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Plans for wi-fi roads and driverless cars

Hindhead tunnel Credit: ITV News Meridian

Surrey is to benefit from a £150m pound project to improve technology on the country's motorways.

Highways England is planning to trial acoustic technology at the Hindhead Tunnel to speed up breakdown detection. It would allow traffic to be constantly monitored and control centres notified within seconds of a problem. The plans also include wi-fi roads and trials of driverless cars.


Drivers reminded not to switch lanes in Hindhead Tunnel

Drivers using the A3 Hindhead tunnel in Surrey are being reminded that the red X symbol above a lane means 'move out, stay out'.

Lanes are closed for the protection of both road users and road workers and are vital for the safe operation of the tunnel, either as part of routine maintenance or for an incident.

CCTV footage released today shows a driver ignoring a red X and the potential hazards of doing so. Now the Highways Agency has joined forces with Surrey Police and EM Highway Services Ltd to remind all drivers of the risks of not heeding the red cross code.

ROADS: A3 closed in both directions - Hindhead Tunnel

A3 in both directions closed stationary traffic, long delays due to emergency repairs at Hindhead Tunnel.

The tunnel closed just after 17:30 due to a systems failure. A specialised engineer is required and is travelling from Derby, so the tunnel is expected to be closed until at least midnight.

Diversion - Northbound traffic is advised to follow the solid diamond symbol led diversion following the A325 n/b and A31 e/b to rejoin the A3 near Guildford.

Diversion - Southbound to follow the solid triangle which is the reverse route.

New road control centre to open at Hindhead Tunnel

A new network control centre is being launched at the Hindhead Tunnel to help with the maintenance and improvement of roads in the south.

The five year contract, valued at up to one hundred and forty million pounds a year, will cover more than seven hundred and seventy miles of carriageway in Hampshire, Berkshire, parts of Surrey, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.


Diversions in place for Hindhead Tunnel closure

The 1.2 mile tunnel on the A3 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The A3 Hindhead Tunnel will be closed in both directions overnight to allow testing of emergency power supplies. The work will be carried out between 10pm and 6am, when traffic flows are at their lowest. The A3 will be closed between Stag Hill and Longmoor. Diversions will be in place.

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