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Commuters have had enough of 'M3 misery'

It's been 19 months of tailbacks, speed cameras and 50 mile per hour limits. And now the misery on the M3 is to last even longer.

A six-month delay on work to expand the carriageway means there's at least another year of road works.

The scheme is to create a so-called Smart Motorway, 16 miles long in each direction from the M25 to just before Fleet Services where the hard shoulder is being turned into a running lane.

The cost is £158 million. Work was due to end in December this year but now will go on until the end of June 2017.

But some commuters have simply had enough - as our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse explains.

Police name man killed in M3 crash

Police have named a lorry driver who died following a collision on the M3 at Eastleigh on Saturday. He was Antony Welling, 60, of Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire.

Mr Welling was driving a Mercedes lorry on the M3 southbound around 4.50pm, when it collided with a motorway barrier at junction 13.

He was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he later died. His passenger, a 45-year-old man from Essex, was also taken to hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Police are continuing their investigation and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Temporary Sergeant Dan Golding at the Totton Roads Policing unit, quoting Operation Magnolite, on 101.

Man dies after lorry collision on Hampshire motorway

Emergency services attend lorry collision on the M3

A man has died after a road traffic accident on the M3 on Saturday 4th January.

A 7.5 tonne Mercedes box lorry was involved in the accident at junction 13 of the M3 at Eastleigh. It happened just before 5pm. The victim was a sixty-year-old man.

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information can contact Sergeant Dan Golding at the Totton Road Policing Unit on 101, quoting Op Magnolite.


Three M3 workers injured in crash

The crash scene on the M3 Credit: Hants Police

Police are appealing for information after three motorway maintenance workers were injured in a collision on the M3. At around 3.10pm today an articulated lorry travelling north was involved in a collision with two small vans and a flat bed lorry between junctions 13 and 12 at Eastleigh.

The vans and the flat bed lorry are motorway maintenance vehicles and were stationary on the hard shoulder at the time. Three men who were working on the hard shoulder were injured, one of them seriously

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