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.
Drivers using the M4 near Reading are being warned of roadworks which will close the motorway for three nights from Wednesday.
A new bridge is being installed over the road as part of the construction of the new Shinfield Eastern Relief Road.
Diversions will be in place from 9pm until 6am.
More than four hundred miles of roadworks are being removed this weekend to help bank holiday drivers.
It will also see the completion of schemes including the M27 near Eastleigh and near Southampton.
Although work on the M3 near Basingstoke will remain.
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Drivers in Swindon say they are facing months of misery because of roadworks in the town.
There are already ongoing improvements to one of the main roundabouts by the Bruce Street Bridges. This week Network Rail has also closed Stratton Green bridge for five months as part of electrification work.
Councillor Dale Heenan (Conservative) of Swindon Borough Council said efforts were being made to ease congestion.
Brighton and Hove has one of the highest number of ongoing roadworks in Britain.
According to a new survey by LV Road Rescue, a total of 369 roadworks are underway in the area.
LV Road Rescue managing director Peter Horton said "Local authorities face a difficult challenge to repair and maintain our roads this year, particularly given the impact of the adverse weather we have seen in recent months.
"With more cars on the road than ever, it will be hard to carry out roadworks without impacting drivers."
Roadworks worth one point five million pounds will start in Reading today. The works from Cemetery Junction to London Road will last for 6 months.
Known as the Eastern Area Scheme, the six-month project will see a package of highways enhancement measures introduced along the busy stretch.
- widening existing pavements to cater for new shared pedestrian and cycle routes
- road resurfacing at Cemetery Junction
- raised crossings at junctions to provide a level surface and safer crossing
- planting new trees and de-cluttering of existing street furniture to provide a more attractive local environment
- an upgrade the traffic signal junctions at Cemetery Junction, London Road/Alexandra Road, London Road/London Street and Crown Street/Southampton Street.
Drainage improvement work will start on the A33 Winchester Bypass on Monday.
The work will be taking place on the A33 between the B3047 near Kings Worthy and the A34 and will involve full overnight closures of the road.
Overnight work will begin on Monday for three weeks, Monday to Friday only, between 10pm and 6am. For vehicles under 5m high, a fully signed diversion route will be in place via the B3047, through Winchester town centre to the M3 junction 9 roundabout.
Vehicles higher than 5m will be diverted east along the B3047 towards Alresford, on the A31 to the A272 Spitfire Link to access the M3 Junction 9 roundabout.
ITV Meridian can reveal that thousands of roadworks planned for Surrey and East Sussex have been banned under a radical new scheme to keep the region's traffic on the move.
The Government has given the county councils special powers to issue permits allowing companies to dig up our roads, only when it is absolutely necessary. If the works overrun the firms will be fined up to two thousand pounds a day. **Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
The interviewees are Councillor John Furey, Surrey County Council, Conservative; and Richard Linegar, Roadwork Enforcement Officer.