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M3 roadworks cause more misery for drivers

Roadworks on the M3 aren't expected to finish until June 2017 Credit: ITV Meridian

ITV News Meridian can reveal tens of thousands of drivers face an extra six months of misery with controversial roadworks on the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire taking much longer than expected.

The work will now last until the end of June next year.

Motoring groups say it is staggering it will have taken three years to remove just 16 miles of hard shoulder. It appears they will now resurface the road as well but it's is claimed if they had planned it when they started the work it could have been completed sooner.

The Govemrnent is now holding a review that will lead to roadworks being done over shorter distances to ease the amount of disruption.

It comes as another project, the Black Dam improvement, at Basingstoke is complete six months late. There are questions over the way Highways England manage roadworks and the lack of information they give drivers on them.

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M3 crash victim "had a heart of gold" say family

Johnathan Brown was killed on the M3 Credit: Hampshire Police

A 30-year-old man killed in a crash on the M3 in Hampshire "had a heart of gold", his family said.

Johnathan Brown, from Basingstoke, died when his Peugot 208 was in collision with a Ford Fiesta on the M3 near Micheldever on September 7th.

In John, the world has lost an amazingly loving, partner, son, brother, uncle and friend, too soon. His family and friends will remember him forever. He brought a smile to so many people, he loved life and always made you smile when you were feeling down. He would always put people first before himself; he had a heart of gold. Heaven has claimed back one of its angels.

– Johnathan Brown's family

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Breaking: Two lanes of M3 closed after crash involving several vehicles

There are major delays on the M3 tonight after an accident involving up to seven cars. It is on the northbound carriageway near Junction 11 at Winchester.

There are tailbacks stretching for several miles and the emergency services are on the way. Two lanes are closed with major delays in both directions.

M3 crash Credit: Mike Pearse
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