More traffic expected in Salisbury due to M27 closure

More traffic expected in Salisbury due to M27 closure

Published by Jack Deery at 12:57pm 30th January 2020. (Updated at 5:37am 31st January 2020)

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We are being warned that it could get quite busy this weekend due to the diversions in place.

Work to replace the Romsey Road bridge on the M27 starts again at 9.00pm on Friday (31st January) and runs until Monday (3rd February) at 6.00am.

The road will be shut between junction 3 and junction 4 at Southampton.

The diversion routes put in place are the same as previous closures, which will see all westbound traffic likely to use the A303 past Andover to Amesbury, down the A345 into Salisbury, onto the A36 and back on the M27 at Ower. 


M27 closure diversions
The eastbound and westbound diversions for the closure

This is the official diversion route but local knowledge will mean some people could take shorter ways around. 

It should be the last weekend of closures, after the project began in September 2018.

Highways England have said: 

"We have selected diversion routes for the westbound which disperse the traffic as much as possible, make the best use of the Highways England network and avoid residential areas wherever possible. 

Following on from the first weekend closure, we listened to our customers and stakeholders' feedback who largely felt that this was their preferred approach for demolition weekends."

Diversion signs for M27 closure Castle Street January 2020
Diversion signs are already in place to help drivers going along these routes


The Romsey Road bridge was officially opened to the public on the 5th December 2019.

WATCH: The new bridge being installed

This is planned to be the last of the work needed to be done, which will see the removing of redundant electricity cables and gas pipes and preparing for the "safe demolition of the old bridge".

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