Air ambulance called to M27 as road closed westbound at J8 due to major accident

The road is closed westbound. Credit: National Highways

A major road in Hampshire has been closed tonight after a crash near Bursledon.

The M27, which has been recently upgraded to a smart motorway, is closed westbound between Junctions 8 and 7.

Traffic monitoring service, Inrix, reported the air ambulance was in attendance.

The eastbound carriageway was initially shut whilst emergency services attended.

Traffic England, a service provided by National Highways, says the road is likely to remain closed until 04:30 on Saturday morning.

The westbound carriageway is set to be closed until the early hours. Credit: National Highways

Slip roads to the affected junctions are also closed.

National Highways has confirmed that the road is closed due to a collision on the westbound carriageway.

It wrote: "The #M27 remains closed westbound J8 #Sholing to J7 #Thornhill. The eastbound carriageway is now fully open.

"For more information and diversion route please follow this link: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates"

Motorists are being taken off the motorway at Junction 8 for Bursledon and then being directed along local roads to Junction 7 at Hedge End.

There are also long queues on the M3 northbound this evening due to emergency works at Junction 11 for Winchester.

National Highways has closed the road overnight whilst works are carried out to Shawford railway bridge.

Elsewhere motoring groups are warning of major travel disruption on Saturday as millions more get away for a summer break to the South Coast.