Live updates

One of the busiest days on Southampton's roads

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.

Resurfacing begins for M25 in Kent

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.”

– Tommy Whittingham, Highways Agency Asset Manager

The work will be carried out overnight between 10pm and 5.30am, Monday to Thursday, and between 11pm and 6am on Friday nights.

Advertisement

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.

Millions to be spent repairing roads in Surrey

Roads throughout the region have been affected by the severe weather Credit: Meridian

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.

Women suffer life threatening injuries in A3 crash

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.

Advertisement

Two cars catch alight on A3

Winchester Police have confirmed that two cars are alight on the A3 Southbound and emergency services are on the scene.

The A3 southbound is currently closed.

There was a broken down car on southbound carriageway near to the Buriton turn off and another car went into the back of it, causing them both to catch fire.

All the people have been taken out of the vehicles.

Train delays after Gatwick signalling problem

Southern are expecting delays of up to one hour between Victoria and Barnham and between London Bridge and Horsham due to signalling problem at Gatwick Airport.

There are also delays on the Gatwick Express between Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

First Great Western trains are expecting delays between Gatwick Airport and Guildford and First Capital has delays between St Pancras and Brighton.

Load more updates