It was billed as a radical scheme that would transform a frequently gridlocked section of the M25 in Kent and Surrey. But less than a year after its construction the so-called 'smart' motorway is cracking up. Motoring experts say parts of the motorway between junctions 5 and 7 are a hazard to car drivers and truckers. That's after £129m was spent on improvement works. Tom Savvides reports.
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This is the terrifying moment a driver was forced to swerve out of the way of car travelling in the wrong direction on a dual carriageway.
The 73-year-old from Burgess Hill was spotted driving the wrong way along A23 towards Brighton.
It's believed he had been driving the wrong way for several miles.
Vehicles heading north were forced to swerve their cars to avoid him.
Sussex Police said the driver stopped his car after seeing the marked police vehicle travelling towards him slowly at the head of the traffic.
Sergeant Mark Baker said: "We are very grateful to all of the drivers and members of the public who stopped and called us to warn us about the man's driving and for their attentive driving that enabled them to avoid a collision.
"We were able to react quickly and thankfully no one was injured. The man was medically assessed and we will be making the DVLA aware of the incident."
Today's been one of the busiest days of the year on Southampton's roads. Three cruise ships carrying a total of eight thousand passengers have arrived at the city's port today. More than a thousand people are also in the city to see the Moscow State Circus at the Mayflower.
The council says the 'Platform for Prosperity' scheme is being carried out to improve access to the Eastern Docks and will significantly reduce congestion in the years to come on days like today.
Once completed the new road layout around Platform Road and Town Quay will significantly reduce journey times and will also support the continued growth of Southampton's cruise and port business, creating new job opportunities for around 500 people.
The Highways Agency will start resurfacing roads in Kent on Wednesday to provide smoother and safer journeys for motorists.
The overnight resurfacing is taking place between junction 4 in Orpington and junction 5 in Sevenoaks.
Sections of the carriageway will be resurfaced and the white lines and road studs renewed.
Weather permitting, the work will be completed by Friday 2th May.
The new surface and cats eyes will provide smoother and safer journeys for the many drivers that rely on this busy route. We have planned to carry out the work overnight, when we know traffic flows are lowest, to minimise disruption.”
The work will be carried out overnight between 10pm and 5.30am, Monday to Thursday, and between 11pm and 6am on Friday nights.
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.
The estimated repair bill to fix Surrey’s roads and bridges has reached £6m. Torrential rain, strong winds and burst river banks over Christmas and the New Year prompted county council roads teams to work around the clock to clear hundreds of flooded roads and fallen trees.
Council roads inspectors assessing damage to roads, bridges, drainage, embankments and footpaths across the county gave early estimates that the clear-up would cost around £5 million. This has now gone up to £6 million. The eventual bill could be as much as £10m.
The hidden treasures of the new link road between Hastings and Bexhill have been laid bare deep in the earth. Archaeologists say some wonderful treasures from many eras are now on display.
This morning a heavy good vehicle collided with a stationary broken down car on the A3 southbound at Buriton, leaving two women with life threatening injuries.
The cars collided at 9.25am and on impact with the barrier they both caught fire.
The two female occupants were rescued by a female police officer and two members of the public.
The car driver, a 21-year-old woman has suffered life threatening injuries and her 19-year-old sister, who was a front seat passenger, has serious injuries.
Both women were airlifted to Southampton General Hosptial and the third female was treated for shock at the scene.
The driver of the HGV, a 33-year-old man from Bulgaria, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving without due care and attention.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash.
The A3 at Petersfield is completely shut in both directions due to a serious RTI. Please avoid the area http://t.co/Yiy0hjx7T4