Work Starts On Hampshire's M27 Smart Motorway

7 January 2019, 09:24

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Average speed cameras and narrow lanes come in on the M27 today, as work starts to make it a smart motorway.

The section between Junction 11 at Fareham and 4 for the M3 interchange is being turned into a smart motorway - with the hard shoulder becoming a fourth lane in stages over the next two years.

Average speed cameras are coming in between Junctions 4 and 8 at first.

(Pic: Google)

Highways England said:

'The aims of this scheme are to:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic by turning the hard shoulder into a permanent running lane
  • improve journey time reliability on the strategic road network
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth by providing increased capacity on the motorway
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network using smart motorway techniques
  • minimise environmental impacts of the scheme and where possible allow for enhancements to be made to the environment

'The M27 smart motorway scheme stretches from junction 4 (M3 Interchange) to junction 11 (Fareham), and will directly connect to the M3 junction 9 (Winchester / A34 Interchange) to junction 14 (M27) smart motorway scheme. The scheme is 24km (15 miles), and all links on the M27 between junction 4 to 11 will be upgraded to smart motorway, dual four all-lane running. The hard shoulder will be retained between junctions 7 and 8.

'The scheme will involve:

  • permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane and changing the junction slip roads to accommodate this
  • new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • emergency refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
  • the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety'