M27 Junction 7 corridor - technology improvements

Last update: March 2022

Scheme overview

Hampshire County Council delivered a £1.2 million scheme to upgrade roadside technology around M27 Junction 7 and to upgrade and improve the operation of the traffic signals at the junction of Thornhill Road / Hinkler Park Road. R&W Civil Engineering were appointed and works completed April 2021.

The Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) have reached the end of their life so Hampshire County Council plans to replace them and install new CCTV and install technology to provide journey time monitoring. The County Council is also working with Southampton City Council on developing a traffic light improvement scheme at the junction of Thornhill Park Road and Hinkler Road to reduce congestion in the area 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 at around M27 Junction 7 which will also include works to renew and upgrade the traffic signals at Junction 7. The improvements to upgrade the traffic signals 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.

As a separate but complementary activity Highways England will be undertaking improvements to the traffic lights at Junction 7 of the M27.

Traffic Management

The scheme is to install traffic monitoring or live traffic update units (VMS) on 11 different sites around M27 Junction 7. Hampshire County Council’s contractors R&W Civil Engineering will be completing the works during the day or overnight dependant on the site.

Full list of planned working locations, traffic management being used, and working times is as follows:

  • A27 Swathling Road, West End from 22/03/21 to 02/04/21 – Single Lane Closure, two way Traffic Signals 9:30am to 4pm;
  • A334 Charles Watts Way, Hedge End from 29/03/21 to 16/04/21 – Single Lane Closure 9:30am to 4pm;
  • A27 Moorhill Road (South), West End from 22/02/21 to 05/03/21 Single Lane Closure, two Way Traffic Signals 9:30am to 4pm. There will be an additional Lane Closure 18/03/2021 for Installation of Signalling Equipment;
  • A334 Broad Oak, Hedge End from 08/03/21 to 26/03/21 Single Lane Closure, two Way Traffic Signals 9:30am to 4pm;
  • A27 Kanes Hill (North), West End from 22/03/21 to 02/04/21 Kanes Hill (A27) Narrow Lanes Installed 24/7 Works undertaken 9pm to 6am;
  • Junction A27/B3035, West End from 05/04/21 to 16/04/21 – Lane Closure 9:30am to 4pm;
  • Botley Road/Tollbar Way Roundabout, Hedge End from 08/03/21 to 19/03/21 Lane Closure on Roundabout – 9pm to 5am. An additional Lane Closure is necessary on 29/03/2021 for the installation of CCTV Monitoring Equipment;
  • Kanes Hill/Charles Watts Way (East) Roundabout, West End from 22/03/21 to 02/04/21 Lane Closure on Roundabout 9pm to 6am.
Funding Arrangements
£1.2 million provided by Highways England.
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