Junction 9 of the M3 at Winnall will see a comprehensive package of improvements worth upwards of £200m after a long running campaign was answered in the December 2014 'Autumn' statement.
Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine, who has worked for many years to bring major changes to the junction, welcomed the news which will secure what is a crucial freightlink via the A34 from the Midlands to the Ports on the south coast.
Steve says; "The work done at Junction 9 early in 2014 as part of the Government's 'pinch-point' scheme was always for me part one of something much bigger so I am really pleased with this new deal. As I said at Prime Minister Question Time in December 2014, it is essential for the country but also to clear the congestion which affects large parts of the city every time things back-up on the motorway.
"It will take time to deliver but I am actively involved with senior Highways Agency officials examining the plans, including how National Cycle Route 23 will be included in the new Junction 9.
"The Prime Minister came to Winchester in the Summer of 2014 and got stuck in traffic at Junction 9 M3 which, while not part of my plan, was certainly my opportunity to put it on his radar and I'm delighted we've got this announcement."
The announcement also includes work at the M3 junction 10 to junction 11 (Winchester south) which will see improvements for merging traffic to include so-called 'smart motorways', lane widening and realignment to smooth flow of traffic onto the motorway. In addition it will see investment at junction 14 of the M3 (the M27 interchange) to junction 12 (Eastleigh) on northbound carriageway to improve capacity through the junction.
More information ...
WATCH Steve speaking to Meridian TV as the announcement was made (1 Dec 2014)
MP welcomes 'part one' of Junction 9 works (9 Oct 2013)
Government update on M3 Junction 9 (8 Oct 2012)
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