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M27 closure: Motorway closure continues through weekend

M27 diversion traffic
Image caption Motorway traffic was diverted on to a single carriageway through Eastleigh on Sunday

Motorists continue to face delays as a busy motorway stretch near Southampton remains closed for major road works.

The eastbound M27 has been shut between junctions four and five since 21:00 GMT on Saturday while work to improve surface water drainage is carried out.

The Highways Agency says it will improve safety for thousands of motorists who use the stretch daily.

Drivers are being diverted via some residential areas but have been warned police will be conducting speed checks.

The stretch of motorway will remain shut until 05:30 GMT on Monday.

Insp Kirsty Shannon, of Totton Roads Policing Unit, urged motorists to allow extra travel time.

She said: "They will be able to follow the clearly signed diversion route.

"I ask that they pay attention on the roads they will be diverted along as these are through some residential area and have lower speed limits than the motorway.

'Minimum disruption'

"They are also used by other vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians.

"We will be carrying out speed enforcement to assist in the safety of everyone affected".

Phil Sheppard, Highways Agency asset manager, said works would reduce the likelihood of standing water on the carriageway, which is prone to flooding during heavy rainfall.

He added: "We have considered other options but a 32-hour eastbound closure has proved to be the best, safest and most cost effective way to do it while keeping disruption to a minimum."

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust said messages were being sent to all front-line vehicles in the area alerting them to the closure and advising them to follow diversions.

Spokesman James Keating-Wilkes said the situation would be reviewed in the event of a major incident.

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