Plan your journeys ahead of Highways England’s closure of the M27 this weekend

Travel advice as major work is carried out to replace bridge

As Highways England prepares to close a section of the M27 to replace the bridge which carries the A3057 Romsey Road over the motorway, Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council are urging residents to leave more time for their journeys and expect extra traffic in the area.

The M27 east and westbound carriageways will be closed between junctions 3 and 5 from 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 5am on Monday 1 July. Signed diversions will be in place via Southampton, Chilworth, North Baddesley and Romsey.

There will also be five cruise ships docked in Southampton on Saturday which we expect to have additional impact on travel into the city centre.

Full information on the scheme is available from the Highways England website.

We will be doing everything that we can in Southampton to minimise the impact of the Highways England closure of the M27.

  • There will be no roadworks on the diversion route.
  • Recovery crews will be on standby should any vehicles break down on the diversion route
  • Our city CCTV control room will be monitoring traffic flows throughout the city and providing updates via @scchighways
  • Where possible we will be adjusting traffic signals to improve traffic flows

Travel Advice

We expect all routes into and around Southampton to be very busy this weekend. If you’re travelling to or around the city please make sure you allow plenty of extra time for your journey and consider public transport, walking or cycling where possible.

You can use our My Journey travel planner to get ahead of the game and map out your journey ahead of time.

Hot weather advice

This weekend is set to be a scorcher. If you are travelling by car remember to take some extra water for your journey as we expect all routes to be busy.

Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available:

From the web at Highways England

By phone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 03 numbers are charged at no more than a national call to an 01 or 02 number and are included in all discount schemes and call allowances. This applies to all landlines, mobiles and payphones. Call costs will vary depending on your landline or mobile supplier.) Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.

On Apple and Android mobile devices via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the South East follow us at @HighwaysSEAST or for the full Twitter index visit here.

Follow @scchighways Twitter for updates on Southampton’s roads this weekend.

Diversion maps

M27 Closure Eastbound

M27 Closure Westbound