N3/M27 link 'vital' says Nicholas Ridley
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7FIE LINKING of the M3 nd the M27 is a high Govmment priority, Transport .ecretary Nicholas Ridley said viten he opened the I0-mile xtcnsion of the M3 recently roil just south-west of lasingstoke to near Winches:T.
The extension met one of AC Department of Transort's major policy objectives nd he hoped it would not be 30 long before the final secon could be improved.
Southampton was one of le country's major ports, but needed effective roadway ommunications. Portsmouth ad grown rapidly recently as ferry port.
In terms of ro/ro traffic, it /as second only to Dover ad efficient road commuications were vital. The A3 ) London was already being nproved and further sections I the M3 would give the art ready access to the Midnds.
"Clearly it is in the cows-y's interest as well as of outhampton and Portsmouth tat these great ports are nked to the rest of the counry through the national lotorway system."
Mr . Ridley said that over he next three years, the ational roads programme hould produce on average a :twin of 1134 for every pent.