Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

09 OCT 2013

MP welcomes 'part one' of Junction 9 works

Steve Brine has received written confirmation that badly-needed work at Junction 9 of the M3 at Winnall will begin later this month.

As part of the Government's the £217.5m 'pinch point' funding programme, which seeks to ease congestion across the country, the Easton Lane junction will see better lane segregation and a two into three lane fix on the bridge over the carriageway on the southbound side, which will aim to reduce evening queues.

Following a letter from Roads Minister Stephen Hammond MP, Steve Brine said: "This is something I have lobbied the Minister for so I am pleased it's happening and we must get on with it as, crucially, this pot of money is time limited to this year. The message I am getting from Winnall-based business in particular is their increasing frustration with J9 as a physical barrier to their businesses so it's welcome work.

"That said, I have been clear from the start that this needs to be part one of improvements at J9 and the Highways Agency, HCC and Local Enterprise Partnership need to come back with a part two plan that looks again at easing congestion from Easton Lane for traffic turning left up onto the A34 and completing properly NCN23 for cyclists."

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday 28th October.

Pictured; traffic backs up all the way down Easton Lane towards the Durngate

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