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M27 celebrates 40th birthday

The M27 opened on this day in 1975 Credit: ITV Meridian

The M27 is forty years old today.

The first section of the motorway, near Southampton, opened on this day in 1975.

The original plan was to build a south coast motorway stretching from Folkestone in Kent all the way to Honiton in Devon.

Despite the weather, it's been a fairly delay-free day so far and these drivers have been fairly happy with the motorway's performance over the past four decades.


Woman seen walking along motorway hard shoulder

Were you driving along the M27 between junction two and three on Saturday, April 18, between 11pm and 11.30pm?

Did you see a woman walking along the hard shoulder?

Police are investigating after the woman, aged 29, was seen walking along the hard shoulder of the motorway following an altercation with a man.

Detective Constable Kirsty Burridge said: “Did you see a woman having an altercation with a man? Or did you see a black Alfa Romeo which was being driven in an unusual manner along the M27?”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Burridge at the Western Investigation Team on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

A 34-year-old man from Gosport has been arrested in connection with this incident and was released on bail until June 3, pending further enquiries.

Delays for drivers as emergency repairs underway on M27

Emergency repairs are underway on both sides of the M27 after a lorry crashed into the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways of the motorway earlier this morning.


M27 roadworks will see closures and narrowed lanes

There will be overnight closures, narrowed lanes and reduced speed limits on the M27 near Southampton until Spring 2015 as part of ongoing road improvements.

The two major improvements will begin next week as part of the government's £317m programme on motorways and trunk roads.

The enhancements will eventually reduce congestion, increase safety and improve journey times.

Sections of the M27 will undergo major improvements

The work will start on Monday 4th August from Stoneham lane eastbound from the A335 onto the eastbound entry slip road.

Improvements to junction 3 will start at the end of September, after the Southampton Boat Show, and will see the westbound exit slip road and southbound M271 widened to three lanes.

We have planned the work carefully to minimise disruption and will carry out as much of the work as possible overnight, when traffic flows are at their lowest. I advise anyone wishing to use either junction to plan their journeys and to allow extra time.”

– Highways Agency Project Sponsor Ed French

Collision on the M27

Fire fighters attended a road traffic collision involving two private motor vehicles in lane three of the motorway. One male casualty was released by ambulance prior to our arrival and one male casualty was released by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Both casualties were taken to hospital. Appliances from Hightown, Fareham and Botley attended, with a total of 19 fire fighters.

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