M3 infrastructure improvements at J9 proposed in Hampshire approved

National Highways has reported that a development consent order (DCO) has been issued for junction 9 of the M3. The NH website suggested that the recommendation stage for the DCO was completed on February 16.

Planning inspectors have submitted a report to the secretary of state for transport Mark Harper. As reported on the scheme overview, National Highways said there aim is to stop “significant delays” and reduce “heavy” traffic levels between the M3 and A34, says Portsmouth’s The News.

They said more than 6,000 vehicles pass through junction 9 very hour during peak periods, with queues being common on the northbound off-slip of the M3, the A272 Spitfire Link and Easton Lane. National Highways said the project will improve safety at the junction, reduce congestion, increase road capacity, reduce the number of people affected by noise pollution and other qualities.


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