The project was approved by Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, at his recent decision day and is due to start this spring.
Councillor Humby said: “The roadside technology has reached the end of its life, so we are going to replace it to maintain effective journey time monitoring. In addition, we are working closely with Southampton City Council on developing a traffic light improvement scheme at the junction of Thornhill Park Road and Hinkler Road. This is a known congestion hotspot and together these works aim to reduce congestion and improve journey times.”
The scheme includes an upgrade of the traffic signals, installation of Bluetooth monitoring units and the renewal of Variable Message Signs (VMS) and CCTV. It forms part of wider package of measures funded by Highways England planned to improve traffic flows at and around M27 Junction 7.
Hampshire County Council will be delivering the technology improvements on Highways England’s behalf as one element of the Highways England’s wider proposals for the improvements around M27 Junction 7 Improvements to upgrade the traffic signals at Junction 7 will be undertaken directly by Highways England as a separate but complementary scheme.
Junction 7 of the M27 serves as the main access route to Hedge End and connects the A27 with onwards connections to Bitterne and other parts of Southampton to the east. The area is subject to extensive peak time congestion leading to extended journey times affecting both the local and strategic road networks.
The renewal and installation of the VMS and the network monitoring CCTV is one of a series of wider network management measures to help improve the flow of traffic exiting the motorway and to complement Highways England’s M27 SMART Motorway project.