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Police appeal after fatal M3 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision on the M3 in which a woman was killed.

The woman, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital but died.

The collision happened at 6.47pm yesterday at junction 9 at Winchester. Officers know that three vehicles were involved, however, witnesses have suggested a fourth may have also been involved.

Police are also keen to speak to the drivers of HGV vehicles who stopped at the scene. One of the HGV's has "CH" written on the back and another had a red cab and was carrying a silver container.

Plans for M3 smart motorway to go on show

Plans to transform part of the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire into a smart motorway will go on show to the public later this week.

Fourth lane to be used as hard shoulder in both directions Credit: Press Association

Under the multi-million pound proposals the hard shoulder will be used as a fourth lane between junction 4A at Farnborough and junction 2 where it joins the M25.

The road will also be resurfaced with a new, low noise material.

This busy section of the M3 is used for more than 130,000 journeys every day, and these vital improvements will add much needed extra capacity. Smart motorways are a safe, cost effective solution for improving journeys, and I'd encourage anyone with an interest in how they work to come along and put their questions to us.

– Highways Agency project manager Pranav Devale

The exhibitions are being held on Friday and Saturday. Main construction on the project is expected to start in November, and last until December 2016.

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Renewed appeal following serious incident on M3

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit are renewing an appeal for information following a serious road traffic incident.

A week ago, on Tuesday September 16, a collision occurred on the on-slip to junction six of the M3 at Basingstoke.

It happened after the drivers of a flat bed van and trailer and VW Golf pulled on to the hard shoulder. The drivers both got out of their vehicles and exchanged words.

The car driver went back to his vehicle and as he tried to get into it, the van pulled out from behind him and passed him.

The vehicle clipped his legs, leaving him with serious injuries. The van driver did not stop and carried on along the M3.

The man was taken to the North Hampshire Hospital by ambulance.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Jerrard at Whitchurch by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

“The van is described as being similar in size to a Ford Tranist flat bed but the cab was completely flat at the front and more square. It was plain white and had no distinctive markings or livery. The bed of the van was similar to that of a recovery truck with no sides on the bed and made of aluminium. The trailer was of the same appearance and material as the bed of the van but sat a couple of inches lower. It was a twin axle trailer with one mud guard over both wheels each side. The driver had to climb down from the cab from a height of approximately 4 foot. The incident left a man, in his 60s, with some serious leg injuries. It’s possible that the van driver was not aware that the man was injured.-and we’d like to trace him urgently. We’d appeal to anyone with information to contact us.”

– PC Clyde Jerrard

Road markings on the M3 are the worst in the country

The M3 has the worst road lines in the country according to a new survey.

The worst of them are said to be between Bagshot and Camberley in Surrey, which is Junction 3 and 4.

The nearby A322 between Bracknell and Bagshot are supposedly the second worse, with 84% of the road in need of work.

The Road Safety Marking Association who did the survey rates around half our roads as poor when it comes to drivers seeing white lines and other markings on the road.

Plans to bring in speed restrictions on the M3

The Highways agency today announced consultation plans to bring in speed limits along a stretch of the M3.

Its part of a £174m upgrade of the road that's used by 130,000 motorists each day.

If passed restrictions of 60mph would be in place on a 3 mile stretch of the road from junction 3 at Lightwater to 4 near Camberley.

The Highways agency also want to add an additional lane in both directions between junction 2 at Chertsey and 4a Farnborough.

Earlier Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Paul Unwin from the Highways Agency and asked him what he would say to drivers not happy about the idea.

'Smart motorway' plans for commuters using the M3

The Highways Agency has launched a consultation today to discuss the speed limit on a part of the M3 in Surrey for London commuters.

Rush-hour traffic slows to an average 45mph on the busy route in the morning and an average of 56mph in the evening.

The planned £174 million upgrade will transform a 13.4 mile stretch into a 'smart motorway' by adding an extra lane in both directions between Junction 2 and 4a.

This will increase capacity, reduce congestion and boost average speeds for motorists to cut 4 minutes per vehicle from a morning commute.

Due to the capacity increase however, emissions from the extra traffic are predicted to breach local air quality limits on a short selection of the route, unless it's limited to 60mph during certain times of the day.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said:

Variable speed limits on our motorways are nothing new and have been used for many years to cut congestion and keep vehicles moving.Introducing speed controls for air quality reasons is proposed for less than 1% of the strategic road network. Peak time speed limits on the M3 are currently below 70mph. However let’s be clear, no decisions have been taken yet but the risks need to be managed responsibly, with any proposed limit removed as soon as air quality levels improve.

– Robert Goodwill, Roads Minister

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