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:  2019/20
Cost:  ¬£139m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021/22
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 eastbound between junctions J4 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 24 May 2018 to 06:00 on 12 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:48 pm
Location : The A34 northbound between the junctions with the M3 and the A272 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 14 June 2018 to 06:00 on 15 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A34 northbound between the M3 and the junction with the A272 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A34 northbound between the A33 and the junction with the A272 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 May 2018 to 06:00 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 31 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A34 southbound between the A303 and the junction with the A33 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 May 2018 to 06:00 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A34 southbound between the junctions with the A303 and the A272 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 May 2018 to 06:00 on 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 May 2018 to 06:00 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A34 northbound between the junctions with the A272 and the A303 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 June 2018 to 06:00 on 16 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 21 May 2018 to 17:00 on 29 May 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A34 northbound between the junctions with the A272 and the A303 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 May 2018 to 06:00 on 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 31 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A34 southbound between the A272 and the junction with the M3 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M3 slip road to the M27 westbound . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 6 August 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J5 and J3 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 May 2018 to 06:00 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 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 : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 31 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 31 May 2018 to 17:00 on 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 29 May 2018 to 17:00 on 29 May 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 31 May 2018 to 17:00 on 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound exit slip at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 31 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound between the M27 eastbound and junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 May 2018 to 06:00 on 1 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . 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 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 11 June 2018 to 06:00 on 12 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 29 May 2018 to 17:00 on 29 May 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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