M3 closure traps thousands of drivers

Image caption Thousands of drivers have actually been captured in lines on the freeway and surrounding roadways

The M3 has actually resumed hours after being closed due to the fact that of “possible harmful product” on the roadway.

Thousands of vehicle drivers were captured in long lines on the freeway and surrounding roadways.

Police stated a bomb disposal group had actually been at the scene of the closure in between junctions 9 and 11 at Winchester.

The freeway was closed in both instructions from about 04:00 BST, however completely resumed at about 15:30.

Hampshire Constabulary stated officers were dealing with fire teams and the Ministry of Defence’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) group to develop exactly what the product on the roadway was.

It has actually not yet provided any more information.

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Image caption Bomb disposal professionals were contacted us to the scene
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Image caption Motorists have actually required to social networks to share photos of the scene

Motorists caught by the preliminary freeway closure had the ability to leave the M3 by 07:00, stated Highways England.

At midday, lines on the M3 eastbound were 3 miles long and westbound they were 2 miles long as chauffeurs waited to leave the freeway, it stated.

It tweeted to caution football fans taking a trip to the Southampton match versus Manchester United of the “rush hour”.

United fan Paul Hibbert was taking a trip to the match with buddies, however chose to leave the coach and make the one-and-a-half-mile last leg of journey to Winchester station by foot, strolling along the tough shoulder to junction 9.

The 53-year-old, from Manchester, explained it as “turmoil” and stated: “We are strolling up the difficult shoulder, individuals here are increasing the tough shoulder.”

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Image caption One male was caught practicing his golf moves
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Image caption Hampshire County Council’s travel info supplier Romanse tweeted this map of “gridlocked” Winchester

Hampshire County Council’s travel info company Romanse stated Winchester city centre and all paths in were gridlocked at lunch break on Saturday.

Cyclist Simon Read stated he needed to desert his bike trip.

” I got to a bridge down a little track, and there was a cop who informed me I could not go that method.

” As I returned down the track I might see there was a great deal of cops and emergency situation services workers then I saw the bomb disposal system, with exactly what appeared like a robotic at the back of it.”

Image caption Traffic was diverted far from the closed area of the freeway
Image caption Surrounding roadways were likewise been impacted

BBC press reporter Toby Wadey at the scene

It’s outright mayhem on the roadways. Vehicle drivers are turning off their engines and leaving their automobiles.

It took me 3 hours to take a trip 10 miles. I’ve given that deserted a journey from Basingstoke to Bournemouth.

We were diverted off the M3 at the Winnall roundabout.

It took more than an hour simply to obtain round the roundabout with individuals stopping and changing lanes in yellow junction boxes.

When I went back to an empty M3 northbound, the scene on the other side of the carriageway included miles of lines, with countless drivers stranded.

Motorists required to social networks to reveal their disappointment.

@neeshy_ tweeted : “Part of the M3 is closed. I’m going to be late. And I’ve simply spilled hot coffee on myself. Forming up to be a fantastic day”

Jim Hall stated : “Stuck at Winchester Services M3 South, if the roadways been closed considering that 4am why did they let us on if no other way of leaving.”

Other have actually shared photos of the scene, consisting of one revealing a guy strolling his canine on the difficult shoulder and another revealing a handstand on the carriageway.

George Vitelis, who was stranded at Winchester filling station, stated: “It’s rather an unusual circumstance – there are infants having their diapers altered beside the M3, people playing golf, individuals having picnics.

” The sun is shining, the weather condition is warm, I’m rather pleased here to be sincere.”

Image caption Motorists were diverted far from the M3