the narrow lanes.

Once the central reservation has been replaced, the narrow lanes will be removed. Remaining activities will be done using a full weekend closures of the M4 and overnight lane closures.

Welford Road

Welford Road will be closed until Friday 24 September 2021, whilst we replace the central reservation of the M4 above. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists, and for emergency services.

A diversion will be in place via Welford Road, Rood Hill, High Street and the B4000.

Welford Road diversion route map

 

M4 junctions 13 to 14 weekend closures

To replace the central reservation, a large crane will be required, and we will need to close the entire motorway for the full weekend. A further weekend closure of the M4 will be required to replace the waterproofing material and surfacing. This is to allow enough time for the material to cure.

These weekend closures will be between junctions 13 and 14. The dates of the weekend closures are currently planned as follows:

  • 9pm on Friday 30 July through to 6am on Monday 2 August 2021
  • 9pm on Friday 20 August through to 6am on Monday 23 August 2021
  • (CANCELLED: Friday 24 September to Monday 27 September 2021)
  • 9pm on Friday 8 October through to 6am on Monday 11 October 2021

During these closures, signed diversions will be in place via the A338, A4 and A34.

Moto Chieveley Services will remain open and accessible in all directions for fuel, toilet facilities, food and refreshment, 24hrs a day during these weekend closures.

M4 weekend closure diversion route map

Photos from the weekend of 31 July/1 August - removal of the old bridge beams

Photos from the weekend of 21/22 August - installation of the new bridge beams

 

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