Hopes that Winchester A34 junction delays will end as £200 million improvement scheme gets green light

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M3 Junction 9 M3 / A34 CGI

The government has given the green light for a £200 million improvement for the Winchester M3/A34 junction.

The scheme aims to create free-flowing links between the M3 and the A34 at Winnall which will improve connections between the south coast, the Midlands and London, reduce congestion, improve safety and introduce new networks for active travel, benefiting local communities.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper today granted a development consent order (DCO) – a form of planning permission for a development which is seen as nationally important for the infrastructure of the country.

Traffic levels are high at junction 9 between the M3 and A34, resulting in lengthy queues on the northbound off-slip of the M3 and A272 Spitfire Link, affecting journey times and road safety.

The junction will be widened, with two new bridges built to create a new gyratory, allowing the M3 to increase from 3 lanes to 4 as it passes under the junction.

The southbound slip road onto the M3 will be extended so traffic has more time to join the motorway and improve the safety of the junction with upgraded signs and gantries.

Walkers, cyclists and horse-riders will also benefit from the scheme with non-motorised routes connecting Kings Worthy and Winnall and Long Walk and Easton Lane.

Our Senior Project Manager for the scheme Tom Beasley said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement that the DCO for the M3 junction 9 improvement has been granted. We look forward to commencing construction to start solving the issues at the junction.

“This represents years of working with local communities and key stakeholders to create the best possible solution. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of the project so far.

“We will continue to work closely with people to keep them informed and minimise disruption as we move into the construction phase.”

Main construction works are due to begin in early next year and will take around three years to complete

The new junction includes 2.8km of new cycling and walking provision, including four subways and a toucan crossing and 1.7 km of new bridleway.

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