A PLANNED closure announced for M3 London-bound carriageway, which would have caused severe disruptions over the weekend, has been lifted ahead of schedule.

As previously reported, National Highways had announced a full weekend closure of M3 London-bound between junctions 4a and 3 beginning from Friday, February 9, until Monday, February 12.

However, this has now been lifted, and the contractors will continue with the ongoing closure between 9pm and 6am each day.

Now that the full closure has been lifted, normal traffic flow is expected to resume during the daytime, providing relief for commuters traveling from Basingstoke to London and surrounding areas.

Following inspections earlier in the year, National Highways identified a series of maintenance issues on this section of the M3.

The maintenance project includes the installation of an upgraded barrier, resurfacing, renewal of road markings, and removal of traffic management measures along the specified section of the M3.