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Be Smart with Your Smartphone

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Driving News | Be Smart with Your Smartphone | Andover & VillagesBe smart with your smartphone and be alert at the roadside is Hampshire County Council’s message to young people in a new social media campaign as they start the new academic year.

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Rob Humby, said, “Learning to be safe on the roads is an important lesson for everyone, whatever their age. This particular campaign aims to reach young people as they go back to school and college, to remind them to stay alert when crossing the road, and warn that letting their attention be drawn to music, games or messages on their smartphones can have serious consequences.”

Through posts on Facebook, Instagram and Google Display, the County Council will be reminding young people that making phone calls, sending messages, playing music, games or streaming video are all distractions when at the roadside.

The new campaign supports Hampshire County Council’s StreetSense programme which is aimed at 11-16 year olds. This age group has one of the highest pedestrian casualty rates of all age groups in Hampshire. Worldwide, road accidents are the biggest killer of teens.

Young people at more than half of Hampshire’s secondary schools have been involved with the County Council’s StreetSense campaign since its launch in 2012, with assemblies, workshops and theatre events arranged throughout the year to engage young people.

For more information on the StreetSense programme, visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadsafety/streetsense

Hampshire Roadworks for the Week - 11th September 2017

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Local Traffic News | Hampshire Roadworks for the Week - 11th September 2017 | Andover & VillagesThe following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 8 September 2017 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

All of the Highways improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

M3 junctions 2 (M25) to 4a Farnborough, Hampshire: Smart motorway improvement

We opened the M3 as a four-lane smart motorway, between junction 4a for Farnborough and junction 2 for the M25, in June. The speed limit was initially manually controlled at 50mph while testing of the smart motorway technology was finalised. This process has now been successfully completed enabling the smart motorway to operate at the national speed limit from August.

The southbound carriageway between junctions 4 and 4a including junctions 4 entry slip and junctions 4a exit slip will be closed overnight between 8pm and 5.30am on Monday 11 September 2017 for two nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 4 to the A331 to the A30 to the A327 to the M3 junction 4a southbound

The northbound carriageway between junctions 5 and 4 including junction 5 and 4a entry slips and junction 4a and 4 exit slips will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 5.30am on Monday 11 September 2017. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 5 to A287 to A30 to A331 to the M3 junction 4.

The northbound carriageway between junction 3 and 2 including junction entry slip and junction 4 exit slip and the M3 junction 2 slip road to the M25 clockwise and M3 junction 2 link road to M25 anti-clockwise will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 5.30am on Monday 11 September and Wednesday 13 September for two nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 3 to A322 to A30 to M25 junction 13 to M3 junction 2 northbound.

The northbound carriageway between junction 4a and 2 including junctions 4 and 3 entry slip and junctions 3, 4 and 4a exit slips and the M3 junction 2 slip road to the M25 clockwise and M3 junction 2 link road to M25 anti-clockwise will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 5.30am on Tuesday 12 September 2017. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 4a to A327 to A30 to M25 junction 13 to M3 junction 2 northbound.

The northbound carriageway between junction 4 and 2 including junction 3 entry slip and junction 3 exit slip and the M3 junction 2 slip road to the M25 clockwise and M3 junction 2 link road to M25 anti-clockwise will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 7am on Friday 15 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 4 to A331 to A30 to M25 junction 13 to M3 junction 2 northbound.

The northbound carriageway between junctions 4 and 3 will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 7am on Saturday 16 September and between 10pm and 5.30am on Sunday 17 September 2017. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 4 to A331 to A30 to A322 to the M3 junction 3.

Full weekend closure - The M3 junction 4 northbound entry slip road will be closed over the weekend between 9pm Friday 15 September until 5:30am Monday 18 September 2017. Clearly signed diversions will be in place: M3 junction 4 to A331 to A30 to A322 to the M3 junction 3.

For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/m3-junctions-2-4a-smart-motorway/

M3 junctions 5 Hook to 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: surveys

Work to improve journeys by undertaking structural surveys takes place this week. Lane closures will be in place on the north and southbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Wednesday 13 September for three nights.

M3 junction 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: bridge strengthening

Work to maintain journeys by repairing the bridge supports continues this week. Narrow lanes will be in place 24/7 on the roundabout beneath the M3 until February 2018.

For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/regions/all-regions/?postcode=&keywords=&roads=M3&status=

M4 junction 8/9 Maidenhead to 10 Wokingham: drainage

Work to improve journeys by undertaking CCTV surveys of the drainage system along the M4 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the east and westbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Tuesday 12 September for four nights.

M4 junction 10 Wokingham, Berkshire: bridge reconstruction

Work to improve journeys by refurbishing the bridge that carries the link roads over the M4 continues this week. Narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit are in place on the slip roads and a 50mph speed limit is in place on the M4 carriageway until November 2017.

M4 junctions 12 Theale to 13 Chieveley, West Berkshire: bridge refurbishment and road markings

Work to improve journeys by refurbishing a series of bridges that carry the M4 over local roads and renewal of road markings continues this week. Overnight lane closures will be in place on the east and westbound carriageways until late-October. For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/regions/all-regions/?postcode=&keywords=&roads=M4&status=

M4 junctions 14 Hungerford to 15 Swindon, Wiltshire: drainage

Work to improve journeys by undertaking CCTV surveys of the drainage system along the M4 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the eastbound carriageway overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 11 September.

M27 junction 3 Southampton, Hampshire: vegetation

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the vegetation at the junction takes place this week. A lane closure will be in place on the eastbound entry slip road overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 11 September.

M27 junction 8 Bursledon, Hampshire: vegetation

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the vegetation at the junction takes place this week. A lane closure will be in place on the eastbound exit slip road overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Tuesday 12 September.

M27 junction 12 Portsmouth, Hampshire: vegetation

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the vegetation along the M27 takes place this week. A lane closure will be in place on the eastbound carriageway overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Thursday 14 September.

A3 Horndean to Chalton, Hampshire: drainage

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the drainage system along the A3 takes place this week. Lane two of the north and southbound carriageways will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 11 September.

A3 Flexcombe/Liss to Sheet/Midhurst, Surrey: surveys

Work to improve journeys by undertaking CCTV surveys of the drainage system along the A3 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the north and southbound carriageways overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Wednesday 13 September for three nights. In addition, the northbound exit slip road at the Flexcombe/Liss junction will be closed overnight on Wednesday 13 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Ham Barn roundabout and return.

The southbound entry slip roads at the Flexcombe and Tankerdale Lane junctions will be closed overnight on Thursday 14 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Ham Barn roundabout and return

The southbound exit slip road at the Sheet Link junction will be closed overnight on Friday 15 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Berelands junction and return

A3 Milford to Compton, Surrey: surveys

Work to improve journeys by undertaking CCTV surveys of the drainage system along the A3 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the north and southbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 11 September for three nights.

A3 Guildford, Surrey: lighting replacement

Work to ensure road user safety by replacing the lighting columns between University Interchange and Compton continues this week. The A3 northbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Wednesday 20 September. A clearly signed diversion route will be in place via Guildford.

A27 Farlington, Hampshire: street lighting and surveys

Work to ensure road user safety by undertaking structural surveys and maintaining the street lighting around the A2030 Eastern Road junction continues this week. The eastbound exit and entry slip roads at the junction will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, until Thursday 21 September (Monday to Friday only). Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

A27 Havant, Hampshire: surveys

Work to ensure road user safety by undertaking structural surveys along the A27 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the east and westbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 11 September for two nights.

A31 Ringwood to Picket Post, Hampshire: surveys

Work to ensure road user safety by undertaking CCTV surveys of the drainage system along the A31 takes place this week. Lane one of the eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Friday 15 September. In addition, the slip roads at the Poulner Hill junction and Picket Post junction will be closed for short periods (non-consecutively) during the same period with clearly signed diversions in place.

A31 St Leonards, Dorset: surfacing

Work to ensure road user safety by laying new anti-skid material on the A31 westbound carriageway following recent resurfacing work takes place this week. The A31 westbound carriageway will be closed from the Woolsbridge roundabout to the Boundary Lane roundabout overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A338, Hurn, West Parley, New Road and Ringwood Road.

A31 Ferndown, Dorset: signage

Work to keep road users informed by renewing selected signs near the Ameysford roundabout takes place this week. The A31 east and westbound carriageways between the Ameysford Roundabout and Canford Bottom junction will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Tuesday 12 September for four nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via Wimborne Road East/West.

A34 Botley to Wolvercote (Oxford), Oxfordshire: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing the A34 northbound carriageway near Oxford continues this week. The A34 northbound carriageway will be closed from the A420 Botley Interchange to the A44 Peartree Interchange overnight, between 10pm and 6am, until Monday 18 September (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Oxford ring-road for all closures.

A303 Thruxton and Andover, Hampshire: bridge refurbishment

Work to improve journeys by refurbishing the bridges that carry the A303 over local roads near Thruxton and at Picket Twenty continues this week. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on both carriageways until January.

In addition, the A303 eastbound carriageway from the A338 Parkhouse Cross junction to the A342 Hundred Acre junction will be fully closed from 9pm on Friday 15 September through to 6am on Monday 18 September.

A local diversion will be in place via the A338, Tidworth, Ludgershall and the A242. Road users travelling further afield (such as between the West Country and London) are advised to use alternatives routes travelling south (the A35, A31, M27) or north (M4). For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/regions/south-east/?postcode=&keywords=&roads=A303&status=

Hampshire Roadworks for the Week - 18th September 2017

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Traffic News | Hampshire Roadworks for the Week - 18th September 2017 | Andover & VillagesThe following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 15 September 2017 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

M3 junctions 2 (M25) to 4a Farnborough, Hampshire: smart motorway improvement

The M3 in Surrey and Hampshire reopened as a smart motorway on Monday 31 July. The hard shoulder has been converted to a new fourth traffic lane in each direction on a 13.4 mile section of the motorway between junction 4a for Farnborough and junction 2 for the M25, and cutting-edge technology sets the speed limit to match conditions, helps spot any queuing traffic, incidents or broken down vehicles, and informs drivers about conditions ahead.

Major maintenance being carried out alongside the project is also substantially complete, but some activities - including the rebuilding of the Woodlands Lane bridge over the M3 near Windlesham - will continue until later in the year.

This week, the M25 clockwise carriageway between junctions 12 and 13 including the M3 junction 2 northbound slip road to the M25 clockwise and the M3 southbound link road to the M25 clockwise will be closed overnight between 8pm and 5.30am on Monday 18 September 2017 for four nights and between 8pm and 7am on Friday 22 September and Saturday 23 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junctions 3 and 1 of the M3.

The junction 4a entry slip road to the southbound M3 will be closed overnight between 8pm and 5.30am on Monday 18 September 2017 for two nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 4a southbound to the A327 to the M3 junction 4a northbound to the M3 junction 4 to turn around and re-enter the M3 at junction 4 southbound.

The northbound M3 between junctions 4 and 3 will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 7am on Friday 22 September, Saturday 23 September and between 10pm and 5.30am on Sunday 24 September 2017. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via: M3 junction 4 to A331 to A30 to A322 to the M3 junction 3.

For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/m3-junctions-2-4a-smart-motorway/

M3 junction 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: bridge strengthening

Work to maintain journeys by repairing the bridge supports continues this week. Narrow lanes will be in place 24/7 on the roundabout beneath the M3 until February 2018. For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/regions/all-regions/?postcode=&keywords=&roads=M3&status=

M3 junctions 6 Basingstoke to 9 Winchester, Hampshire: drainage

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the drainage system along the M3 takes place this week. Varied lane closures will be in place on the north and southbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 18 September for 4 nights.

M4 junction 5 Slough, Berkshire: road markings

Work to improve road user’s journeys by renewing the road markings along the M4 continues this week. The eastbound exit slip road at junction 5 will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Monday 18 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 4 (Heathrow) and return.

M4 junction 10 Wokingham, Berkshire: bridge reconstruction and surveys

Work to improve journeys by refurbishing the bridge that carries the link roads over the M4 continues this week. Narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit are in place on the slip roads and a 50mph speed limit is in place on the M4 carriageway until December 2017.

In addition to allow drainage CCTV surveys to be undertaken, lane closures will be in place on the east and westbound carriageways beneath the junction overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Wednesday 20 September for 3 nights.

M4 junction 11 Reading, Berkshire: street lighting

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the street lighting at the junction starts this week. Lanes 1 and 2 of the westbound carriageway and the westbound entry slip road at the junction will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Monday 18 September for 2 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 10 and return.

M4 junction 12 Theale, Berkshire: road markings

Work to improve road user’s journeys by renewing the road markings along the M4 continues this week. The eastbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 12 will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Saturday 23 September. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the adjacent junctions and returned.

M4 junctions 12 Theale to 13 Chieveley, West Berkshire: bridge refurbishment and road markings

Work to improve journeys by refurbishing a series of bridges that carry the M4 over local roads and renewal of road markings continues this week. Overnight lane closures will be in place on the east and westbound carriageways until late-October.

For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/regions/all-regions/?postcode=&keywords=&roads=M4&status=

M4 junction 13 Chieveley, West Berkshire: road markings

Work to improve road user’s journeys by renewing the road markings along the M4 continues this week. The eastbound entry slip road at junction 13 will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Thursday 21 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via junction 14 and return.

M4 junction 14 Hungerford, West Berkshire: road markings

Work to improve road user’s journeys by renewing the road markings along the M4 continues this week. The eastbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 14 will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Wednesday 20 September. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the adjacent junctions and returned.

M27 junctions 3 Southampton to 2 Ower, Hampshire: road markings

Work to improve road user’s journeys by renewing the road markings along the M27 continues this week. The westbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 3 and lanes on the main westbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Monday 18 September for 2 nights. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the adjacent junctions and returned.

M27 junction 12 Portsmouth, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve road user’s journeys by resurfacing the westbound slip road at junction 12 starts this week. The westbound entry slip road at junction 12 will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Wednesday 20 September for 13 nights (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the M275 and Tipner Interchange and return.

A3 Milford to Compton, Surrey: surveys

Work to improve journeys by undertaking CCTV surveys of the drainage system along the A3 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place on the north and southbound carriageways overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 18 September for 5 nights.

In addition, the southbound entry slip road at the Compton Interchange will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Tuesday 19 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the B3000, A31 Hogs Back and Down Lane.

The northbound entry slip road at the Compton Interchange will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Thursday 21 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Hurtmore junction and return.

The northbound exit slip road at the Milford Interchange will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Friday 22 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Hurtmore junction and return.

A3 Guildford, Surrey: lighting replacement and resurfacing

Work to ensure road user safety by replacing the lighting columns between University Interchange and Compton finishes this week. The A3 northbound carriageway will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, until Tuesday 19 September. A clearly signed diversion route will be in place via Guildford.

In addition, works to improve road user’s journeys by resurfacing the A3 southbound between the Burpham and Stoke Interchanges starts this week. The A3 southbound carriageway will be closed from the A3100 Burpham Interchange to the A25 Dennis Interchange overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Wednesday 20 September for four weeks (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion in place via the A3100, A246, A322, A31 and B3000.

A27 Farlington, Hampshire: street lighting

Work to ensure road user safety by maintaining the street lighting around the A2030 Eastern Road junction continues this week. The eastbound exit and entry slip roads at the junction will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, until Wednesday 27 September (Monday to Friday only). Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

A27 Warblington, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve road user’s journeys by resurfacing a slip road at the A259 Warblington junction takes place this week. The eastbound exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Tuesday 19 September for 4 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Fishbourne Roundabout (Chichester) and return.

A31 Ringwood, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve road user’s journeys by resurfacing a slip road at the A338 Ringwood Interchange takes place this week. The westbound exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 18 September for 5 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Ashley Heath Roundabout and returned.

A31 Ferndown to Wimborne Minster, Dorset, resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by repairing a damaged area of the carriageway takes place this week. The A31 westbound carriageway from the Canford Bottom junction to the Merley roundabout will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Thursday 21 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the B3073 Ham Lane, Ringwood Lane and A341.

A31 Wimborne Minster, Dorset: signage

Work to keep road users informed by renewing selected signs at the A349 Merley roundabout and B3073 Lake Gates Roundabout takes place this week. Temporary traffic lights will be in place at the Merley and Lake Gates Roundabouts overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 18 September. In addition, the temporary traffic lights will be in place at the Merley Roundabout overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Wednesday 20 September.

A31 Sturminster Marshall, Dorset: signage

Work to keep road users informed by renewing selected signs at the A350 Roundhouse Roundabout takes place this week. Temporary traffic lights will be in place at the roundabout overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Tuesday 19 September for 4 nights.

A31 Winterbourne Zelston, Dorset: signage

Work to keep road users informed by renewing selected signs along the A31 near Winterbourne Zelston takes place this week. Temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A31 near Vermin Lane overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Friday 22 September.

A34 Bullington Cross, Hampshire: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing the A30 link at the A34/A303 interchange takes place this week. The A30 link between the two roundabouts, the A34 southbound slip roads and the A303 westbound exit slip road will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Monday 18 September for 5 nights.

During the closures the following clearly signed diversions will be in place:

Westbound A303 traffic seeking to join the A34 northbound will be diverted along the Barton Stacey and returned to access the A34 from the A303 eastbound carriageway

Westbound A303 traffic seeking to join the A34 southbound will be diverted to Barton Stacey, east to the A34, north to Tufton then south on the A34

Southbound A34 traffic seeking to enter the A303 east or westbound carriageways will be diverted to Three Maids Hill and returned to access the A303 from the A34 northbound carriageway

Eastbound A303 traffic seeking to join the A34 southbound will be diverted north to Tufton then south on the A34

Local traffic seeking to join the A34 at Bullington Interchange – diverted from Sutton Scotney south along Christmas Hill, joining the A34 at Three Maids Hill

Local traffic seeking to join the A303 at Bullington Interchange – diverted from Sutton Scotney to Micheldever to access the A303

A34 Highclere, Hampshire: surveys

Work to improve journeys by undertaking surveys of the network takes place this week. The northbound exit and entry slip roads at the A343 Wash Common/Highclere junction will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 6am, on Friday 22 September. Clearly signed diversions will be in place via the adjacent junctions.

A34 Didcot to Abingdon, Oxfordshire: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing a section of the A34 northbound carriageway from the Milton Interchange to Abingdon starts this week. The A34 northbound carriageway will be closed from the A4130 Milton Interchange to the A415 Marcham Interchange overnight, between 10pm and 6am, from Tuesday 19 September for four weeks (Monday to Friday only). A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A417 to Wantage, north on the A338, then the A420 to re-join the A34 at the Botley Interchange.

A34 Botley to Wolvercote (Oxford), Oxfordshire: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing the A34 northbound carriageway near Oxford finishes this week. The A34 northbound carriageway will be closed from the A420 Botley Interchange to the A44 Peartree Interchange overnight, between 10pm and 6am, until Monday 18 September. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Oxford ring-road for all closures.

A303 Thruxton and Andover, Hampshire: bridge refurbishment

Work to improve journeys by refurbishing the bridges that carry the A303 over local roads near Thruxton and at Picket Twenty continues this week. Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in place on both carriageways until January 2018.

The A303 westbound carriageway from the A3093 Picket Twenty junction to the A342 Hundred Acre junction will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 18 September with a clearly signed diversion in place via the A3093 and A343.

The A303 eastbound carriageway from the A338 Parkhouse Cross junction to the A342 Hundred Acre junction will be closed overnight, between 9pm and 6am, from Monday 18 September for 4 nights, with a clearly signed diversion in place via the A338, Shipton Bellinger, Tidworth, Ludgershall and the A342.

The A303 westbound carriageway from the A342 Hundred Acre junction to the A338 Parkhouse Cross junction will be fully closed from 9pm on Friday 22 September through to 6am on Monday 25 September. A local diversion will be in place via the A342, Ludgershall, Tidworth and A338. Road users travelling further afield (e.g. between the West Country and London) are advised to use alternatives routes travelling south (the A35, A31, M27) or north (M4).

For further information visit: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/regions/south-east/?postcode=&keywords=&roads=A303&status=

Green Light For Self Driving Lorries in UK

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Self-driving lorries could soon be cruising down Britain’s motorways after they were given the green-light.

As part of the trials, a ‘platoon leader’ driving a heavy goods vehicle will head a small convoy, with the following trucks, or ‘drones’, being piloted by computers.

The lorries will drive close together and are linked electronically, communicating via radar, GPS and wifi.

The lead truck will determine the speed, position and route and also controls acceleration, braking and steering for the entire convoy.

The distance between the trucks is optimised to reduce air drag, cutting fuel consumption and emissions, potentially by up to 20%.

Similar trials have already been carried out elsewhere in Europe and in the US but it’s the first time it will be happening in Britain.

The Government has provided £8.1 million funding towards the trials, which are expected to take place by the end of next year.

All lorries involved will have a driver ready to take control if required.

Announcing the funding for the pilot scheme, Transport minister Paul Maynard said: "We are investing in technology that will improve people’s lives.

"Advances such as lorry platooning could benefit businesses through cheaper fuel bills and other road users thanks to lower emissions and less congestion.

"But first we must make sure the technology is safe and works well on our roads, and that’s why we are investing in these trials."

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England’s Chief Executive, welcomed the announcement, and stressed that safety will be an integral part of the trials:

"We are pleased to be supporting the government’s ambition for the UK to be a global leader for innovation.

"The trial has the potential to demonstrate how greater automation of vehicles – in this instance, HGVs – can deliver improvements in safety, better journeys for road users and reduction in vehicle emissions.

Investing in this research shows we care about those using our roads, the economy and the environment, and safety will be integral as we take forward this work with TRL."

AA president Edmund King warned that a group of three lorries can obscure road signs from drivers in outside lanes and could block access to slip roads.

Mr King said: ‘A three-truck platoon is longer than half a Premier League football pitch.

‘We all want to promote fuel efficiency and reduced congestion but we are not yet convinced that lorry platooning on UK motorways is the way to go about it.

‘We have some of the busiest motorways in Europe with many more exits and entries. Platooning may work on the miles of deserted freeways in Arizona or Nevada but this is not America.’

A303 Eastbound Closures at Thruxton this Weekend

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Traffic News | A303 Eastbound Closures at Thruxton This Weekend | Andover & VillagesDrivers on the A303 in Hampshire are being reminded to plan their journeys this weekend as work to maintain three bridges along the road continues.

The eastbound A303 near Thruxton, from the A338 Parkhouse Cross junction to the A343 Hundred Acre junction will be fully closed all weekend, from 9pm on Friday (15 September) through to 6am on Monday (18 September). This is to allow for essential maintenance to take place on the bridge which carries the A303 over Thruxton Down Road (Thruxton Hill bridge) and the bridge which carries the A303 over the local road near Thruxton race circuit (Kimpton Quarley bridge).

A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A338 to Tidworth, east along the A3026 Ludgershall Road and the A342 Andover Road towards Andover. This route is expected to be extremely busy, and alternative routes using the M5, M4, A35 and A31 will be signed further afield for long distance drivers travelling between the West Country and the London/South East area.

Work at each bridge will involve replacing the waterproofing material under the carriageway and resurfacing the road over the bridges to provide drivers with safer and more reliable journeys for years to come.

Highways England Project Sponsor Gemma Luckhurst said:

“Maintaining these three bridges will prolong the life of the structures and provide the 60,000 drivers that use this section of the A303 each day with safer and more reliable journeys for years to come. We have planned the work carefully to limit inconvenience to road users, and by carrying out the work on the three bridges at the same time we hope to minimise the overall disruption.”

There will be another weekend closure from 9pm Friday 22 to Monday 25 September. The A303 westbound carriageway will be closed from the A343 Hundred Acre junction to the A338 Parkhouse Cross junction (weather permitting).

Young Drivers Most Likely to Embrace Electric Driving

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Andover Lifestyle News | Most Popular Baby Names For 2017 So Far RevealedWhether the Government’s target to eliminate sales of internal combustion engine cars by 2040 is practical or not, it is the younger generation leading the way in embracing electric car technology.

That’s according to new research which shows that younger drivers are more likely to own an electric vehicle (EV) than any other age group. Those aged 24-34 are next most likely to own one while those aged 55 and above least likely to do so*.

Edmund King, AA president says: “This may confound the ‘boy racer’ image that older people may have of young drivers. Although overall numbers are still low, it shows that young drivers are taking an interest in new car technology – despite the fact that three-quarters (76%) are concerned about the high purchase price of EVs. But even that compares with 84% of older drivers concerned about price.”

The AA-Populus study amongst over 16,500* drivers showed that for those who don’t own an EV, barriers to ownership stubbornly remain the perceived lack of charging stations; the cost of buying an electric car and durability of the battery.

Other concerns include the potential time it might take to offset low running costs against purchase price and ‘limited range’.

“In reality, these concerns are evaporating much more quickly than perhaps most people realise,” says King.

“It seems that young drivers certainly ‘get’ the concept of electric driving and our research consistently showed that it is older drivers who are putting up concerns that simply don’t exist. In fact a third of respondents overall (33%) say they have no understanding of EVs.”

To counter that lack of awareness, the AA Trust has launched ‘Drive Electric’ – free sessions designed to help drivers understand electric vehicles and how to obtain the best economy from them.

The first sessions are being run in conjunction with the new Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Milton Keynes launched by Roads Minister Jessie Norman MP in July – the first centre of its type dedicated to electric and plug-in vehicles.

The fact is the average journey length in the UK is just 8.9 miles and for most families, an EV is the ideal economical and practical solution for a second car at least.

New vehicles are coming on stream with much higher practical range (200 miles will soon be very much the low end) and there are hundreds of new public charging points being installed every month.

Government incentives are designed to not only contribute towards the cost of a new EV but also for the cost of charging points at homes and work places**.

Young drivers are most likely to want to charge their car at work (nearly a third, 32%, of 18-24 year olds say so compared with 11% of 55-64-year-olds). Firms can get grants towards installing charging points and doing so demonstrates a commitment to the fast-changing automotive technology.

King also welcomed the recent (3 August 2017) spending commitment for on-street EV charging points such as the Transport for London announcement that £4.5m is being spent on improving the on-street charging infrastructure in Greater London.

“Our study clearly showed that if such points were installed in residents’ parking places, it would bring down an immediate barrier to ownership for those living in flats for example, who otherwise find it difficult to charge their cars.

“EV ownership has been growing rapidly but is still a long way from widespread public acceptance, given that registrations of plug-in vehicles recently passed just 100,000***.

“Initiatives such as the new Chargemaster-sponsored multi-brand Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Milton Keynes will help break down the perceived barriers but it is clear that young drivers are the most enthusiastic adopters of the new world of electric driving.”

* 5% of respondents aged 18-24 say they own an EV compared with 4% aged 25-34 and 1% of those aged 55+. Populus surveyed 16,508 AA Members between 12 and 19 July 2017

** The plug-in car grant grant will pay 35% of the purchase price up to a maximum of £4,500 for cars that can travel at least 70 miles with zero emissions, and a range of grants are available for installation of chargers at home or on business premises

*** The 100,000th plug-in vehicle registration was marked on 18 June by a ‘power drive’ from Greenwich to Milton Keynes of EVs, organised by Chargemaster