Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Jobs boost as £13m spent on Hampshire's main roads

Nearly £13m is to be spent upgrading motorways and A-roads in Hampshire, the transport secretary has announced.

Patrick McLoughlin said improvements on the M27, M3, A34 and A3 were part of a £217m national programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving.

The £12.8 being spent is expected to help create up 40,000 jobs between 2013 and 2015, he said.

It will also support the planned building of more than 23,000 new homes in the county by 2020.

Junctions three and five on the M27 will both see increased capacity by widening slip roads, creating new lanes and installing traffic signals.

Signage on the M3/A34 junction nine at Winchester will be improved.

The A3 will have a segregated left turn lane created at the Ham Barn roundabout, Petersfield, which will also get an additional lane.

Improvements to junction six of the M3 at Basingstoke include creating a lane to pass through the centre, widening on the A30 and improving lane signing and markings.

Mr McLoughlin said: "Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity.

"By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy."

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