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Drivers face more disruption as the M3 is to close over the weekend

Drivers face major disruption this weekend as the M3 is closed from this evening.

It's to allow for a bridge to be demolished between junctions two and three as part of smart motorway scheme to convert the hard shoulder into a running lane.

Drivers are being warned of more disruption as the M3 is closed overnight Credit: ITV News

The work was due to end next month but is now going to run another six months.

It comes as plans to upgrade the M4 will go ahead with work starting next March along with five years of chaos.

Critics say the schemes are not safe.

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Truck driver critical after crash

The driver of a tipper truck remains critically ill in hospital after the vehicle span off the M3 and hit a mile-marker post.

The 25-year-old was believed to have been travelling from his home in Bournemouth on the northbound carriageway near Basingstoke, when the accident happened.

No other vehicle was involved but the motorway was closed for six hours while police investigated what happened.

The driver was suffered a severe leg injury and was rushed to Southampton General Hospital where his condition is described as critical.

The van left the motorway and hit a mile marker post Credit: ITV Meridian

"Officers are appealing for drivers to contact them after a white Ford Transit Tipper left the M3 northbound carriageway between junctions 7 and 6 and collided with the mile marker post for junction 6 shortly after 19:10pm last night," said the spokesman.

"No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in a collision with the van but other motorists may be able to help establish exactly what happened.

"The driver, a 25 year-old man from Bournemouth, was taken to Southampton General Hospital by road with a serious leg injury. His condition today is described as critical but stable."

– Hampshire Police spokesperson

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Long delays on M3 after multi-vehicle crash

Drivers were delayed for upto two hours on the M3 southbound Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers suffered long delays during this morning's rush hour after a four car crash on the M3.

Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway near junction 12 for Eastleigh.

No-one was seriously hurt but the collision caused delays of upto two hours and traffic problems on non motorway routes.

All lanes were reopened by 9.05am with delays down to 30 minutes.

UPDATE: M3 in Surrey re-opens after major crash

All lanes southbound on the M3 have now re-opened following a major crash between a van and a car.

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It happened between J3 for Bagshot and J4 for Camberley at lunchtime.

The two drivers were cut free from their vehicles and both taken to Frimley Park Hospital.

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Highways England says drivers are still facing long delays in the area, but the vehicles have now been cleared.

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TRAVEL: Crash closes M3 in Surrey

The M3 has been closed southbound between J3 and J4 (Bagshot and Camberley) due to a crash between a car and a van.

Drivers are advised to exit the M3 at J3 and take the A322 west following the solid triangle diversion symbol. Continue on the A30 (London Road) south through Camberley, then take the A331 east to re-join the M3 at J4.

There are long delays in the area.

M3 motorway closed after serious collision in roadworks area between Bagshot and Camberley Credit: Highways England
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