M27 junctions 4 to 11: smart motorway

We're upgrading the M27 between junction 4 (M3 interchange) and junction 11 (Fareham) by turning the hard shoulder into a permanent running lane, making a dual four-lane, smart motorway.

Region:  South East
Start date:  January 2019
Cost:  ¬£244 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2020/21
Programme:  

Progress report

We’ve been busy getting everything ready so that we can start our main work in January. Our preparation activities have included undertaking surveys, strengthening the hard shoulder, clearing vegetation, and installing CCTV and speed cameras along the route.

What's next?

We’ll start our main works in January 2019, with traffic management being in place between junctions 4 and 8, until June 2019.

You can find out more about the forthcoming work in our December 2018 newsletter.

Timeline

Date Event
12 March 2018 to 10 April 2018 Statutory Instrument Consultation
June to August 2018 Public information events
January 2019 Start of works

Why we need this scheme

The M27 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's a key part of the strategic road network, providing a vital transport link between Southampton and Portsmouth, while also connecting to the M3 at junction 4, leading to Winchester and Basingstoke.

This route currently 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

View our guidance on how to drive on a smart motorway.

The scheme in detail

The M27 smart motorway scheme stretches from junction 4 (M3 Interchange) to junction 11 (Fareham), and will directly connect to the M3 junction 9 (Winchester / A34 Interchange) to junction 14 (M27) smart motorway scheme. The scheme is 24km (15 miles), and all links on the M27 between junction 4 to 11 will be upgraded to smart motorway, dual four all-lane running. The hard shoulder will be retained between junctions 7 and 8.

The scheme will involve:

  • permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane and changing the junction slip roads to accommodate this
  • 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 refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
  • 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 eastbound between junctions J2 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 14 February 2019 to 06:00 on 11 March 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:54 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 February 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 8:22 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J9 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:03 on 15 February 2019 to 06:00 on 28 February 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 8:09 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 28 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 28 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:02 am
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2019 to 28 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:02 am
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2019 to 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 17, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 15 February 2019 to 06:00 on 22 February 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 8:03 pm
Location : The M271 northbound between junctions A35 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound exit slip at junction J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 February 2019 to 06:00 on 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 2 March 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 March 2019 to 9 March 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 March 2019 to 16 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 February 2019 to 06:00 on 24 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 February 2019 to 06:00 on 19 February 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A3090 and the M27 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 19:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 21 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound exit slip at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 February 2019 to 06:00 on 19 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 February 2019 to 06:00 on 19 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 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 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 westbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 westbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 February 2019 to 06:00 on 19 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M271 southbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M271 northbound between junctions J1 and M27 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 February 2019 to 06:00 on 19 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound between the M27 eastbound and junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 14 February 2019 to 06:00 on 11 March 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm

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