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Easton Lane bottleneck set to be eased by Highways Agency
Winchester’s worst congestion blackspot could be eased by an improvement scheme announced by the Highways Agency.
Traffic tailbacks have become a worsening problem on Easton Lane in Winnall especially at afternoon rush hours as the M3-A34-A272 interchange struggles to cope with demand.
The agency has announced it will spend £400,000 in 2013 on better signing and lane designation changing the traffic lights and creating an extra lane at the junction.
In the South some £17.3 million is being spent as part of a £217 million national programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads.
The agency has also announced schemes at M27 junction 5, Eastleigh (widening approach roads, £4.9m, 2014-15) and M27 junction 3, Southampton (road widening £2m, 2014-15).
Winchester and Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine said: "Since my election I have badgered transport ministers about this junction which causes my constituents a great many problems so any investment which eases congestion, and the knock-on effect that has for Winnall especially, is welcome but I very much see this as phase one of much wider works.
“I am due to meet the new Transport Secretary shortly and will be discussing junction nine as well as the problem of surface noise from the M3 which impacts horribly in Winnall, Compton and down into Chandler's Ford.”